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Terramera

Plant Pathologist

Technology & Discovery – Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Technology & Discovery
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

OVERVIEW
We are currently seeking passionate candidates with a PhD in Plant Pathology and strong drive to understand the mechanism of action of natural actives to fully utilize their potential in controlling plant diseases. This position will work closely with our other scientists in Plant Physiology, Entomology and Nematology, as well as greenhouse team, who run our automated plant growth facility in Downtown Vancouver. In collaboration with the High Throughput Screening (HTS) Manager, this position will convert plant disease assays into high throughput format and support the HTS Manager with the generation of high quality in-vitro and in-planta screening data. This position will also work closely with our Engineers and Data Scientist to develop image-derived disease evaluations in support of automated analysis of experimental results.

YOUR MISSION
To develop Terramera’s fungicide assays and scientifically support the high through-put screening activities related to fungicide development. To apply your deep understanding of plant diseases and pathogenesis to develop disease models for the successful testing of natural actives using Terramera’s targeted delivery technologies.

 RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop in-vitro and in-planta bioassays to study the efficacy of fungicides;
  • Ensure scientific validity of high through-put fungicide screening results;
  • Mentor junior scientists to apply academic knowledge to industry challenges; and
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with interfacing scientists and engineers on interdisciplinary activities.

REQUIREMENTS

  • PhD in Plant Pathology;
  • Knowledge of mechanisms of action of natural fungicides;
  • Knowledge of plant biology and plant defences;
  • Experience with systemic plant delivery;
  • Experience with large scale efficacy testing and data analysis; and
  • Experience with interdisciplinary communication and working in a start-up environment.

QUALITIES WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • Demonstrated ability in problem solving and working in a dynamic environment;
  • Curiosity and creativity in meeting challenges and obstacles;
  • Desire for interdisciplinary collaboration and openness to “out of the box” ideas; and
  • Positive “can do” attitude and proactive flexible leadership style driven by vision, passion and persistence.

LOCATION

  • Vancouver, BC

WHO WE ARE
Terramera is an award-winning Vancouver, Canada-based sustainable agriculture cleantech company using chemistry, machine learning and AI technologies to develop and optimize safer, more effective plant-based replacements to toxic chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

WHY US?
Our goals are big, hairy and audacious. We’re striving to reduce the use of toxic chemical pesticides by 80%, help increase global food production by 20% and positively impact a billion people by 2028. Our unique and proprietary technologies enable us to increase the efficacy of active ingredients such as neem oil by delivering them into target cells, which results in revolutionary, high-performance plant-based products for conventional and organic agriculture use.

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Terramera is committed to a diverse workforce and we are an equal opportunity employer.

Our success begins with our people. We’re looking for A-Players who are passionate about making a difference as we are and thrive in environments that are dynamic, challenging and rewarding. Join our movement, as we set a new standard and change the world together as a highly dedicated, innovative, future-focused and solutions-oriented team.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For more information on Terramera, please visit our website at www.terramera.com

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  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    Technology & Discovery
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
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