Senior Scientist, Multi-Crop Transformation

Durham, NC, United States
Oct 23, 2019
Bio NC
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
The Senior Scientist, Multi-Crop Transformation, is responsible for developing, refining and executing approaches to transform and regenerate multiple crops of global relevance. This position will serve as the subject matter expert for all tissue culture, transformation and regeneration technologies as well as downstream propagation and characterization of edited events. This position is expected to interact with all internal teams and external collaborators.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • The position is responsible for identification, validation, optimization and adoption of current and emerging gene delivery systems, plant tissue culture protocols and plant regeneration and propagation to support company and partner initiatives in multiple crops
  • Hands-on management and supervision of the transformation facility and staff, including protocol development, SOPs, quality control, data archival, analysis of results and troubleshooting is expected
  • Provides intellectual leadership to the scientific staff and serves as a mentor to those engaged in similar activities within the organization
  • In this leadership role, the senior scientist implements and tracks progress of his/her area using industry validated metrics and hold the team to the highest standards of scientific integrity and technical skills
  • Works closely with both internal teams and external collaborators to build state-of-the-art organizational capabilities through his/her experience and professional network
  • Demonstrates accountability, responsibility and integrity in every aspect of professional life at Elo Life Systems, while upholding Company values
  • Serves as a technical expert and serve as an effective communicator of scientific research to broad audiences and senior management
  • Assist with business development efforts, including strategic planning and interactions with commercial partners as needed
  • Represent Elo in professional forums and conferences; deliver technical presentations internally or at technical meetings as requested by the company

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. This list contains the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform role-related duties other than those contained in this document.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (Ph. D.) or equivalent in plant biology, horticulture or a related field; 15+ years technical experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 10+ years of experience in a hand-on tissue culture/crop transformation setting
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and transform multiple crops of global relevance through designing creative technical solutions
  • Experience in protoplast regeneration
  • Ability to create and implement high quality innovative concepts for R&D development and execution
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills

Travel Requirements
  • Little or no travel is required for this position
  • On occasion, the Senior Scientist will be expected to travel to conferences, workshops and or business meetings as needed.

  • This position is located at Elo Life Systems, located at 3054 East Cornwallis Road in Durham, NC 27516. Physical presence at Elo is required for the Senior Scientist to be most effective at his/her job.

Elo Life Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Precision BioSciences, Inc. Our mission is to develop products that improve human health and respond to the impacts of climate change. To address needs in food and agriculture, Elo partners with stakeholders in the supply chain to develop healthy and sustainable solutions for the planets and its people. To learn more about Elo and Precision Biosciences please visit and

Elo Life Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Precision BioSciences Inc. The company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Elo Life Systems complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.