Plant Breeding Associate

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 executing plant breeding activities that include but not limited to germplasm maintenance, parent selection, hybridization, collection of quantitative, qualitative and analytical laboratory data for traits of interest, plants inventory management, and cultivation of plants in the breeding program according to MedMen’s and State regulations.  Assists the lead plant breeder in all aspects of experimental planning, design, and data analysis.Works collaboratively with the Agronomy and R&D team members to contribute to experimental planning and execution of various research projects.
 
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.
  •  Assists the lead breeder in the creation and management of elite Cannabis germplasms
  • Applies advanced breeding techniques to advance trait based Cannabis germplasm improvements
  • Assists the lead breeder in executing plant hybridization processes, evaluation of progenies, and collection and archival of appropriate data as required
  • Shares personal observations and notes in assisting the lead breeder to make selection advancement decisions
  • Working collaboratively with Agronomists, Plant Health and Applied Research staff, helps to determine best practices for optimum cultivation of plants in the breeding program
  • Establishes guidelines and protocols describing plant breeding activities and tasks
  • Works in alignment with Cultivation Program Manager to create plant supply plans to support breeding efforts
 
Competencies
  • 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 VP of Agronomy with managing Plant Health Technicians

Travel
Occasional visits to production facilities is expected for this position

Required Education and Experience
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Degree in Horticulture, or related degree, or equivalent experience
  • Prior plant breeding experience is preferable
  • Training and experience in molecular biology, statistics, plant physiology, pathology and biochemistry are desired
  • Knowledge of quantitative genetics, functional genomics, genetic statistical theory, and experimental design as it is applied to plant breeding
  • Strong process management skills
  • Skilled in working with technical experts
  • Skilled in utilizing and contributing to research related to agronomy optimization
  • Understanding of greenhouse production
  • Training/experience in general agronomy
  • Skilled in use of Statistical programs, Excel and Database systems
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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