About Pivot Bio:
Fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the soil microbiome, Pivot Bio is pioneering game-changing advances in agriculture. Our commercial products harness the power of naturally-occurring microbes to provide nutrients to crops. We provide new and sustainable ways for farmers to improve yield as they work to help feed the world’s growing population. Read/Hear more about Pivot Bio on Forbes or PBS News Hour.
We are seeking a detail-oriented Senior Scientist/ Principal Scientist to join our growing Plant Analytics team. This individual will be an integral part of our plant biology team and will be expected to develop novel tools and assays to quantify plant response to our product candidates. In addition, the successful candidate will collaborate within and across teams to generate and communicate data that support advancement decisions for our testing pipeline.
Primary Location: Hayward, California with travel once a week to Berkeley Headquarters
Manage a growing team of researchers responsible for screening and validation of Pivot’s microbial candidates using controlled environments, both greenhouses and growth rooms
Direct the development and optimization of assays and procedures to generate reliable, quantitative data on plant growth metrics and product performance
Collaborate with internal and external partners to design and execute plant assays using controlled environments to validate new technologies
Prioritize daily tasks to meet the needs of all team members, and effectively communicate progress and results in a timely manner
Further develop and implement data curation/ QC and statistical analysis pipelines and visualization tools for real-time decision making
Develop and test models for plant growth outcomes based on measured microbial phenotypes
Required Skills and Experience:
Senior Scientist - PhD in biological sciences (plant biology, horticulture, or agronomy strongly preferred) with at least 8 years of relevant experience, master’s degree with at least 12 years of relevant experience, or equivalent related experience
Principal Scientist - PhD in biological sciences (plant biology, horticulture, or agronomy strongly preferred) with at least 12 years of relevant experience, master’s degree with at least 16 years of relevant experience, or equivalent related experience
Experience with plant care/greenhouse assays and previous work in maize, wheat, rice, or other row crops
Extensive experience in assay development and design of experiment
Advanced computer skills including data capture/ visualization as well as management and statistical analysis of complex data sets
Superior communication and teamwork, and ability to forecast time and resource needs
Experience managing projects across multiple teams
*Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
What we offer:
- Competitive package in a disruptive startup
- Stock options
- Health/Dental/Vision insurance with employer-paid premiums
- Life, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability policies
- Employee Assistance Program with free referrals and discounts
- 401(k) plan, 3% Match
- Commuter benefits
- Annual Training & Development support
- Flexible vacation policy with a generous holiday schedule
Exciting opportunity to work with a talented and fun team
Hiring Compensation Range: $137,911 - $172,389
This salary range for this Hayward, CA based position incorporates a premium for the Bay Area. If this role is hired remotely or outside the Bay Area, contact compensation for the lower range for National Benchmark. Following employment, growth beyond the hiring range is possible based on performance.