Agricultural Technology Researcher

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Provivi Overview

Provivi™ is a California-based, globally operating AgTech company using pheromones to protect crops from major damaging insects. Our patented production method enables a step change in the cost of manufacturing pheromones, allowing us to pioneer the use of this proven tool in high-acreage crops such as corn, rice and soybeans.

Founded in 2013 by Nobel laureate Frances Arnold and Caltech scholars Pedro Coelho and Peter Meinhold, we are hiring the very best and brightest people to develop and commercialize our products.

This is a full-time position to support Provivi’s rapidly evolving needs in effective research of chemical ecology and odor-mediated orientation. The Agricultural Technology Researcher will be responsible for developing with other member of R&D team a strategy of application technology and digital tools to increase the efficiency on pheromone application and data collection. The employee will be responsible for planning and executing the activities and tasks as well as search for overall improvements with third parties. The successful candidate will establish a network of experts from private and public institutions to address the needs for pheromone application and field optimization. The researcher will have experience in testing, developing, and improving application equipment, methodologies, and efficiency under open field and controlled conditions. In addition, the candidate will have experience and/or knowledge on digital tools that contribute for the agriculture 4.0 including internet of things, science data, and automation. The candidate will be flexible and fulfill other duties as needed and expected in a start-up environment.

Responsibilities Include

  • Establish protocols for testing equipment to apply pheromone in different types of formulations.
  • Evaluate the optimal methodology to apply pheromone under different field size, equipment (aerial or ground) and environmental conditions.
  • Determine key factors and variables to evaluate adjustments in equipment and machinery depending on type of formulation and application methodology.
  • Develop new tools to improve the application of pheromones and adjust current ones under different field conditions.
  • Elaborate a plan with internal and external expertise and resources to evaluate all range of field conditions and equipment availability with pheromone formulations.
  • Develop with Provivi experts and partners the best recommendation for pheromone application based on the biology of insect pest, its movement and population dynamics.
  • Test equipment type, drift conditions, drop size, application height, time of the day, weather conditions, distribution, and coefficient of variation to all pheromone formulations.
  • Evaluate sprayers, equipment, tips, performance, and digital tools to improve the application.
  • Incorporate and search for digital tools, automation, and connection of different components to improve the application of pheromones as well as data collection.
  • Evaluate the conditions for aerial application with airplanes and drones for different types of pheromone formulations.
  • Keeping detailed and precise records, ensuring the integrity of the field, greenhouse, and laboratory research database.
  • Storing supplies and equipment, disposing of solutions & materials according to guidelines, and keeping storerooms and working areas orderly and clean.

Qualifications & Skills Include

  • A B.S, M.S., or PhD in Agricultural Engineering or equivalent.
  • Prefer 2-5 years of experience testing and adjusting equipment and machinery for application of agricultural formulations.
  • Demonstrate practical ability using traditional as well as new technology application tools.
  • Knowledge of the scientific method, field procedures and techniques, and recordkeeping.
  • Ability to accurately follow detailed instructions & experimental protocols.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to write clear technical reports and effectively communicate results to team members.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external colleagues.
  • Great vision to innovate with digital tools, automation, and data science.
  • Availability for national and international travel.
  • Fluent in English.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

Provivi is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status, or any other legally-protected factors.

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