Senior Research Scientist, Plant Nutrition and Fluids Systems

Laramie, WY

At Plenty, we’re on a mission to give people in local communities everywhere access to the freshest, most amazing tasting produce possible. And to do so in a way that’s better for the planet.

About the role

We are in the early stages of a rapid-growth phase for new product development.  Success in this area is critical to the advancement of Plenty’s mission to bring exciting, delicious, low-cost produce to people around the world.  As Senior Scientist you will be responsible for coordinating detailed, cross-functional work, and steering new production designs and methods for Plenty products from the concept stage to market.

Type of Role

Full-Time

What you’ll do

  • Solve CEA production problems with applied knowledge of plant nutrition and fluid systems by working in cross-functional groups to establish design requirements for large scale fluids systems.
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to design and test nutrient delivery systems and filtration apparatuses for a diversity of crop species.
  • Collaborate with plant science to develop crop specific nutrition programs to optimize for plant health, yield, and quality.
  • Be the plant nutrition expert who engages with engineering teams and provides design guidance based on knowledge of potential design
  • impacts on plant health and production.
  • Utilize environmental sensing systems to improve understanding of the plant experience and define key indicators that improve efficiency in nutrient delivery and uptake.  
  • Test integrated systems equipment to determine process impacts on yield.
  • Conduct analyses of fluids distribution in relation to chemical characteristics to identify areas of continuous design improvement.
  • Compile and analyze plant tissue analyses to establish environment and crop specific nutrient thresholds based on life stage.
  • Assist in the establishment of new crop best management practices.
  • Assist in establishing new crop production systems in current and future farms. 
  • Analyze trial results and provide feedback to leadership to inform decisions that direct the development process and critical path to product launch.

What We’re Looking For

  • MS in Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Agronomy, or related field with a focus on plant nutrition
  • Minimum 5+ years’ industry experience in agriculture or horticulture
  • Minimum 5+ years’ of operational management experience
  • Minimum 2+ years’ experience in controlled environment agriculture research
  • Experience optimizing plant nutrition for a diversity of crop species
  • Experience formulating hydroponic nutrient solutions 
  • Strong critical thinking skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively amongst peers and across business units
  • Adaptability to a fast-paced environment and evolving/new goals
  • Ability to analyze data, synthesize results from multiple sources, and make concise recommendations 
  • Ability to cope with uncertainty and the potential requirement to make decisions with incomplete information
  • Strong passion for working with produce and experience with balancing a broad set of scientific disciplines
  • Proven ability to be a high output individual
  • Continued desire to learn

About Plenty

Plenty is here to change the way people eat, making extraordinary flavor and nutrition more available in a way that's better for people and the planet. We build farms that can put craveable flavor first while delivering exceptional yields. And our produce is always pesticide-free and grown using less than 1% of the land and 5% of the water of outdoor farming.