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Plant Science

Director, Plant Growth

Laramie, WY

2019_06_09_PLENTY_TIGRIS_GROW_ROOM_1262_FNL
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 Role

Plenty is on a mission to grow food that’s better for people and the planet. Our primary way of doing this is by building farms that break free from the constraints of the field to grow food at massive scales, close to the consumer.  A critical element of building, operating and optimizing these farms is work done by Plant Science, and the collaboration between plant scientists, engineers and farm operators.  Understanding the dynamic growth of plants and the inputs that drive that growth is critical to the success of the company.  In an effort to improve our research and understanding of how plant growth is measured and manipulated, we are hiring a Director of Growth Kinetics to help build and manage teams focussed on production phases, areas of plant growth, and energy management.

What You'll Do

  • Help build and manage research teams for  seed, seedling and grow-out phases of plant production across dozens of crops

  • Manage teams across lighting, irrigation, environmental and theoretical research

  • Help to shape a culture of collaboration, creativity, and innovative thinking by leading and fostering engagement with other teams across the company

  • Work closely with Engineering and Farm Ops to ensure that Plant Science learnings are communicated, adopted and applied correctly within the company

  • Think creatively about research on known and novel ways to drive yield and quality across all crops

  • Help define and execute on research themes, budgets and programs across all areas of Growth Kinetics.  Ensure that resources are being correctly allocated within your team.

  • Work closely with Engineering and Operations on Farm Design and operation

What We're Looking For

  • 8+ years of experience managing science teams, including⁠—ideally⁠—experience in industry

  • An MSc or Ph.D. in a field of Plant Science with experience in applied roles

  • Experience working with engineers and operations personnel to drive the application of scientific findings to business operations or product development

  • Demonstrated effectiveness managing diverse teams

  • Creativity and systems thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, flexibility, and comfort dealing with evolving problems

  • Must be data-driven

  • Exceptional communication skills

  • The ability to confidently interact with executives, senior managers, board members, and investors

  • Self-driven, and capable of driving projects with minimal oversight

  • Ideal candidates will have: a Ph.D. and/or deep industry experience in both fundamental and applied fields of plant science, eagerness to work in a hyper-growth startup environment, passion and excitement for controlled environment growing, experience in the greenhouse or indoor growing space, knowledge of hydroponic farm systems and how they contribute to system microbiology, e passion for food, intellectual curiosity, a bias for action, experience working with growers

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.

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