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. 


Pairwise is looking to hire motivated research associates into its controlled environment organization to help achieve a broad set of scientific goals and be part of our developing and scientific strategy. In all cases, we are looking for associates with bachelor or master’s level training and the ability to work independently and as part of the team. Your contribution will be critical to helping Pairwise meet a set of aggressive targets and building a culture where science can be fun.


Summary of Job Responsibilities

  • Plant, maintain, and harvest physical plant inventory for the company’s and collaborator’s projects.
  • Traceability of plant inventory during the growing cycle. This includes make pipeline advancement decisions and actively communicate status of the plants to internal stakeholders.
  • Work closely with staff scientists to develop experimental strategy for targeted areas and bring those plans to life.
  • Develop your skill sets and bring new techniques and methodologies into the Pairwise research sphere.
  • Collaborate across multifunctional teams to find new insights and implement continuous improvements.
  • Coordinate and manage workload to accomplish daily tasks. 
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds.
  • Capable of working in high temperature conditions in greenhouses.
  • Capable of working long hours during time-critical periods.  


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor or master’s degree in a relevant field, such as biology, plant science, botany, agronomy, horticulture, ecology, or any biological discipline requiring plant husbandry skills.
  • Previous greenhouse work experience is a plus. This includes work with greenhouse control systems (Argus), fertigation systems, and pest management.   However, demonstrated horticultural skills in a professional setting or research in faculty labs is required.
  • Knowledge and experience keeping accurate scientific records via LIMs and laboratory notebooks.
  • Experience and knowledge in laboratory safety or greenhouse safety practices, including use of PPE, SDSs and proper handling and disposal of laboratory waste.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a large research setting.
  • Ability to work independently on individual experiments.