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Research Associate II, Plant Pathology



Laramie, WY, USA
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023

About Plenty

We are on a mission to grow plenty of fresh food for everyone, everywhere. We are building the world’s largest, most technologically advanced, indoor vertical farms. Using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need, our farms are designed to secure our food future.

Our people and teams are how we make our mission possible. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Join us as we rewrite the rules of agriculture, and we’ll bet our berries you’ll be rewarded with innovative and collaborative teammates, a supportive environment, diverse career opportunities and meaningful work.

About the role

Plenty is looking for a Research Associate II, Plant Pathology to join our Plant Pathology team. The Plant Pathology team will examine plant disease diagnosis and support farm productions by contributing to various microbial related research projects. In this role, you will be responsible for the sample organization, processing, and examination of the plant disease diagnosis tests for leafy green and fruiting crops in our farms. You are also responsible for the data collection and the test report.

What you'll do

  • Support and examine plant disease diagnosis with molecular biology tools
  • Communicate test results with key stakeholders on a timely basis
  • Support the research experiment plans and executions for microbial related research projects
  • Work closely with scientists, engineers, and farm operations to translate scientific findings into farm productions
  • Assist in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data
  • Assist establishment of lab protocol and SOPs for laboratory equipments and the test method
  • Maintain the laboratory inventory, related paperwork (MSDS/SDS and waste management record)
  • Follow all biosafety rules and regulations while working assignments in the laboratory
  • Travel up to 5% of the time
  • Other duties as assigned. Schedules will be reviewed periodically and are subject to change based on business needs

What you'll bring to the table

  • MS in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, BioEngineering, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, or related field OR BS in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, BioEngineering, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, or related field with 2+ years of experience
  • 1+ year of full-time research experience in industrial or academic setting
  • Experience in plant disease diagnosis, including working with fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques; gDNA extraction, RNA extraction, protein extraction, PCR, qRT-PCR, and ELISA
  • Comfortable to work in basic laboratory environment and use scientific equipment
  • Ability to work computer software such as Microsoft Office and Google Drives
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with cross functional teams
  • Passionate for growing healthy plants

Type of role

Full-Time; Onsite

What we can offer

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive wage, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits from day one, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we offer 2 weeks of paid time off + 6 days of paid sick leave per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply