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Plant Scientist

We are looking for a plant scientist

If you have experience growing plants in a research environment and are passionate about Urban Harvest's mission and values, you’re in the right place!

In this role, you will join an experienced team and work cross-functionally to ensure the success of Urban Harvest’s long-term goals and strategies. You have experience growing plants in a research, pilot, and production environment. You also have an academic education in plant biology or a related field. The ideal candidate is passionate about horticulture and shares our values. They are an energetic, forward-thinking, and creative individual with high standards and good judgment. In addition, they can lead by example and keep focus in a team-centric environment.

Your responsibilities

  • Work with the Urban Harvest team, conducting experiments to improve growing systems and to characterise plant responses in controlled environments;
  • Report findings internally in a collaborative environment;
  • Remain up to date on the latest developments in indoor agriculture;
  • Drive, support and facilitate research and development initiatives to deliver new crop categories and drive consistent improvement to existing products;
  • Support the introduction of new varieties;
  • Liaise with stakeholders to identify and define project requirements, scope, objectives and KPIs;
  • Analyse risks and opportunities, identify and eliminate blockers;
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, plans, and reports.

You have

  • BS and/​or MS degree in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Plant Physiology, or a closely related discipline (or, alternatively, a combination of education and relevant experience);
  • Experience working in horticulture, plant science, or agronomy research (student research counts as experience);
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with operating controlled environment agriculture systems;
  • Knowledge of plant growth, disease prevention, pest remediation, and IPM principles;
  • A great story around your unique calling to feed the world;
  • Fluency in English.
  • Optional: experience growing small fruit crops such as berries and leafy greens
  • Optional: experience with the characterization of plants, including imaging, phenotyping, chemical analysis, and/​or objective measurements of taste and texture.

You get

  • An interesting and varied job;
  • Flexible hours with a focus on work/​life balance;
  • Possibility to work partially from home;
  • Possibility to grow within the team;
  • Training & intensive exchange of knowledge and experience to ensure optimal deployment and growth of your skills and competences;
  • An opportunity to shape the business;
  • A salary that fits your expertise and mindset.

Your attributes

  • Collaboration – we know we cannot fix the world’s problems individually, we have to work together as a team to make that happen;
  • Communication – we are a small company and we work well together because we communicate clearly with each other. You must demonstrate why our mission is important to you: we want to hear why working with us means something to you;
  • Agility – what we do has never been done before. We are an innovative company and we constantly develop how we operate, we can always elevate what we are doing and never claim to have all the answers;
  • Accountability – we don’t micromanage. We hire individuals who know what needs to be done and can do so with minimal direction, taking ownership of their projects and deadlines;
  • Respect – we want everyone in our team to have respect for different people, different ideas, and different cultures. We can learn a lot from each other, but respect is key;
  • Empowerment – we provide an environment for growth and development. We need your help to develop our business, and we will help you develop in your career. The sky is the limit, given our ambitious growth plans.

Does this seem like a good fit to you?

Join our team