Plant Genome Engineer

Phytoform Labs

  • Full Time

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The Company

At Phytoform Labs Ltd we believe in sustainable agriculture and nutrition for all. We see a lack of innovation in the agricultural space around the crops themselves, so we are building a multidisciplinary team to help rectify the situation. We have exciting growth plans over the next year and we are looking for a talented plant scientist to support our R&D pipeline and genome engineering projects. We are based at the world leading plant science institute Rothamsted Research just outside of London, United Kingdom.

The Role

If you are looking for a new challenge and like working with a multidisciplinary team then this job is for you. We are looking for a motivated core team member to work on Phytoform Labs crop development pipeline. You will quantify and analyse multiple aspects of crop genetics as well as breed new crops with footprint-free genome editing. If you have previously been part of an academic or industry team, but now would like to work in a fast-paced start-up environment and develop a project from the ground up then you would be a great fit.

You will:

  • Design and validate in vitro and in vivo CRISPR-experiments
  • Develop new crop varieties with CRISPR based footprint-free genome editing
  • Work with plant tissue culture including protoplast regeneration
  • Validate new traits in crops


  • PhD level plant molecular biology skills, with main focus on plant CRISPR-genome editing
  • Ability to develop new plant tissue culture protocols
  • Have worked with ‘non-model’ crop species
  • Able to work both independently and part of a team
  • Able to communicate ideas clearly to a multidisciplinary team

You get extra points if you:

  • Have experience with protoplast transfection and RNP genome editing
  • Have some experience in wetlab automation
  • Have previous experience in start ups
  • Love plants as much as we do

What we offer

  • A competitive salary and share options
  • The chance to work with a multidisciplinary team changing agriculture
  • A flexible working arrangement: early or late working with core hours of 10am-4pm
  • Access to a gym & tennis courts
  • Access to the cycle to work scheme