Position: Associate Commercial Breeder (Pullman, WA)

Reports to: Director of Commercial Breeding

Position summary: Working with the Head of Commercial Breeding, this position is responsible for developing and evaluating novel varieties for various crops to determine the potential for commercialization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop crossing plans, perform crosses and seedling populations. Perform phenotyping and genotyping for selecting desirable individuals.
  • Develop genetic resources and populations for development and deployment of molecular markers.
  • Work with genetics team to utilize molecular markers for parents and seedling selection
  • Work with customer priorities to identify desirable traits and strategies to integrate them into commercial releases.
  • Assist in planning, budgeting, and managing assigned breeding programs at Phytelligence
  • Lead or assist in grant writing for any commodity or commercialization related grant opportunities

Qualifications:

  •  Ph.D. in plant sciences or genetics with a track record of developing and/or commercializing new crop varieties
  • Demonstrated experience with apple, pear, cherry or grape plants
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and collaborate with a team
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and make decisions in a timely manner

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to careers@phytelligence.com