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PMI Discovery Scientist

Boston MA - Plant Science Full-time
Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks dedicated to addressing unmet needs in agriculture by applying synthetic biology approaches to engineer microbes.
Objective
  • High throughput in planta characterization of beneficial microbes’ ability to colonize crops.
  • Responsibilities
  • Develop and establish a pipeline to test microbial candidates for in planta colonization.
  • Under the guidance of the Plant Microbe Interaction (PMI) Discovery Lead develop relationships with Academic institutions within the area of expertise.
  • Work collaboratively with project team members from across diverse technical /business functions and colleagues at Ginkgo to identify molecular predictors of in planta microbial performance.
  • As a technical expert, cultivate and maintain knowledge of this emerging field through reading, conference attendance and consultation with experts in the field.
  • Training/Experience
  •  Ph.D. in Plant-Microbe Interaction, Microbiology, Molecular Ecology, Plant Science or related disciplines required.  
  • 3+ years of industry experience in the area of microbial discovery and screening required.
  • Experience in using Molecular Biology and Genomics tools in running screening pipelines is desirable.
  • Strong understanding of agricultural field research and experience in development of biological and crop protection or enhancement products.
  • Excellent interpersonal effectiveness skills are essential for the success in this.
  • Organizational
  • The position will be part of the Plant Microbe Interaction team within Plant Science Department and report to the PMI Discovery Lead

  • Location
    This position will be based at our Boston site and will require 5-10% travel.