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Computational Biologist, Statistician Position

NewLeaf Symbiotics is seeking a highly-motivated individual for a Computational Biologist, Statistician position. The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for development and implementation of methods, software, visualizations and analysis of complex Genotype-Phenotype-Environment relationships in large datasets.

Responsibilities include:

Design, implementation, and application of statistical methods for analyses and visualization of massive genomic, phenotypic, and environmental datasets for both offline and web-based consumption.

Primary duties include implementation and ongoing refinement of offline and web-based software and databases targeted at analysis of genomic sequences, integrating genotype, phenotype, and environmental data, mining genomic/genetic associations, and data visualization.

The successful individual must enjoy working on a team as well as demonstrate the ability to manage and prioritize a variety of tasks individually. The candidate must possess excellent record-keeping and written and verbal communication skills.

Demonstrated experience in modern technologies including R, Shiny, Ruby, JavaScript, and SQL is required, and examples should be included in the application package. Experience with cloud-based services such as Amazon’s EC2 platform is preferred. Preferred qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field.

Application: Please send a cover letter and CV/Resume to dbryant@newleafsym.com. Subject line: Computational Biologist. References required upon request.

Fermentation Scientist

New Leaf is looking for a Fermentation Scientist with experience in process development and downstream processing. The company headquarters and laboratories are located at the BRDG Park facility of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, in St. Louis, Missouri. NewLeaf Symbiotics (NLS) is a venture-backed agricultural biotech company focused on providing biologically-based plant health products. NLS’ Prescriptive Biologics™ platform leverages the company’s extensive collection of plant-associated bacteria and a deep understanding of genomics to develop effective, environmentally responsible products.  The Fermentation Scientist will develop candidate products using a stage gated process in support of commercialization.  NewLeaf’s platform is designed to create products that increase yield and control pests in row crops, viticulture, silvaculture, turf, ornamentals, hydroponics, and the high value vegetable markets.

Product Development Responsibilities and Duties

  • Collaborate with R&D and Legal to insure a balance between patent portfolio advancement and Product Development (PD)
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic PD operating plans and budgets
  • Develop up and downstream processes: including fermentation, filtration, centrifugation, evaporation, drying, etc.
  • Conduct 5-batch fermentations compliant with GLP/GMP requirements for regulatory approval
  • Conduct fermentations for stability studies, tank mix compatibility studies, spray-ability, adjuvant compatibility and others to ensure the commercial viability of formulated products
  • 35% travel to contract manufacturing locations to transfer processes and supervise runs


  • Recognition of bacterial interaction between selected plant hosts, filamentous bacteria/fungi, and the abiotic forces that effect the plant rhizosphere and phyllosphere
  • Solid understanding of microbial physiology: bacteria, filamentous bacteria, and others
  • Hands-on experience operating laboratory fermenters: shake flask to production scale
  • Experience applying directed biosynthesis, fed-batch, and continuous culture techniques for improved yields of fermentation processes
  • Experience with neo-classical strain improvement programs with knowledge of metabolic engineering directed at improvements in biomass, functionality, and metabolite production
  • Experience with technical transfer of manufacturing process to contract manufacturing facilities

Position Requirements:

  • Degree(s) in microbiology, applied chemistry, or chemical engineering with 2+ years of experience
  • Experience with the development of biologically-based products for the food, agrichemical or specialty chemical industry
  • Experience with fermentation and formulation of microorganisms that produce natural products
  • Experience in technical transfer of manufacturing process to contract manufacturing facilities
  • Capable of delivering high quality scientific presentations: internal and external (scientific conferences)


  • Graduate degree(s) in microbiology/chemical engineering with industrial experience
  • Undergraduate technical degree (Chem. E), with MS or MBA and 5 years  industrial experience
  • Experience with agricultural field applications technology and formulations of biological products
  • A passion for sustainable agriculture and biological solutions


The incumbent will be hired at a level commensurate with their knowledge, skills and abilities. The salary range is competitive. NewLeaf Symbiotics offers a comprehensive benefits package, including stock options, and a health plan including medical and dental coverage.  In addition, this position is eligible for an annual bonus plan.

Application: Please send a cover letter and CV/Resume to djimenez@newleafsym.com. Subject Line; Fermentation and Technology Development. References required upon request.

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