At Valent BioSciences, our focus is on building the strongest portfolio of biorational solutions to improve agricultural productivity, protect public health, and keep our forests beautiful. It's all part of our commitment to creating value for our customers around the world — and doing so in a sustainable way.
Description of Job: Plan, lead and execute a fully integrated applied research program in soil microbiology, focusing on plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) with the primary goal of discovering new products.
Provide scientific expertise and technical leadership in the area of PGPRs as a key contributor to an interdisciplinary research team.
Responsible for the design of lab and greenhouse assays to evaluate soil microbes and mixtures thereof for their enhancement of plant growth/yield and their impact on soil health to contribute to the overall Rhizosphere research program
Develop reliable quantification methods to monitor soil and root colonization dynamics and the growth and survival of introduced soil microbes.
Lead small-scale production of microbial inoculants for greenhouse and field trials.
Participate in cross-functional new product development teams involved in the evaluation and commercialization of PGPRs and related products.
Assist in developing a global network of university, government, and other 3rd party contacts that can serve as a pool of potential research collaborators to further our understanding of soil health and the plant rhizosphere and assist in the development of new products.
Support 3rd party technology evaluations based on Global Business Development activities.
Supervise and mentor direct report(s).
Travel: Domestic/International travel 5-10%
Post-PhD experience conducting independent research on PGPRs required.
Strong basic and applied background in soil microbiology. Demonstrable experience in soil microbiome methodology including bacterial and fungal community profiling.
Hands-on analytical skills related to soil microbial quantification.
Practical experience in isolation, identification and preservation of microbial strains.
Understanding of plant response to biotic and abiotic stresses is a plus. -
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Track record of using innovative approaches that can be used for developing new products
Knowledge of experimental design, statistics and use of associated software programs.
Routine use of MS software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ELN.
Education: PhD degree in Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Soil Biochemistry, Plant Pathology or related field.
Internal Number: 1143
About Valent BioSciences, LLC.
About us Valent BioSciences is a worldwide leader in the research, development and commercialization of biorational products for the agricultural, public health and forest health markets. With sales in an estimated 100 countries around the world, Valent BioSciences is renowned for its innovation, best-in-class Quality in Manufacturing, product performance and consistency, and fully developed portfolio of sustainable solutions.
Valent BioSciences' offerings include a wide range of proprietary and environmentally compatible bioinsecticides that provide a strong and measurable return on investment. The portfolio includes biofungicides, bionematicides, mychorrhizal fungi, preharvest coatings and plant growth regulators used in sustainable systems around the world. Biorationals are substances typically derived from biological origins and include biological pesticides as well as products used for enhanced plant physiology, crop stress management, harvest management and root growth management. They are typified as being highly specific in their activity and as low impact products that deliver distinct economic, environmental, worker safety and health benefits. An ISO 9001:20...08 Quality Management System-certified company, the majority of our products are manufactured using proprietary fermentation processes and post-fermentation product recovery techniques rooted in pharmaceutical manufacturing, techniques that Valent BioSciences perfected over more than 50 years.
Valent BioSciences is a clear leader in the development of intellectual property related to biorationals. Our R&D personnel are skilled and respected as leaders in the area of plant science with extensive expertise in the discovery of new technologies, the development of natural products, the optimization of the fermentation process and the development of new formulations. The Valent BioSciences team works in close collaboration with its parent, Sumitomo Chemical Company, and affiliate companies around the world.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V
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