Silvec Biologics is a well-funded biotechnology company developing the first non-GMO, single application process to vaccinate trees and vines against pathogens. The technology is based on a group of related subviral RNAs that can serve as independent VIGS (virus-induced gene silencing) vectors discovered by Silvec’s co-founder, Dr. Anne Simon, one of the world's foremost plant virologists. Silvec’s RNA-based solution can deliver siRNAs into citrus, grapevine, tobacco, etc. to target bacterial, fungal, viral, and nematode pathogens. We believe that this technology represents a comparable breakthrough for trees as the invention of vaccines and antibiotics had for humans.
Silvec is currently seeking to fill an open Research Scientist position and will have several additional positions to fill throughout the year. Scientists should have experience in one or more of the following: tree/vine physiology (particularly grapevine), molecular plant-virology, RNA structure/function, RNA silencing, and virus-induced gene silencing vectors. Applicants working in industrial or academic settings as postdoctoral researchers or university/ research institute faculty who are seeking to work in a fast-paced company that is pushing the boundaries of biotechnology are encouraged to apply. Creative problem solving, ability to work in a team, and excellent communication skills are required.
Silvec offers an outstanding research and intellectual environment with on-going collaborations with both University and Federal laboratories throughout the USA. The company is located in a state-of-the-art, newly renovated 6,000 sq ft facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland in the heart of the Washington DC biotech corridor. This is a superb opportunity to use your knowledge to contribute to critical societal needs combating global tree and vine diseases. Foreign applicants must be proficient in verbal and written English and must be visa eligible. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes full benefits with the potential to receive stock options over time. Applicants should have a PhD in an appropriate field and 0-15 years (or more) experience. Applications should include a cover letter and detailed resume.