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Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Type: Full Time
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Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Life Insurance
Phytogenesis seeks to hire an experienced scientist to support the company’s biological sciences team. The ideal candidate will perform diverse tasks related to optimizing product development for microbe/pest control in agricultural crops. The Scientist will work closely with lab personnel to conduct and oversee day-to-day operations in an agricultural research laboratory. Responsibilities include product development and formulation, efficacy analyses, pathogenicity assays, development of scale-up production methods and overseeing the maintenance of an organized and safe laboratory environment.
Candidates for full-time or part-time work schedules will be considered. This position provides the opportunity to be part of a talented, interdisciplinary team bringing sustainable, new crop protection products to market. The successful candidate will play a key role in the development and optimization of Phytogenesis agricultural products. Phytogenesis is an investor-backed startup company located in Lexington, KY. PhytoGenesis leverages plant-based compounds to develop safe and non-toxic alternatives to fungicides and other pesticides. Phytogenesis is an equal-opportunity employer.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The employee in this position will work in a laboratory. This role routinely uses laboratory equipment and standard office equipment.
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: The position may require occasional travel to farm sites within Lexington.
• PhD in plant biology, plant pathology, plant physiology, or a related field. Previous postdoctoral experience is desirable but not essential.
• Candidates familiar with routine molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and analytical methods like HPLC/GC-MS are strongly preferred.
• Ability to communicate effectively with team members and collaborators
• Proficiency in MS office and statistical analysis software
PhytoGenesis leverages plant-based compounds to develop safe and non-toxic alternatives to fungicides and other pesticides.
Our environmentally friendly products provide broad-spectrum protection against a variety of diseases throughout the plant life cycle.
The global crop protection chemicals market continues to grow as farmers turn to herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides to mitigate crop losses and maximize yields. The per-acre cost of applying chemicals and the potential for negative health effects have created a demand for sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions. We aim to develop products that will address food security by lowering treatment costs and maximizing efficiencies.
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