Plant Molecular Biologist

Location: Sparks, NV
Date Posted: 24-04-2018
We started MedMen with a simple vision; cannabis as a consumer product. It is a simple idea with profound consequences for how marijuana is cultivated, produced and marketed. Quality standards matter, best practices matter, brand reputation matters. Today, MedMen is the most dominant cannabis enterprise in the emerging legal marijuana industry.

Responsible for establishing and leading a plant molecular genetics program at MedMen, to assist in trait based Cannabis breeding efforts. By utilizing advanced molecular biological methods and technologies this position will help advance our knowledge of the Cannabis genome and its organization. By working collaboratively with other R&D Scientists and Agronomists this position will lead research projects to study genes for traits of interest and its genome wide associations. The candidate will also be responsible for establishing and executing a marker assisted breeding strategy.
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.
  • Leads in the design and executions of molecular biological experiments to assist in all aspects of the trait based cultivar development program
  • Executes targeted research projects to gain deeper insights into the Cannabis genome
  • Working together with breeding, biochemistry and bioinformatics roles, characterizes Cannabis populations for genetic variants of interest and develops molecular markers
  • Prepare results for timely internal sharing and publications.
  • Through engagement and collaborative interaction with plant molecular technology communities, identify, research, and eventually apply advanced methodologies to your program that enhance its effectiveness and efficiency
  • Help lead molecular diagnostic of plant pathogens as needed
  • Establishes guidelines, protocols & training for Molecular Genetics department and its employees
  • Supervises molecular genetics employees; trains and advises R&D staff about molecular genetic efforts and processes and work in coordination to continually improve the same
  • Business Acumen
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Customer/Client Focus
  • Organizational Skills
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Results Driven
  • Technical Capacity
  • Punctuality
  • Positive attitude all the time
Supervisory Responsibilities
Assists the Principal Plant Breeder with managing Molecular Genetics Lab Technicians
Occasional visits to production facilities is expected for this position

Required Education and Experience
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • PhD in Plant Molecular Genetics, or related degree, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and implementing research strategies in molecular biology
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience with gene regulation and the role that plays in plant phenotypes
  • Ability to work in a team environment encompassing multiple disciplines
  • Proficiency in Molecular Biology software tools and Data Management tools
  • Training and experience in genetics, genomics, plant biochemistry, pathology and physiology as required to perform strongly as a plant molecular geneticist
  • Knowledge of quantitative genetics, functional genomics, genetic statistical theory, and experimental design as it is applied to plant breeding
  • Leadership skills building teams in a highly collaborative environment
  • Strong process management skills
  • Skilled in working with technical experts
  • Understanding of greenhouse production
  • Training/experience in general crop production
Work Authorization/Security Clearance
There is no visa or H1-B sponsorship. Must successfully complete and pass background and drug screen, and live scan.

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