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.
Provide leadership for Plant Pathology and abiotic stress projects to evaluate in planta performance of engineered microbes (biological control).
Responsible to develop a strategic framework of the stage-gated in planta screening pipeline for our engineered microbes to improve translation from the controlled environment (greenhouse/growth chamber) to the field for all Programs
Proactively collaborate with Program scientists on customizing the pipeline for each programs which includes the choice of the in planta screening assays for each stage gates and defining rigorous selection criteria to select lead microbes
Monitor and keep track of all engineered microbial leads moving through the pipeline via facilitation of the decision making meetings with stakeholders and Project Scientists.
Through cross functional interactions with Program Directors and scientists, for biotic and abiotic stress programs lead the efforts on development of flexible, scalable, and high-throughput in planta bioassays for each stage-gates and nominate microbial leads for the field trials
Through collaboration with the Data Science colleagues, develop the experimental design, analyze data and short-list the microbial candidates for the field efficacy trials
Closely working with the Field Trial Manager oversee the course of the field efficacy trials
Identify new and maintain relationships with present CROs and external collaborators
Continuously improve the technical excellence and sophistication of the bioassays through acquiring new technologies.
As a Part of the Departmental Leadership team, mentor and functionally supervise junior level scientists.
Ph.D. in Plant Science disciplines, including but not limited to Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Agronomy etc, is required
5+ years of industry experience and particularly in biocontrol development is required
Strong expertise in greenhouse/growth chamber bioassay development is essential
Experience in working with CROs and partner industries is highly desirable
Demonstrated strategy development skill and ability to work cross-functionally are required
The position will be part of the Plant Science Department and report to the Department Head
This position will be based at our Woodland, CA site and will require 10-15% travel.
Food & Agriculture
Reduced Food Waste
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About Joyn Bio
Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Ginkgo Bioworks and Leaps by Bayer, founded to solve the urgent agriculture challenges threatening our global food supply and environmental health using the combination of synthetic biology and beneficial microbes.
With our scientifically rigorous approach and microbe engineering platform, we are developing sustainable ag biologicals for crop protection and fertility that meet or exceed the performance of their chemical counterparts. Our first product is an engineered microbe that enables cereal crops like corn, wheat, and rice to convert nitrogen from the air into a form they can use, significantly reducing the environmental impact of agriculture's reliance on chemical fertilizers.