Group Leader-Entomology Marrone Organic Innovations
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Headquartered in Davis, CA and venture capital-backed, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), discovers, develops, and markets effective and environmentally responsible natural products for pest management in ag and water.
We are looking for a Group Leader for the Entomology Team. The major role of Entomology Group Leader is to insure the company has the in-house capability to conduct reliable and timely bioassays against a range of important insects in order to rapidly move bio insecticidal candidates from discovery to development and to the market. This person is responsible for managing, designing and conducting lab and plant-based bioassays for new bioinsecticides, overseeing the ongoing microbial screening program and insect rearing. The Entomology Group Leader reports to the VP of Research & Development.
Responsibilities and Duties
Primary responsibilities include:
Conduct and coordinate diet and plant-based bioassays (sucking and chewing insects) for the ongoing microbial biopesticides discovery screen.
Conduct and coordinate bioassays (determine LC50 values, spectrum testing, contact vs. feeding mode of action, ecotox studies) for new product candidates.
Ensure the company has high quality insects (a range of sucking and chewing insects) for ongoing screening and testing.
Monitor the emergence of potentially new insecticidal pests targets in agriculture.
Specific responsibilities include:
Design and implement statistically validated plant-based and diet bioassays for testing new microbial broths and plant extracts, experimental formulations, and manufacturing and other samples for Quality Control against a wide range of economically important insects (of several insect orders).
Enhance in-house testing capability and enhance our network of university and private cooperators.
Oversee the ongoing discovery screening for testing microbial extracts against a range of insects every week.
Oversee maintenance of insect colonies and insure there are always high quality insects available for testing.
Collect, summarize, analyze, disseminate, organize and present results.
Maintain data in an organized, systematic manner on the company server, available for others in the company to easily access.
Supervise three or more scientists, technicians and student interns.
Constantly interact with and update Project Team Leaders, Sr. Management, Regulatory, and other scientific groups.
Attend professional meetings and make presentations that will benefit MBI.
Interact with University and Extension personnel.
Keep abreast of new technologies and research in the area of microbial and plant-extracted insecticides and bioassays; bring forward new ideas to colleagues and management.
Qualifications and Characteristics
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in insecticide bioassay and insect rearing in an industrial or high-performance setting. More specifically, this person should have:
A Ph.D. in Entomology and a minimum of 5 years? experience in bioassay and insect rearing.
A minimum of 2 years in agrichemical, biopesticides or similar industrial setting.
Experience designing, conducting, evaluating and summarizing bioassays on multiple insect species.
Experience rearing or overseeing the rearing of multiple insect species.
Well-established computer skills; good report writing and data management skills.
Ability to multi-task, handle a high volume of tasks, work well under pressure and with short deadlines.
Ability to work in a team environment; good written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
Experience supervising a team of scientists and technicians.
Aptitude for understanding business aspects of the Company?s goals, ability to read MBI?s business plan and understand its underlying strategy.
A passion for sustainable agriculture and biological pest management solutions ? firm and unwavering belief in our mission, vision and values.
The individual should appreciate our entrepreneurial, fast-paced, agile, and dynamic work setting. He/she should have an enthusiastic and energetic, goal-driven, be highly motivated to complete tasks in a timely, efficient manner, thrive in Company?s strong team orientation, is a self-starter and freely speaks up in company meetings. An individual who is positive, interactive, resourceful and creative in problem solving by thinking out of the box will be highly valued in this role.
The salary range is competitive. MBI offers a comprehensive benefits package including stock options, a 401(k) plan with employer match, and a health plan including medical and dental coverage, life insurance coverage, long term disability, and a flexible spending account for dependent care and/or medical expenses. In addition, this position is eligible for an annual bonus plan tied to company performance goals.
The above is a list of essential duties and responsibilities for this position. This list is not all-inclusive. This job description may be modified as needed.
MBI is an equal-opportunity employer. A pre-employment drug screen will be required.
||2121 Second Street |
Davis, CA 95618
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