Founded in 2015, Bowery Farming is on a mission to democratize access to high-quality, local, safe and sustainable produce. We build smart indoor farms near cities, growing fresher, pesticide-free Protected Produce with bold flavor in precisely controlled environments, 365 days a year. At the heart of each farm is the proprietary BoweryOS, which integrates software, hardware, sensors, AI, computer vision systems, machine learning models, and robotics to orchestrate and automate the entirety of its operations. As a result, each farm creates far less waste and uses a fraction of the water and land compared to traditional agriculture. For more insight on our culture, our teams, and all the things that make us so unique, check out The Roots: Bowery Farming’s People Podcast
About the Role:
Bowery Farming is looking for a passionate and committed Scientist to join the AgScience Team. The Scientist will be responsible for research and development that drives the commercialization of fruiting crops. Bringing expertise in plant physiology, horticulture, and controlled environment agriculture, the scientist will apply this knowledge to develop novel growing systems, recipes and methods that enable production of fruiting crops indoors. Working closely with colleagues in Farm Design, Robotics, Strategy and Operations, the Scientist will drive new scientific insights through rapid and iterative experimentation to create new value and market opportunities for Bowery.
What You’ll Do:
Design and execute experiments in controlled environments, pilot and production scale vertical farms to define the growing conditions and requirements for fruiting crop production.
Work with a cross functional team to design fruiting crop production farms
Provide expert guidance and insight to optimize growing operations and environments of fruiting crop production farms.
Communicate scientific insights to peers and leadership
Develop and lead a team of Agricultural Scientists in the execution of a program of research
Who You Are:
Multiple years of experience in soft fruit production systems (strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries) in greenhouse, high tunnel, open field or CEA.
Experience with optimization of growing conditions, systems and processes for fruit production.
Extensive knowledge of crop and plant physiology, experimental design and field trials
Experience in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers to optimize growing conditions, systems and processes for fruit production
Degree in: Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Botany, Plant Biology, Plant Sciences, Ecophysiology, Plant Ecology
Ability to work independently in a highly collaborative team environment
Track record of impact from scientific research
Curiosity and innovative use of technologies in plant science
Based in New York City, Bowery is the largest vertical farming company in the United States, serving major e-commerce platforms and more than 850 grocery stores in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including Albertsons Companies (Safeway and Acme), Amazon Fresh, Giant Food, Walmart, Weis, Whole Foods Market, and specialty grocers, with produce that’s harvested year-round at peak freshness, delivered within days of harvest. To date, we have raised $472 million from leading investors, including Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, Temasek, GV (formerly Google Ventures), General Catalyst, GGV Capital, First Round Capital, and individuals including Henry Kravis, Jeff Wilke, as well as some of the foremost thought leaders in food, including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and David Barber of Blue Hill.
We celebrate unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures that enrich the workplace. Join us in creating an inclusive work environment that is free of bias and discrimination, where everyone can be their authentic self. We strongly encourage people from all walks of life and underrepresented backgrounds to apply and join the Bowery Farming team. We are an equal opportunity employer.