Senior Scientist, Biocontrol

Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020
 Full Time
 Large scale

Position Description

Andes is harnessing the power of microbes to develop novel seeds for a future generation of regenerative agriculture.

We are seeking a motivated, outstanding and dynamic Senior Scientist to join our team to develop the next generation seeds for agriculture. The Senior Scientist will play multiple roles within the R&D group with an emphasis on inhibition of fungal pathogens by bacteria.


  • Develop molecular strategies using bacterial chassis for the inhibition of fungal pathogens.
  • Design and optimization of bacteria transformation protocols.
  • Design and build plasmids for strain manipulations.
  • Design and implement a combination of specific CRISPR/Cas9 and traditional transformation
  • Mutagenesis of selected strains.
  • Analysis of transformants and mutants for desired phenotypes and genotypes.
  • Interpretation, statistical analysis and reporting of experimental data in a timely manner.
  • Maintain timely and detailed documentation of work.
  • Mentor and train other team members as required.
  • Contribute intellectually to strain optimization efforts.
  • Track relevant IP, literature and technological developments in the scientific literature and give presentations as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD degree in Plant pathology, Plant biology, Microbiology, Bacteria Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology, Microbial Genetics or a related discipline, with 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with fungal inhibition by bacteria.
  • Experience with high throughput screening and automation.
  • Experience with plasmid design (including genetic engineering software) and construction.
  • Experience with CRISPR/Cas9 and traditional transformation techniques in bacteria.
  • Experience with PCR.
  • Experience with DNA and protein electrophoresis.
  • Experience with enzyme assays.
  • Experience with genomic sequence analysis and interpretation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desirable Experience

  • Experience in the field of plant-microbe interaction.
  • Experience in bioinformatics, genomics and transcriptomics.
  • Detailed knowledge of microbial physiology/biochemistry.
  • Data organization and reporting with Microsoft Excel, R or Tableau.

The applicant must be authorized to work in the U.S.

What we offer

  • Competitive package in an early-stage, disruptive startup.
  • Stock options.
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