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Sr. Plant Physiologist with Valent BioSciences Corporation in Long Grove, IL

Type of position Full time career
Employer Valent BioSciences Corporation
Description of Employer Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC) the Global leader in the research, development and commercialization of highly effective low-risk, environmentally compatible technologies and biorational products for the agricultural, public health, and forestry industries is expanding.
Located just outside of Chicago, IL, Valent BioSciences Corporation prides itself in its global research and development center, best-in-class reputation and exceptional customer satisfaction earned through the highest quality and consistent field performance of its products. VBC is currently looking for talented people who share our passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for people worldwide.
Our exciting recent acquisition of Mycorrhizal Applications LLC (MA), the world’s largest producer of mycorrhizal fungal inoculum, adds another strategic platform to VBC’s rapidly expanding global biorational business, providing additional tools for the Biorational Window platform being developed with its parent, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (SCC)
Visit our website and take a tour of our new state of the art biorational manufacturing facility in Osage, IA. Unveiled in June, 2014, the Osage Plant is the first purpose-built biorational manufacturing facility in the world, creating more than 80 high-tech jobs in the Heartland of America. Our new facility is an exciting indicator of a company on a clear growth path.
VBC is seeking top talent for key roles in our dynamic organization! If this position aligns with your skill set and interests, please send your resume to: careers@valentbiosciences.com
To learn more, please visit us at www.valentbiosciences.com
Location Long Grove, IL
Description of Location Located just outside of Chicago, IL, Valent BioSciences Corporation prides itself in its global research and development center.
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Benefits Competitive and generous
Closing date of competition When position is filled
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties

Description of Job: Manage and execute a basic and applied research program in plant physiology, focusing on discovery and early development of new plant growth enhancing products and on support and expansion of uses for existing plant growth regulator products.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Provide scientific expertise in the area of plant physiology as a member of an interdisciplinary research team.
  • Design, conduct, analyze and interpret laboratory, growth chamber, greenhouse, and field research studies in the area of plant physiology with a focus on enhancing crop productivity, crop stress management, growth enhancement and crop management using biorational substances and microorganisms.
  • Develop a global network of university, government, and other 3rdparty contacts that can serve as a pool of potential research collaborators for researching and developing plant growth enhancing products.
  • Provide leadership to a team of plant scientists in the discovery and evaluation of new technology for agronomic, temperate and tropical fruit, nut, vine, and vegetable crops.
  • Find new uses for and support existing plant growth regulator products.
  • Supervise and mentor direct report(s).
  • Participate in cross-functional new product development and product life cycle management project teams.
Qualifications sought


  • Five years or more post-PhD experience conducting independent research is preferred.
  • Strong background in whole-plant physiology and crop production, and hands-on research experience in field, greenhouse, and growth chamber experimentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive novel hypotheses regarding crop performance, and the ability to test the hypotheses in the laboratory and field.
  • A track record demonstrating plant growth regulator experience.  Working familiarity with biostimulants a definite plus.
  • Hands-on familiarity with common laboratory equipment, field-based high-throughput phenotyping and associated data acquisition and processing.
  • Root research experience in morphogenesis and root-shoot signaling.




  • Research experience in the imposition and quantification of drought stress.
  • Working knowledge of experimental design, statistics and use of associated computer software.
  • Working knowledge and experience in plant molecular biology




  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team of research scientists is required.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Solid track record of using innovative approaches to developing new products, and a clear sense of urgency in getting things done.
  • Routine use of MS software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Prior experience with electronic notebooks a definite plus. 
  • Working knowledge of statistics and use of associated computer software


  • PhD degree in Plant Physiology, Agronomy, Horticulture or related field.
  • Post-doctoral experience in relevant field a definite plus

Travel: Domestic/International travel 15-20%

Application procedure  
Submit what Cover letter with resume
Submit to Email: careers@valentbiosciences.com
Fax # 925-817-5159
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