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.

AgBiome is searching for experienced leaders with passion for and expertise in the following disciplines:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Entomology
  • Fermentation
  • Nematology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant pathology

Candidates must have the ability to effectively:

  • Lead scientific teams to reach product goals, including planning of project-specific objectives, estimating resource needs and optimizing platforms.
  • Work within multiple teams to outline priorities and allocate resources to projects.
  • Understand and communicate how the details of their discipline contribute to AgBiome’s strategic business plans.
  • Uncover and resolve issues associated with project progress, ranging from experimental details to inter-team communication.
  • Resolve conflicts and live comfortably within the dynamic atmosphere inherent in our unique culture.
  • Communicate complex ideas to various audiences, especially scientists, partners and potentially investors.
  • Act as the point person for specific external partnerships.
  • Formulate IP tactics to protect proprietary projects/products.
  • Lend expertise to critical internal committees, including advancement and job performance, recruiting and hiring, compensation, communication and benefits.
  • Actively recruit, hire, and train employees.
  • Desire to work and train others at the bench.
  • Write scientific papers.

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.

Do you like the smell of Agrobacterium in the morning? Do you know what it takes to make dozens of transgenic plants in one day? We are looking for exceptional scientists to join our team and expand plant transformation efforts at AgBiome. We are looking for curious, self-motivated, friendly, creative, and well organized scientists to make a real impact in the agricultural biotechnology industry. If you are ready to take full advantage of your maize and soybean transformation experience at an exciting and expanding organization, then you are the applicant we want.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • BS, MS or Ph.D. with at least 3+ years of successful work making transgenic plants
  • Knowledge of a variety of methods and crops is desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and refine plant transformation protocols
  • Proven success establishing a plant transformation facility (or a strong desire to do so)

AgBiome compensation packages include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Equity grant
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance
  • 401K plan plus matching company contribution

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.

The fermentation and formulation scientist will develop and optimize fermentation and formulation processes for novel biological pest and disease control products that are identified by screening our large microbe collection.  He or she will optimize growth parameters for a large diversity of microbes identified as having biopesticidal activity.  This scientist will develop upstream and downstream fermentation processes for economical production of these microbes at lab and pilot plant scale, and will assist with scale-up of production as needed for registration and field trials.  An important aspect of this position is formulation work to develop processes and materials that will stabilize microbes for shelf-life and application demands.  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.

Requirements

An advanced degree in fermentation microbiology, biochemical 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 a discovery research environment. Experience with interdisciplinary teams and with presenting complex data to diverse audiences is critical.

An intense focus on both productivity and research quality is essential.  Leadership, interpersonal and scientific communication skills, and a desire to achieve excellence in research are equally important.  Our unique non-hierarchical and self-managed working environment emphasizes team-work and the ability to focus on common goals.    Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of roles in a small company, a good sense of humor, and a wild enthusiasm for growing cool stuff in big tanks are also really necessary.

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, or email your CV and cover letter to jobs@agbiome.com. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Are you an insect-enthusiast with a love for generating lots of data and the desire to make a significant difference in agriculture? We are searching for an Entomology Assay Biologist who will conduct bioassays to screen for insecticidal activity of microbial samples. Duties include rearing and maintaining agricultural pest insect colonies, caring for host plants, insect diet preparation, dosing and infesting plates, scoring bioassays, data entry, and general laboratory maintenance.

Requirements

Minimum education: BS +2 years of hands-on experience or MS in entomology or related field with insect handling and bioassay experience.

Additional requirements: Proficiency working with insects of agricultural importance (lepidopterans, coleopterans, and/or hemipterans) and a desire to conduct high throughput screening is required. Gentle hands with high manual dexterity in performance of assays and ability to discern small size differences among insect larvae is a must. Attention to detail, an intense focus on both productivity and research quality are critical.

Coursework in entomology and hands-on work experience in an industry discovery research environment are preferred.

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, 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.