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Group Leader - Greenhouse Operations and Controlled Environments

Location: San Diego, California
Position Type: Full-Time
Required Education: M.S./M.A.
Area(s) of Expertise Desired: Automation, Process Management, Screening, Cell Culture Etc.
Job Code: PD2180


Cibus is a biotechnology company with advanced technologies to precisely target and direct a plant’s natural gene-editing processes. This approach accelerates natural plant breeding that has been a staple of farming for thousands of years and has resulted in a rapid, versatile and low-cost way to produce sustainable industrial and agricultural products and improve human health by safely harnessing nature's own genetic diversity.

The company has a worldwide presence, with subsidiaries in Europe and North America and a state-of-the-art research and development center in San Diego. Cibus has a pipeline of traits for canola and rice and is developing crop platforms and a pipeline of trait products in other major global crops including soybean, corn, and wheat. The broad applicability of Cibus’ technologies is highlighted by the company’s strain-advancement program, which develops sustainable products in microbial platforms for the food, flavor and fragrance, and personal care markets.

Cibus has an immediate opening for a Group Leader - Greenhouse Operations and Controlled Environments to help us to revolutionize plant breeding.


The ideal candidate will have a MA/MS degree in Horticulture, Plant/Crop Science, Agronomy, Biology, or related field and a minimum 12 years’ experience in a research, development or commercial production environment, or a BA/BS degree with a minimum of 15 years of experience.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the operations of all controlled environment research and production facilities, including growth chambers and greenhouses.
  • Manage controlled environment facilities to enable multi-year trait evaluation and proof of concept trait phenotyping activities on materials derived from our proprietary gene-editing platform, by working collaboratively with Product Development science and production staff.
  • Lead a greenhouse operations staff of 6-10 direct and indirect reports and oversee the daily function of the research and production greenhouse facility, including operations, space planning, research project support, product development support, and supervision of greenhouse support staff.
  • Implement and oversee greenhouse supply inventory procurement strategy. Build relationships with local and non-local vendors to ensure supply inventory needs are maintained.
  • Implement and oversee seasonal space planning process for R&D and production teams to utilize controlled environments space allocations.
  • Manage a team on performing all duties associated with the culture of a high-quality crop and ensuring smooth operations of a greenhouse and growth chamber facility. These duties may include: planting, transplanting, watering, insect and disease control, seed processing, and establishing and monitoring plant growth environments.
  • Participate in the strategic planning, development and implementation of crop-specific breeding and trait development strategies as a subject matter expert in utilizing controlled environments to measure and qualify trait expression.
  • Spearhead required controlled environments expansion and growth in alignment with strategic corporate goals.
  • Liaise with research staff to ensure greenhouse activities accomplish required program goals.
  • Oversee the hiring and supervision of Product Development operations staff.
  • Oversee the improvement of greenhouse infrastructure or processes as needed.

Knowledge, experience, skills:

  • 10+ years’ experience managing a research greenhouse or production environment dedicated to row crop species.
  • Expert knowledge in running production cycles and/or research projects in artificial growing environments including growth chambers and greenhouses.
  • Experience with Conviron, Argus, BioChambers, and Microgrow greenhouse control systems.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Integrated Pest Management principles and practices, plant propagation and culture methods, and soil and growth media preparation is required.
  • Expertise with applying fertilizers and pesticides in controlled environments, greenhouse and growth chamber lighting and control systems, and field crop species is a plus.

Core capabilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Strong organizational and motivational skills, accurate record keeping, and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of basic statistical analysis and experimental design principles.
  • Able to use judgment and make routine recommendations for resolving problems in moderately complex assignments.
  • Highly proficient in MS Office suite.
  • Manage multiple tasks while meeting deadlines.
  • Able to follow, troubleshoot, and develop SOPs on complex procedures.
  • Excellent skill in change management and ability to lead a team during transitional periods to achieve objectives.
  • Coaching and supervisory responsibilities will include leading a multi-level org chart of direct and indirect reports.

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work under greenhouse conditions, including: lifting, bending and tolerating high temperatures for brief periods is required.
  • Must be able to lift 20-50 lbs. with or without accommodation.
  • Must be able to work in high temperature and humidity conditions periodically throughout the summer months.

Cibus provides an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision, flexible spending, 401(k) plan, vacation and sick leave. If you enjoy working as part of a team and want to participate in this exciting research, please e-mail resume to and put down job code: PD2180.