Lab Coordinator - Plant Pathology Lab (Temporary Contract)

Kearny, NJ
Agricultural Science – Agricultural Science /
Contract /
At Bowery, we’re making wildly delicious food more accessible to everyone. Driven by our proprietary end-to-end technology, our farms are transforming the entire fresh food supply chain to be simpler, safer, and vastly more sustainable.

We have 5 farms in operation (including state-of-the-art R&D and innovation farms) and we’re just getting started. We’re backed by tech and agriculture industry leaders with $647M in equity and debt capital, and our products are sold in over 1,400 locations.

Working at Bowery is more than just a job. It’s a chance to make a global impact with first-of-its-kind technology and ridiculously good food. We’re always looking for passionate minds to grow (and eat) with us! Ready to make a real difference? Join us. We’d love to have you here.  

P.s. Check out The Roots: Bowery Farming's People Podcast for all things Bowery culture, teams, leadership, and karaoke (yes, karaoke)

About the Role:

Bowery Farming is seeking a Contract Laboratory Coordinator in our Kearny R&D Facility to build, maintain, and execute laboratory (Plant Pathology) methods, troubleshoot problems in the lab, and report results. This position will be part of the Agricultural Sciences team, and work closely with Plant Pathologists, Scientists and R&D Operations team members. This role will support Bowery’s monitoring of production farms and R&D projects that expands the company's product portfolio and drive system, yield, and quality improvements. Additionally, this position will work with cross-functional teams across Bowery including Agricultural Operations. The schedule for this position is Mon-Fri, with the potential for occasional weekend support. 

What You'll Do:

    • Coordinating and executing laboratory sample processing of material from R&D Facilities and production farms in Bowery’s network
    • Independently oversee the sample management of the laboratory, including sample reception, sample metadata, assign the correct analysis based on experimental needs, report accurate results, and identify samples that need to be repeated.
    • Oversee adherence to sample process methodology as per plant pathologists instructions and documented SOPs
    • Assist process improvements and development of SOPs for new methods of sample processing in collaboration and with guidance of Plant Pathologists
    • Work with R&D Operations Management to coordinate and oversee assistance from the R&D Operations team to execute lab tasks depending on sample processing workload
    • Assist with training of R&D operations team for execution of lab-related tasks 
    • Organize, manage, order and keep inventory of lab consumables
    • Manage sample shipments to R&D Facility lab and external collaborators/vendors
    • Schedule preventative maintenance and calibration of scientific equipment with internal and external service providers

Who You Are:

    • You have experience working in a laboratory setting and are familiar with following SOPs 
    • You are comfortable with the operation of laboratory equipment including micropipettes, autoclave, microscope, etc.
    • You are detail oriented and have excellent organizational skills.
    • Ability to work independently in a highly collaborative team environment
    • You have experience working in the Google suite, and are comfortable with organizing information in spreadsheets
    • You have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal 
    • You have an inquisitive mind and are a self-starter, not afraid of independent thinking or asking questions

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The salary for this contract role will be equivalent to $50,000 (plus OT for any hours worked beyond 40). If this role is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply no matter what so we can see your profile and background. You can trust us to make a leveling assessment based on your unique skills and experience and communicate that with you.

Bowery is an equal opportunity employer - a place that celebrates unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures that will enrich the workplace. We are attempting to redefine what a sustainable agricultural supply chain can look like. We cannot achieve this mission without a team that reflects the diversity of people who want fresh, locally grown food in regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, national origin, religion, family status, disability, military status, and experience. We strongly encourage people from marginalized communities to apply to join our team.