Research Associate – RNAi, Plant Pathology

Durham, North Carolina
Apr 29, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


At GreenLight we are working to solve two of the world's greatest problems: global food insecurity and equal access to vaccines and the associated health benefits. Unlike most corporations who can be required to put profits ahead of other principles, GreenLight is one of the first Public Benefit Corporations to be publicly traded and have a charter that requires a focus on how it benefits its employees, community and society and has a broad portfolio addressing key issues in plant health and human health (Nasdaq: GRNA) by leveraging the full potential of dsRNA and mRNA. The GreenLight team is over 300 people across our headquarters in Medford, MA, an R&D facility in Woburn, MA and an R&D facility in Research Triangle Park, NC. GreenLight also has a biomanufacturing plant in Rochester, NY. Initiatives include finding ways to support biodiversity, protect bees and other pollinators, treat rare diseases as well as develop vaccines.

At GreenLight, we believe inclusion is the way forward. We celebrate the power of working together to address humanity’s challenges, meet the needs of underserved populations, and push the boundaries of scientific discovery. Fueled by our aspiration for a true sense of belonging, our talented teams embody the principles of diversity and equality as we strive to bring food security, medicine, and healthcare to everyone—paving the way for a sustainable future. For more information, visit

GreenLight Biosciences is seeking an exceptional, highly motivated Research Associate to be part of the team developing foliar dsRNA technology for fungal plant pathogen control.  The successful candidate will support research in fungal assay development, validation, and analysis of high throughput samples and in vitro studies.  The ideal candidate will have experience with RNA interference (RNAi) in fungal/plant systems, bioassays for molecule screening, and molecular assays used to validate RNAi. Strong technical, organizational, and communication skills and the ability to develop creative solutions to challenging problems are essential.











  • Develop and execute in vitro high throughput and in vivo screening assays for activity of novel RNA molecules targeting an array of fungal pathogens
  • Maintain virulent and aggressive isolates of multiple plant pathogenic fungi in pure culture or host and perform routine fungal techniques such as encouragement of sporulation, quantification of spores, secondary inoculum production, and inoculation of host plants.
  • Conduct data analysis with statistical methods, interpret results, and generate reports with recommended next steps to support assay dev/opt and/or move projects through stage-gates.
  • Lead and contribute to scientific discussions related to the development and application of sprayable dsRNA bio-fungicides
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to accomplish project goals and milestones.
  • Use creative problem-solving skills to independently troubleshoot experimental challenges
  • Maintain detailed records of experimental protocols and procedures.
  • Maintain a clean, organized, and safe work environment.



  • Experience with the development of in vitro and in vivo laboratory assays for screening fungicides in multiple pathogens
  • Working proficiency in fungal/oomycete molecular biology and RNAi mechanisms in fungi
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and data interpretation
  • Skills in leadership, teamwork, planning and prioritizing, and attention to detail.
  • Business acumen skills, such as strategic thinking and problem-solving, leadership, communication and influence, context and situational awareness
  • Must be able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events and be comfortable with a fast-paced, challenging environment
  • Experience with screening dsRNA molecules in fungal bioassays a plus.
  • Knowledge and use of computer imaging software a plus



  • B.S. with 10+ years or M.S. with 5+ years of relevant industry/research experience

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