Senior Plant Pathologist

Woodland CA /
Plant Science /
Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks dedicated to addressing unmet needs in agriculture by applying synthetic biology approaches to engineer microbes.


    • Provide leadership for Plant Pathology projects to evaluate in planta performance of new fungicidal microbes (biological control)


    • Develop flexible, scalable, and high-throughput bioassay pipeline for the in planta screening of engineered microbes to control fungal soil-born and/or foliar diseases of corn and soybean
    • Through collaboration with the Data Science colleagues, develop the experimental design, analyze data and short-list the microbial candidates for the field efficacy trials
    • Closely working with the Field Trial Manager oversee the course of the field efficacy trials
    • Lead and mentor team of up to two-three direct reports including plant pathologists and entomologists


    • Ph.D. in Plant Pathology  is required
    • 2+ years of postdoctoral experience is preferred
    • A minimum of 10 years relevant industry experience in plant pathology and particularly development of biological and/or crop protection (e.g., fungicide) products is required
    • Strong expertise in greenhouse/growth chamber disease bioassay development, and field efficacy trials is required
    • 5+ years of people leadership experience is required
    • Strong background in multiple diseases of corn and soybean, including soil-born and foliar diseases is preferred
    • Good understanding of insect bioassays is a plus
    • Demonstrated people leadership and strategy development skills are required


    • The position will be part of the Plant Science Department and report to the Department Head


    • This position will be based at our Woodland, CA site and will require 10-15% travel.