Pairwise is a mission-driven food+tech company dedicated to building a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Founded in 2017 by eminent scientists in the gene editing and biotechnology fields, Pairwise holds licenses from Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital to base editing and high-fidelity enzymes. We also are tuned in to consumer food trends, and we believe that consumers deserve more variety and innovation in their fresh food choices. Our team is primed to deliver that innovation through one of the best gene-editing platforms in food and agriculture. Pairwise has an exclusive 5-year research collaboration with Bayer to develop products in corn, soybean, wheat, canola, and cotton. Plus, Pairwise is developing new types of leafy greens, berries, and stonefruit, with the first product expected in early 2022. Pairwise is based in the start-up friendly Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.


As a trait testing scientist within Pairwise you will be responsible to evaluate trait efficacy of the gene edited material across row and consumer crops. You will collaborate cross-functionally to help define trait metrics and work with members of controlled environment and trait testing to measure trait activity data in plants. You will be responsible for capturing, analyzing and cataloguing trait data in internal systems and presenting to stakeholders.


Summary of Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and contribute to trait testing strategy to enable product discovery and development.
  • Design, coordinate, conduct, analyze and interpret molecular and Phenotyping experiments.
  • Lead development of new trait testing assays and methods.
  • Establish goals, milestones and budgets to advance trait testing projects.
  • Collaborate with lab, controlled environment and field teams.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners for product delivery.
  • Develop SOPs and catalog data into internal systems.


Job Requirements

  • Have a Ph.D or equivalent experience in Botany, Plant Sciences, Agriculture, Genetics, Biotechnology or Agronomy
  • Experience in row or consumer crops. Working with polyploid crops will be a plus.
  • Experience with hands-on molecular biology experiments.
  • Experience in leading cross-functional teams or projects.
  • Strong track record of formulating research programs and demonstrated ability to deliver scientific results in a cross functional environment.
  • Ability to manage complex product development pipeline activities.