Job Title: Manager, Controlled Environment

Reporting to: Head, Optimization & Production

Location: Durham, North Carolina

About Pairwise:

Pairwise is a mission-driven, food+tech company dedicated to building a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Pairwise was founded in 2017 by scientists at Harvard University, MIT, and Broad Institute who are eminent in the field of gene editing, as well as biotechnology industry pioneers. Our team is tuned in to consumer food trends, and we believe that consumers deserve more variety and innovation in their fresh food choices. We are 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 stone fruit, with the first product expected in late 2022. Pairwise is based in the start-up friendly Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.

About This Role:

The Controlled Environment (CE) Manager will be responsible for delivering key projects in the Product Discovery and Development program, including plant regeneration post-transformation and phenotypic assays in both greenhouses and growth chambers. This role will manage a team of Research Associates and Senior Research Associates responsible for delivering on projects in the controlled environments. This role will also be part of Pairwise’s scientific team and report to the Head, Product Optimization and Production. This position will be critical both to delivering on the scientific strategy and guiding the culture of the CE organization.

Essential Functions:

• Deliver stable environments in the greenhouse and growth chamber suitable for plant regeneration, trait testing and life cycle management.

• Manage Research Associates and Senior Research Associates in the Controlled Environment (CE) Team to successfully execute activities and deliver innovations related to plant growth management.

• Manage resources within the controlled environments across numerous projects and pipeline priorities.

• Conduct experiments and implement results to improve growth conditions, optimize growth, plant regeneration and seed production for various crops in the controlled environment.

• Collaborate across multifunctional teams to develop insights and drive the innovation culture.

Required Education & Experience:

• Master’s in Botany, Plant Science, Agronomy, Plant Physiology, Horticulture or related field.

• 5+ years of experience leading and managing scientific teams.

• Track record of developing and delivering on research programs.

• Demonstrated ability to deliver results in a cross functional environment.


• Comprehensive Benefits Plan, including Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA/FSA, 401k, Life Insurance, Short-Term & Long-Term Disability, and more!

• Flexible PTO (use what you need, when you need it), in addition to company holidays.

• Casual work environment.

• Mission-driven organization focused on creating healthier fruits and veggies.

• A cutting-edge, driven community looking to lead the industry in innovation and nutrition.

EEO Statement:

We're an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.