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 are the applicant we want. 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 pipeline. This is primarily a laboratory position, with some additional time spent on data management and analysis, with additional job responsibilities and opportunities to adapt based on qualifications and performance. We are an innovative company, and therefore flexibility and enthusiasm for learning new roles will be rewarded.

Skills and Qualifications:

This job requires laboratory training and experience in sterile technique and microbial culturing, 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, initiative, and be a creative independent thinker. Candidates must have a BS or MS degree in microbiology or a related field.  Relevant industry experience is beneficial, but not necessary.  Knowledge of, and experience with, building and screening culture collections would be a plus.  New graduates with the right attitude are encouraged to apply.If you think plush microbe toys make great desk decorations and appreciate colleagues who agree, or if you can streak a plate blindfolded, you might be just who we are searching for!

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.

***New Posting***

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

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.

***New Posting***

AgBiome is a revolutionary agricultural innovation company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to decreasing risk and improving crop production in order to feed our growing world population.  We have discovered and developed a pipeline of products, both traits and biologicals, which we partner with other companies and/or take to market ourselves.

AgBiome is growing and always seeking exceptional candidates to help lead existing and new efforts at our facility in Research Triangle Park, NC.  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 leaders with well-developed skills in the areas of service, initiative, and influence.  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.

 Professional qualifications needed:

  • Business or technical knowledge in a field relevant to AgBiome
  • Proven record of successful leadership in industry or ag biotech
  • 5+ years industry or ag biotech experience and PhD or Masters degree

Scientists with world-class expertise in any one of the following disciplines:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • English or other modern language
  • Entomology
  • Fermentation
  • Nematology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant pathology
  • Plant Physiology

Most Important Personal Skills and Experience

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 business or scientific ideas.
    • You are internally motivated for success, and understand the pitfalls of inaction in an entrepreneurial environment.
    • You have a well-developed and mature sense of risk versus reward in business and/or science.

    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 good and bad conflict, and you can help others find effective resolutions.

    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.

***New Posting***

AgBiome is a revolutionary agricultural innovation company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to decreasing risk and improving crop production in order to feed our growing world population.  We have discovered and developed a pipeline of products, both traits and biologicals, which we partner with other companies and/or take to market ourselves.

Our first product, HowlerTM biological fungicide, has been submitted for regulatory approval and will be commercialized in late 2016.  This product will be followed by many other biological pesticides to control a variety of plant diseases, insect pests and nematodes.

The successful candidate understands the US agricultural (includes non-crop) market including drivers, trends and production practices. This role will develop the marketing strategy for AgBiome’s product launches, including the current and projected market environment, product trends and grower needs, key product emphasis, key segments and targets, channel programs, pricing, terms, promotional and communication direction. Additionally this role will be responsible for identifying product packaging and formulations needed for market segments.  Collaborative forecasting and demand planning will be required. The successful candidate will clearly and concisely convey information internally and externally. The successful candidate will develop and conduct product roll out training (which includes features, benefits, programs, and resourcing) for field sales representatives and key customers when product reach commercialization. The successful candidate will monitor product promotional resources and prioritization and provide resource plans in annual product business plans and lead the product strategy team. Close collaboration with AgBiome’s field development and sales representatives is required. Education/Experience required: MS / BS in agronomy, business development, biology or related field with 5-7 years of product management or strategic planning experience.

Relocation to the Research Triangle Park, NC area will be required.

An intense focus on both productivity and quality is essential.  Leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, and a desire to achieve excellence are equally important.  Our unique non-hierarchical and self-managed working environment emphasizes team-work and the ability to focus on common goals while having fun.

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.

Job Description:

We know you are out there.  You are the bioinformatics expert that everyone goes to with data problems. You know how to program as well as how to string together off-the-shelf tools and make them work on whatever hardware you can find.  Strangely, you can actually explain what you have done in a way that people appreciate and understand.  More importantly, you are also a true scientist who can approach large data sets, form testable hypotheses, and then actually test them.  Most importantly, you want to be part of a truly revolutionary effort to understand microbial genomics on a scale never before attempted, and you want to do it now.

Candidates must have:

  • PhD (or MS and extensive industry experience) in the biological sciences or bioinformatics
  • Comfortable in Linux environments including command line hacking and shell scripting
  • Experience with Python (or knowledge of multiple languages and willingness to learn and work in Python)
  • Experience with SQL databases
  • Experience programming and dealing with large, sometimes ambiguous biological data sets (must be able to demonstrate experience organizing, hypothesizing, & working with large data sets
  • Experience with genome or metagenome analysis
  • Experience with DNA and protein sequence analysis
  • Laboratory or other research experience, preferably with publications that demonstrate the ability to reason and manage complex problems
  • Good prioritization skills for an agile business environment; understanding business prioritizations, willingness to reprioritize based on new inputs
  • Evidence of project completion
  • A positive, can-do attitude and a strong desire to be part of a successful team of bright, capable colleagues
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Desire to have coding be a part of your daily routine

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with one or more of R, BioPython, Pandas
  • Experience with Object Relational Models
  • Experience working with cloud computing platforms
  • Awesome Excel skills
  • Ag experience

AgBiome compensation packages include:

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

Interpersonal and scientific communication skills and a desire to achieve excellence in programming and 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. 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.

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.  We are producing a pipeline of products, both traits and biologicals, which we partner with other companies and/or take to market ourselves.   We develop some products as internal projects, and others as part of R&D partnerships funded all or in part by the commercialization partner.

Our first product, HowlerTM biological fungicide, has been submitted for regulatory approval and will be commercialized in late 2016.  This product will be followed by many other biological pesticides to control a variety of plant diseases, insect pests and nematodes.

The successful candidate establishes, negotiates, and coordinates all field development programs for products and technologies in AgBiome’s phase 2-3 product pipeline with in house and 3rd party researchers. Designs experiments, provides statistical analysis, interprets, and evaluates results; prepares reports and/or presentations; monitors and collects 3rd party research data to assess accuracy, validity and integrity. Clearly and concisely conveys information internally and externally as needed. Will establish and conduct product training (which includes features and benefits) for field sales representatives and key customers when development product reaches commercialization. Monitor field development expenses and provide resource plans for phase 2-3 products. Key member of the product strategy team. Close collaboration with AgBiome’s R&D personnel is required. Education/Experience required; Ph.D. in chemistry or biology with 5-7 years of field development experience or a MS degree with 10+ years of relevant experience.

Willingness to travel extensively is required.

An intense focus on both productivity and quality is essential.  Leadership, interpersonal and scientific communication skills, and a desire to achieve excellence are equally important.  Our unique non-hierarchical and self-managed working environment emphasizes team-work and the ability to focus on common goals.

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. 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.

We are looking for a unique individual to take on some of the most important tasks in the lab!  If you possess a dedicated mind that insists on methodical and meticulous work habits, and are ready to make a significant impact on agricultural biotech, you may be the person we are seeking. Your primary responsibility will be to prepare the media and solutions that support all laboratory activities at AgBiome. As such, you can take satisfaction and pride in knowing that your work will be essential for the success of the science and technology at our company.

Skills and Qualifications:

You should have a minimum of 5 years of experience making media and solutions in a laboratory setting.  Applicants with experience making plant transformation media are strongly preferred.  Additional requirements of the position include: A 2-Year (or higher) college degree, basic chemistry and math skills, and mastery of sterile technique are required.  You will be part of a high-performance scientific team, so good communications skills, overall enthusiasm for your work, and active engagement with fellow team members are also essential skills.  Please include a brief explanation of why you are interested in this position in your cover letter, and sent it to career (at) agbiome (dot) com along with a resume.

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. Applicants should please submit a cover letter and CV detailing why they would be a good fit for the position. Applications made directly to individual AgBiome employees will be re-directed to apply via the website.

AgBiome is an agricultural product discovery and commercialization company, organized as an LLC to maximize value capture from our products and technologies.  We are working in two product areas, biologicals and traits, and have developed an industry-leading biotechnology platform to identify leads and develop them to commercialization.  We develop some products independently, and others as part of R&D alliances with major industry partners.  Business development activities are focused on supporting the success of these products and partnerships.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Business Development function at AgBiome performs two main services:

  • Helps identify and build business models for new opportunities in agricultural biotechnology.
  • Helps attract, sell and close deals; both R&D partnerships, and commercial agreements related to distribution, marketing and sales of AgBiome products.

 

Specific Functions:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of AgBiome’s discovery platform and product pipeline.  Become familiar with how everyone in the company contributes to product discovery and development.
  • Positively represent AgBiome broadly to potential R&D partners and purchasers of AgBiome technologies and products.  This includes scouting and negotiating activities (see below).  This may also include participating in ongoing relationships, particularly with an eye to business and license components of deals.
  • Negotiate deals with R&D partners and with potential acquirers of assets that AgBiome has created in both the trait and biologicals markets
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate business opportunities that result from AgBiome activities.  Estimate the value of our products and technologies in the major agricultural markets.   As time permits, also look at including potential application of our technologies in spin-out areas (g. pharma, animal nutrition).
  • Continue to prospect deals and follow up with potential business development partners (~15-20 companies)
  • Formulate business strategy for commercializing Howler™ biological fungicide, AgBiome’s lead biological product, and other AgBiome pipeline biological products. Define value of different market segments.
  • Line up additional potential commercial partners for Howler™ and advance discussions with current potential partners. Negotiate commercial terms for partnerships with the most attractive potential partners.
  • Develop and evaluate different business models for maximum value capture from AgBiome’s biologicals business.
  • In all cases, as for every other function at AgBiome, these activities will be carried out with the support of everyone in the company in a highly interactive team environment.

 

Qualifications/ Experience:

The candidate will be an accomplished business development professional with experience in deal making, market analysis, and team-based negotiation.  Substantial experience in the agricultural industry (5+ years) and direct experience in negotiating with crop protection distribution channel partners is required.

The ideal candidate will also possess one or more degrees a scientific discipline such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, entomology, nematology, plant pathology, weed science, agronomy or similar.

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 resume 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.

AgBiome is harvesting the plant microbiome to discover traits and biologicals that benefit plant health.  We are looking for a trustworthy genius to join our growing team of molecular biologists, biochemists, fungal pathologists, bioinformatics nerds, nematologists and entomologists to tackle these (and other) projects.  Essential skills that will help you succeed in this position include a few (3-5) years of hands-on experience with subcloning/vectoring, protein purification (affinity purification for sure, FPLC experience is a bonus) and protein analysis.  Coomassie blue should be your favorite color, and nothing in life should bring you more joy than seeing a single fat band on a gel at the end of a purification. Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of roles in a small company and wild enthusiasm for doing new stuff, as well as routine stuff, is necessary too.   We will consider candidates of various education and experience levels to best complement all the pieces in our expanding team.  In addition to your CV, please also submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and the relevance of your 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 resume 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.

We are looking for a unique individual to take on some of the most important tasks in the lab!  If you are reliable, curious and ready to really make an impact in agricultural biotech, you may be the person we are looking for.  You will ensure the smooth functioning of our scientific activities by cleaning laboratory vessels and sterilizing laboratory waste.

Of course, you will be doing all of this with a big smile and a great attitude, because through your dedicated work, you enable the rest of the team to perform the scientific experiments that power innovation at AgBiome.

Skills and Qualifications:

You should possess a highly efficient work habit that is comfortable with intercalating multiple activities throughout your work day. Applicants with a working knowledge of high pressure autoclaves and industrial dishwashers, and who have had prior experience in biology and chemistry laboratories are strongly preferred. Hours are negotiable, based on the needs of the team. Please send a brief explanation of why you are interested in this position to careers (at) agbiome (dot) com, and include a resume of your work 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 resume 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.

Are you up for the challenge of working with beneficial microbes to develop biological insecticides? We are searching for an Entomologist who will develop, validate, and run novel assays against coleopteran pests of food crops. Duties include in vitro and in planta assay development, screening of microbes, data analysis, interpretation and presentation of results.

Minimum education/experience

  • MS +2 years of relevant hands-on experience or PhD in entomology or related field
  • Experience screening challenging below ground crop pests (candidates with field or lab experience will be considered)
  • Ability to conceptualize, develop and run practical miniaturized lab assays and greenhouse pot assays that will translate to field efficacy

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in the discovery of insect control biologicals

This is a research position and most of the time will be spent at the bench. Data analysis, interpretation and presentation of results will occur frequently. Attention to detail, an intense focus on both productivity and research quality are critical. Some domestic and international travel may be required.

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. Enthusiastic applicants should please submit a cover letter and resume 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.