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Senior Research Scientist – Weed Sciences

Date of posting here March 06, 2012
Type of position We are looking for a Weed Scientist with a background in pesticide use, plant biology and biochemistry to join our energetic team in Davis, CA. He/she will develop innovative strategies and research in weed management and plant health to investigate herbicidal and plant health properties of unique microbial and plant extracts. These compounds are targeted for use in both agricultural and aquatic systems.
Employer Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
Description of Employer Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) is a global provider of natural products serving the ever expanding agricultural and water markets. Venture backed and headquartered in Davis, California, the company focuses on discovering, developing, and marketing natural pest management products for the effective control of pests, weeds, plant diseases, and invasive species.
Location Davis, CA
Salary Depending on experience
Benefits The salary range is competitive. MBI offers a comprehensive benefits package including stock options, a 401(k) plan with employer match, and a health plan including medical and dental coverage, life insurance coverage, long term disability, and a flexible spending account for child care or medical expenses. In addition, this position is eligible for an annual bonus plan tied to individual and company performance goals.
Closing date of competition 05/30/2012
Date position available 03/05/2012
Description of duties
  • Plan, execute and evaluate innovative research projects in the areas of plant health and weed control for agricultural and aquatic systems.
  • Develop and conduct lab and plant bioassays that evaluate and measure the efficacy, mode-of-action and phytotoxicity of biological compounds
    • Develop criteria to evaluate plant responses to nutrients and herbicides
    • Conduct in depth literature reviews that support new research proposals
    • Initiate new projects and present these ideas to management
    • Document, evaluate and communicate research findings to management, colleagues and customers
    • Stay current with literature, maintain academic contacts and keep MBI abreast of new findings, strategies and technologies
  • Supervise scientists, staff and student interns
    • Provide job training
    • Monitor project planning and execution
    • Provide opportunities for career development
    • Conduct regular performance evaluations
    • Assist in hiring of new personnel
  • Contribute to operating budget planning and review
    • Make recommendations and purchase capital equipment
    • Order supplies and equipment as needed
Qualifications sought
  • The successful candidate must be able to legally work in the US.
  • An M.S. plus 10 year’s experience or a Ph.D. plus 2 year’s experience in the areas of Weed sciences or related field with knowledge and experience with Plant Physiology, Pesticides, Plant Toxins and / or nutrients is required.
  • Good computer, graphics and statistical analysis skills are essential.
  • The candidate is expected to have good organizational and record keeping skills, the ability to work effectively in a multi-project team environment and to collaborate with colleagues to achieve goals.
  • Industry research experience is desirable.

The above is a list of essential duties and responsibilities for this position. This list is not all-inclusive. This job description may be modified as needed.

A pre-employment drug screen will be required.

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Additional Information MBI is an equal-opportunity employer
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