• Lead, Trait Testing

    Job Locations US-NC-Raleigh-Durham
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/26/2018 3:40 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Research & Development
  • Overview

    Pairwise believes healthy food should be affordable, convenient, and sustainable.  We believe gene editing can be used to accelerate plant breeding in leveraging the natural genetic diversity in agricultural crops to address global food challenges.  We are bringing the benefits of these new innovations both to producers and directly to consumers through the produce aisle of their local grocery store.  Located in the Raleigh-Durham metro area, Pairwise was formed in 2017 and has plans to add about 100 employees over the next year to help meet our aggressive product development goals. 

    The trait testing lead will be responsible for assaying the phenotypic variation of native plant traits as well as the output of the gene editing program and help to set the scientific strategy. This senior scientist will manage a team of PhD scientists that will form the core of our understanding of the various phenotypic traits that Pairwise will work on. This role will also be part of Pairwise’s scientific leadership team and report to the head of product discovery. This position will be critical to not only building the scientific strategy but also the culture of our R & D organization as the company grows.


    • PhD in Botany, Plant Science, Agronomy, Plant Physiology or related field focused on plant-based research with preference to a demonstrated track record of using the variation in plant phenotype to elucidate biological understanding
    • 5+ years experience managing scientific teams
    • Strong track record of formulating research programs
    • Demonstrated ability to deliver scientific results in a cross functional environment

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    • Develop and lead a team of innovative scientists that evaluating the results of the gene editing program
    • Deliver foundational data on the biological range associated with various traits
    • Identify, hire and retain the best scientific talent from plant physiology, agronomy and related fields
    • Collaborate with universities and other scientific organizations to bring diverse thought into Pairwise


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