Research Technician - Soybean-Rhizobia Interaction Team

  • Pivot Bio
  • Hayward, CA with travel once a week to Berkeley, CA
  • Feb 14, 2020
Full Time

Job Description

About Pivot Bio

Fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the soil microbiome, Pivot Bio is pioneering game-changing advances in agriculture.  Our first commercial product harnesses the power of naturally-occurring microbes to provide nutrients to crops. We are dedicated to providing new sustainable ways for farmers to improve yield as they work to help feed the world’s growing population.  Read/Hear more about Pivot Bio on OneZero or CNN.

Pivot Bio is seeking a detail-oriented Research Technician to join our growing Soybean-Rhizobia Interaction Team as a part of our collaboration with Bayer U.S. - Crop Science.  As an integral part of this team, this position will assist in soybean plant care at our Hayward Greenhouse Facility. In addition to working on established protocols, this role will develop and improve current plant care practices and assays.

Location: Hayward, CA with travel once a week to Berkeley, CA Headquarters


  • Support the plant care needs for a growing team at Pivot Bio
  • Perform routine tasks such as watering/ fertilizing plants, scouting for plant pests, and monitoring conditions in growth facilities
  • Conduct various phenotypic assays in the greenhouse to evaluate microbial performance to increase yield potential 
  • Troubleshoot and assist protocol iterations, and proactively find ways to increase efficiency and automate processes as applicable
  • Prioritize daily tasks to meet the needs of all team members, and effectively communicate progress and results in a timely manner
  • Detailed documentation of observations

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BA/BS in biological sciences, plant biology, biotechnology, or related field, or AS/AA with 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience with plant care in a greenhouse setting, experience working with soybean plants is a plus
  • Comfortable with or willingness to learn standard microbiology and molecular biology techniques such as media prep, cell counting, gene cloning, and PCR
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively perform tasks as directed by supervisor or according to an SOP
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Basic computer skills including data capture and entry
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to work for 2-3 hours at least two Saturdays or Sundays a month

*Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

What we offer:

  • Competitive package in an early-stage, disruptive startup
  • Stock options
  • Health/Dental/Vision
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Exciting opportunity to work with a talented and fun team

Impact areas

Food & Agriculture  


51-200 employees  

Organization type

For-profit startup/company  

Climate solutions

Nutrient Management  

Will sponsor Visa