Applied Research 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.

Summary/Objective


Responsible for leading applied plant biological research in a controlled environment Cannabis growing facility to understand and optimize factors influencing vegetative and reproductive plant growth and development and its effects on enhancing the accumulations of different biochemical compounds of interest. Leading in the design and execution of experiments, expert data analysis and timely reporting are critical requirements for this position. The candidate will work collaboratively with Plant Breeders, Plant Biochemists, Agronomists and Cultivation Managers in leading a futuristic research program that aligns with company’s goals, mission and values.

 
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.
 
  • Design and execute appropriate experiments to investigate the role of light, temperature, nutrition and other biotic and abiotic factors in influencing plant growth and development in a controlled environment growing facility
  • Responsible for collecting, analyzing and reporting data as required to further advance the knowledge in indoor cultivation of Cannabis.
  • Monitors, evaluates and improves cultivation techniques of new cultivars and helps with optimizing cultivation practices by working collaboratively with Plant Breeders, Agronomists and Cultivation Managers
  • Responsible for timely publishing of  research reports, documentations of best management practices, development of a communication and education plan to share findings with Cultivation Staff and key stakeholders
  • Routinely visits experimental units, collects accurate and timely data, and makes sure the progress of experiments are consistent with expectations
  • Contributes to research discovery process by identifying new research projects that provide unique supply solutions
  • Responsible for the annual research planning and prioritization processes, budgeting  and supervising of staff involved in the applied research program
  • Asissts the Agronomists and Plant Health Manager in identifying and managing plant growing issues and challenges
  • Working collaboratively with the Agronomy and Extraction teams, helps to determine best practices to optimize cultivation and extraction methods
  • Provides training and guidance to cultivation personnel in implementing new cultural practices and crop management techniques
  • Documents applied research data in secure database platforms
  • Provides assistance as needed for other research activities
  • Serves as a role model and resource for R&D staff concerning products and services, policies and procedures, industry news, and changes in regulations
  • Supports and executes MedMen’s mission and goals
 

Competencies
  • Business Acumen
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Customer/Client Focus
  • Organizational Skills
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Results Driven
  • Technical Capacity
  • Punctuality
  • Positive attitude all the time


Required Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree in Horticulture, or related degree, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated applied research experience in horticultural production or equivalent
  • Management experience in production agriculture
  • Leadership skills building teams in a highly collaborative environment
  • Independent investigative skills
  • Strong process management skills
  • Skilled in working with technical experts
  • Skilled in utilizing and contributing to research related to applied plant biology
  • Training in greenhouse production, biochemistry and plant physiology
  • Training/experience in plant fertility and general agronomy
  • Skilled in use of Excel and Database systems
  • Self-starter, reliable, able to multitask, and a team player
  • Detailed oriented, accurate, organized, and analytical
  • Strong verbal and electronic communication skills

Supervisory Responsibilities 
Assists the VP of Agronomy with managing Applied Research Technicians
 
Travel
Occasional visits to production facilities is expected for this position

Required Education and Experience 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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