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Scientist III, Tomato Production

Role: Full-time

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone.  Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need.  Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this.  We are a collaborative and innovative bunch.  We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously.  We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way.  Most importantly, we’re here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet.  

About the role

The Production Scientist will be responsible for integrating crop physiology research and advanced horticulture techniques for the development of controlled environment tomato production systems. This role will work with creative and motivated teams to drive research objectives of the Crop Development team. The researcher will plan and assure completion of horticultural trials involving cross-functional teams. Responsibilities include discovery of levers to increase growth, yield and quality; trial management and reporting;  and approve farm design and production process. It will be critical to stay current with the advancements in horticultural production practices that will aid Plenty in accomplishing our mission to bring delicious and nutritious food to people around the world.

What you'll do

  • Lead a focused team to integrate factors and components of growth, yield, and quality to optimize the environment, system, and process for commercial scale production of seed propagated fruiting crops
  • Planning, management, and execution of research trials for development of controlled environment production systems in alignment with tomato program strategy.
  • Collaborate with researchers in engineering, physiology, metabolomics, genetics, and sensory to drive cross-functional research for tomato farm development.
  • Progress the tomato research program through the Plant Science product and farm development process.
  • Interpret and report on trial results to inform farm design and product development process working with Engineering, Program Management, Commercial and Plant Science.
  • Establish collaborative relationships with other researchers in the field through attendance of conferences, symposia, and workshops.
  • Supervise technical staff to assist in research efforts as needed.
  • Occasional travel will be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What you'll bring to the table

  • PhD in Horticulture, Plant Physiology, or similar discipline and 4+ years of research experience in small fruit production, controlled environment agriculture, plant manipulation or similar field.
  • Able to coordinate across multiple disciplines, conceptualize complex research, implement innovation, and report to diverse stakeholders at a program level.
  • Demonstrated ability for production at research scale, execution of horticulture trials, and completion of research projects.
  • Proven ability to increase yield and quality with improved crop production methods.
  • Practical experience with environmental models for plant growth and development, experimental design, and multivariate analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience with tomato research or production in controlled environments and/or hydroponic systems.
  • Strong research, analytical, and communication skills.
  • A hard-working, proactive, and self-motivated individual.
  • Ability to work in a startup environment with rapidly developing goals and timelines.

Type of role

Full-Time 

What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K 
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All employees must show proof of COVID vaccination before starting work, other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Make sure Equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable