Plant Science

Science Director

South San Francisco, CA

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.  

Currently Plant Science is concentrated in Laramie, Wyoming at our research facilities there.  It is the goal of Plenty to build a team that appropriately operates at and across locations to maximize the value of both sheltered research and operations, as well as close interactions with members of other teams to drive integrated problem solving.  In order to enjoy the benefits of this structure, it’s necessary that a Director level position be built in SSF to help direct the growing science team there, manage and encourage cross team collaboration, and operate as a day to day Plant Science representative on the ground in SSF. 

What You'll Do

  • Manage various research and product development positions growing in SSF, including microbiology, the crop database project, energetics, product design, high-level screening, etc.
  • Help to shape a culture of creativity and innovative thinking by leading engagement with other non-science teams
  • Structure PS growth in SSF and be the eyes and ears of the CSO as we scale across two locations.
  • Help manage communication, team building and culture of PS teams across locations and build the foundation for a large PS research facility down the road, and a large, effective team of scientists to staff it
  • Drive definition, hiring and structuring decisions for SSF PS and Product Development roles
  • Help manage budgets and resources for PS operations and research in SSF

What We're Looking For

  • 8+ years industry experience in science and management roles

  • A MSc or PhD in a scientific field with experience in labs and on applied projects

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

  • Comfort and effectiveness managing diverse teams

  • 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

  • Preferred Skills: a PhD in a field of fundamental science with experience operating in roles where fundamental science is used to solve applied science problems, eagerness to work in a hyper-growth environment, passion and excitement around indoor growing, experience in the greenhouse or indoor growing space, basic knowledge of farm systems- lighting, plumbing, etc., a passion for food, intellectual curiosity, bias for action, experience as a grower or working closely 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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