Do you want to be part of a truly revolutionary effort to understand and apply plant microbiomes to improve agriculture and help feed the world? AgBiome, a biotech startup located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is looking for scientific leaders to help us carry out discovery of biologicals and traits on a scale never before attempted. We are growing scientific, business, and cultural systems to reach our aim of being the most successful aThe grind teamgricultural innovator ever. AgBiome’s organization is based on shared commitment and coupling responsibility to expertise, creating a flexible, collaborative environment for a uniquely productive and enjoyable work experience.  Our culture looks and feels casual but is built on scientific rigor and well-elaborated processes.

We are always looking for people who will not only thrive but will help the company excel. We encourage and reward flexibility and enthusiasm for learning new roles. We interview only highly qualified candidates who pass multiple reference checks. If you are interested in a career with us, please apply online using the links below.

Job Description:

We are looking for an exceptional scientist to join our team in the Microbiology Group at AgBiome. If you are curious, self-motivated, and ready to make a real impact in the agricultural biotech industry, you may be  the applicant we want. This is primarily a bench-level laboratory position, with some additional time spent on data management and analysis.

A willingness to embrace our cultural values will be critical for success in this role.  We have a unique self-organizing culture, and we are looking for candidates that recognize the importance of the following skills.

  • Service: An understanding of what service leadership is and have a track record of helping those around you succeed. 
  • Initiative: You have a consistent track record of success in identifying, developing, and executing new ideas.  You are internally motivated for success, and understand the pitfalls of inaction in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Versatility:  You are an active team member who can embrace change and remain flexible to reach the company goals.
  • Influence: You can thrive in complex environments, and have all the interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills to be successful in these environments.

We embrace these skills explicitly and work together to improve ourselves.  We do not have a traditional hierarchical reporting structure, and therefore it is extremely important that each individual actively contributes to making AgBiome a successful company and a tremendously cool place to work.

Skills and Qualifications:

The Microbiology team at AgBiome isolates and cultures diverse microorganisms from environmental samples, including soil and plant tissue, and uses these to feed our biological and trait product pipelines. This job requires:

  • Meticulous sterile technique
  • Microbial culturing (experience with diverse microbes is preferred)
  • Quality Control experience and curating microbial collections
  • Experience with high throughput screening, assay optimization, media optimization, and regulatory experience preferred.
  • Attention to detail, a willingness to learn new skills, and a flexible, entrepreneurial attitude.

 

As part of a small and fast-moving team, you must have excellent communication skills and be a creative, independent thinker. Relevant industry experience is beneficial.

Qualifications:

B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in biological sciences with a minimum of 3+ years of experience

AgBiome is a revolutionary research and discovery company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to decreasing risk and improving yield in agriculture in order to feed our growing world population. Enthusiastic applicants should please submit a cover letter and CV detailing why they would be a good fit for the position, and how they could contribute to the AgBiome team. Applications without a cover letter, will not be considered.

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Are you a motivated, self-starter who loves working with plants?

Do you want to make a difference and help solve modern agricultural problems?

If so AgBiome is searching for a Greenhouse Biotechnology Specialist to assist with our greenhouse operations.  You will work closely with many functional groups at AgBiome bringing science to fruition in important agricultural crops.  Excellent communication skills as well as a good attitude are a must!

Job responsibilities include:

  • General plant care
  • Handling GM plants and seed
  • Maize embryo production
  • Hands on assay work
  • Data collection

Required for the job:

  • S. in Life Sciences-Biology or Horticulture or related field
  • 3+ years relevant experience in an industry research setting
  • Experience growing corn and soy
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to work in a weekend and holiday rotation
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Willingness to work in hot/humid conditions
  • Must have valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle to travel between sites
  • Excellent communication skills

Additional experience in these area is preferred:

  • Assay development
  • Nematode colony maintenance
  • Integrated pest management

AgBiome is a revolutionary early stage research and Discovery Company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to decreasing risk and improving yield in agriculture in order to feed our growing world population.  Enthusiastic applicants should please submit a cover letter and CV detailing why they would be a good fit for the position and how they could contribute to the AgBiome team. Applications without a cover letter, will not be considered.

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We are searching for an outstanding Molecular Biologist to join the AgBiome team. This position requires a person who is enthusiastic and willing to participate in a variety of roles within the company, with a particular emphasis on vectoring for plant transformation and plant analysis. AgBiome is a highly collaborative environment where the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals across teams is essential. If you are confident you can contribute to the success of the team, please submit a CV as well as a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and the relevance of your experience.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Efficiently design and build custom plant transformation vectors as needed to meet team goals.
  • Analyze transformants for transgene insertion and expression level (transcript and protein).
  • Collaborate across teams to develop efficient technologies to improve plant transformation and gene expression in plants.
  • Recommend alternatives, research, develop and deploy new methods and technologies that can advance plant analysis and expression analysis.
  • Duties will primarily involve bench work along with some data analysis and sample tracking.

Required for the job:

  • B.S. or B.A. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or other closely related field.
  • 5+ years of productive hands-on vectoring and plant analysis experience within an industry setting.
  • A strong background in the concepts and methods of molecular biology and biochemistry with evidence of creative solutions to complicated problems.
  • Proven technical proficiency in general laboratory practices, particularly advanced PCR techniques, DNA purification, electrophoresis, bacterial transformations, plasmid preps and cloning.
  • Experience in using different software platforms to design and confirm vector constructs.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Candidates should be self-motivated, organized, and enjoy scientific investigation and thinking, and be willing to explore new methodologies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with a variety of expression analysis techniques including western analysis and qRT-PCR.
  • Familiarity with protein expression and purification methods.

AgBiome is a revolutionary early stage research and Discovery Company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to decreasing risk and improving yield in agriculture in order to feed our growing world population.  Enthusiastic applicants should please submit a cover letter and CV detailing why they would be a good fit for the position and how they could contribute to the AgBiome team. Applications without a cover letter, will not be considered.

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***New Posting***

The formulation scientist will develop and optimize formulations and formulation manufacturing processes for novel biological pest and disease control products. These products are based on microbes that are identified as having biopesticidal activity by screening our large microbe collection.  He or she  will  1) develop processes and materials that will stabilize these microbes so they have commercially-appropriate shelf life and application characteristics; 2) develop downstream processes for economical production of these stabilized formulations at lab and pilot plant scale; 3) assist with scale-up of production as needed for registration and field trials.   Laboratory bench work, statistical design of experiments, data collection and analysis, and coordination of teams of scientists in-house and with off-site collaborators/toll manufacturers will be required. Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of roles in a small company,  a good sense of humor, eagerness to learn new skills and advance the science of biological formulations, and a wild enthusiasm for providing cool new products to agriculture are also really necessary.

Requirements

An advanced degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or the equivalent is required. Work experience should include 5+ years at the PhD level, or 7+ years at the M.S. level, in an industrial research environment. Experience with interdisciplinary teams and with presenting complex data to diverse audiences is critical.  Exposure to manufacturing processes and economics is a plus.

An intense focus on both productivity and research quality is essential.

We have a unique self-organizing culture, and we are looking for leaders with well-developed skills in the areas of service, initiative, and influence.

  •         Service:   You understand how ‘leadership as service’ models work in the real world, and have a track record of helping those around you succeed.  You understand goals and can help those around you align with company priorities.  You can help colleagues and teammates connect our long-term vision to our 3-year, 1-year, and immediate objectives.
  •         Initiative:  You have a consistent track record of success in identifying, developing, and executing new ideas.  You are internally motivated for success, and understand the pitfalls of inaction in an entrepreneurial environment.
  •         Influence: You can thrive in complex environments, and have all the interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills to be a top performer in most situations. You understand the difference between disagreement and conflict, and you can help others find effective resolutions.

We believe that these are critical qualities even in traditional hierarchical organizations.  Unlike most such organizations, at AgBiome you cannot hide in the inky shadows of the org chart and expect to be effective based on an arbitrary reporting structure (which we don’t have).  We embrace these skills explicitly and work together to improve ourselves.

AgBiome is a revolutionary early stage research and discovery company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to decreasing risk and improving yield in agriculture in order to feed our growing world population.  Apply via our website at www.agbiome.com, or email your CV and cover letter to jobs@agbiome.com. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

 

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Job Description:

Are you an insect-enthusiast with a knack for tinkering and the ability to develop elegant bioassays using ordinary things? Do you love to generate and analyze large amounts of data and have the desire to make a significant difference in agriculture? We are searching for an Entomologist who will design, conduct and perfect in vitro and in planta hemipteran and other insect bioassays to screen for insecticidal activity of microbial samples.

Requirements

Minimum education: MS +1 year of experience or PhD in entomology or related field with bioassay and data analysis expertise are desired. Exceptional candidates with a BS degree and significant experience will be considered. Hands-on work experience in an industry discovery research environment is preferred.

Additional requirements: Proficiency working with insects of agricultural importance (hemipterans and/or lepidopterans, coleopterans) and a desire to conduct high throughput screening is required. Gentle hands with high manual dexterity in performance of assays and attention to detail are a must. Data entry and analysis and frequent internal presentation of results will occur on a weekly basis. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is essential.

Interpersonal and scientific communication skills and a desire to achieve excellence in research are equally important.  The ability to work independently and in teams is essential as our unique non-hierarchical and self-managed working environment emphasizes team-work and the ability to focus on common goals. Flexibility, a good sense of humor, and a love of research are highly desired.

AgBiome is a revolutionary early stage research and discovery company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to decreasing risk and improving yield in agriculture in order to feed our growing world population.  Apply via our website at www.agbiome.com, or email your resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@agbiome.com. Applications without a cover letter, will not be considered.  Applications made directly to individual AgBiome employees will be re-directed to apply via the website.

 

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We are looking for an exceptional scientist to join our Nematology group at AgBiome.  If you are a curious, self-motivated person that just happens to think nematodes are the coolest and possibly even the smartest organisms alive then you may just be the candidate we are looking for to join our team.

A willingness to embrace our cultural values will be critical for success in this role.  We have a unique self-organizing culture, and we are looking for candidates that recognize the importance of the following skills.

  • Service: An understanding of what service leadership is and have a track record of helping those around you succeed regardless of your own hierarchical level in a company.  You understand goals and can help those around you align with company priorities.
  • Initiative: You have a consistent track record of success in identifying, developing, and executing new ideas.  You are internally motivated for success, and understand the pitfalls of inaction in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Influence: You can thrive in complex environments, and have all the interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills to be successful in these environments.

We embrace these skills explicitly and work together to improve ourselves.  We do not have a traditional hierarchal reporting structure, therefore it is extremely important that each individual actively contributes to making AgBiome a successful company and a tremendously cool place to work.

Job Description:

This position requires work at the bench to develop predictive screening paradigms that will enable us to discover efficacious products to control agricultural nematode infections.  We are an innovative company; therefore, flexibility and enthusiasm for learning new roles and displaying innovative thoughts and actions is required.

Requirements:

  • Experience developing and performing both in-vitro and on-plant nematode assays
  • Experience performing on-plant nematode greenhouse assays, specifically focused on the early detection of nematode infections.
  • Experience developing in-vitro screening paradigms that contain novel, innovative assays.
  • Experience in a research and discovery screening environment, including an understanding of the development of predictive screening paradigms for the discovery of novel nematicides.
  • Enjoy working in the lab, optimizing routine assays and providing reliable data.

Qualifications:

  • B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in biological sciences with a minimum of 5+ years of experience

AgBiome is a revolutionary early stage research and discovery company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to decreasing risk and improving yield in agriculture in order to feed our growing world population. Enthusiastic applicants should please submit a cover letter and CV detailing why they would be a good fit for the position and how they could contribute to the AgBiome team.  Applications without a cover letter, will not be considered.  Apply via our website at www.agbiome.com , or email your CV and cover letter to jobs@agbiome.com.

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