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Scientist, Plant Cell Developmental Biology

Amherst Area, MA
About Galy

We are out of time. Change must be immediate. We have to help the world find alternative ways to produce all the same things we love. But better. Using less land, less water, less energy, and making less waste. If you think that sounds like a mission, well, you are right. We are solving the world’s most important problems with talented individuals who share our passion to change the world. GALY is an early-stage company developing novel in vitro plant cell culture methods to produce cotton, coffee, and other plant products in a process that is faster and uses fewer resources than if grown in the ground. GALY's environment is built so everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, age, or background, can do their best work.

Role Description:

Come and join our rapidly growing team, work with smart and dedicated people and help develop cutting-edge technologies that will have a lasting impact on the world. We seek a cell developmental biologist specializing in plant cell culture assay development who will be developing techniques to support the company’s research into novel plant cellular agriculture. The successful candidate will assist in designing novel assays and executing existing assays. The candidate’s ability to learn quickly, thrive in the lab environment, and optimize workflows are important to support and help GALY fulfill its mission. Salary and title will be commensurate with experience.

Here’s What You’ll do:

  • Working with a cross-functional team, you will utilize your expertise to contribute to the development of new cell lines, culture growth conditions, and the design of studies to differentiate plant cells into fiber.
  • Use cellular and molecular biology tools to create or engineer fibergenic cell lines.
  • Design experiments to optimize both propagation phase and differentiation phase cell cultures to maximize fiber development.
  • Working with other team members, you will be responsible for analysis of data and collaborative contributions to defining the next steps in our workflow
  • Co-develop new scientific project  to address unmet company needs
  • Work alongside passionate researchers who want to change the world

Education & Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Plant Cell Biology, Plant Physiology or similar, with industry or 3-5+ years post-doc experience
  • Experience with designing and executing plant tissue culture experiments, optimizing protocols, and analyzing data.
  • Experience with plant cell culture and biology 
  • Working knowledge of plant developmental pathways, cell cycle, or plant cellular physiology
  • Strong sense of ambition and initiative. 
  • Capable of learning new techniques quickly and working independently
  • Experience with microscopy techniques (i.e. light, confocal, SEM)
  • A great team player with strong interpersonal and collaboration skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with sterile technique for tissue culture
  • Genomics or Transcriptomics assay development and analysis
  • Proficient in R, Python, and/or Perl for bioinformatic analysis


  • We are temporarily located in Sunderland, MA, USA, but will soon be relocating to Boston, MA

What We Offer:

  • Fast-paced environment with rapid growth opportunities;
  • Excellent full-time benefits including comprehensive medical coverage, dental, and vision options;
  • Life and disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with company match;
  • Relocation assistance for non-local talent;
  • Paid vacation and holidays.

GALY is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status by applicable law.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the functions, responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position, and GALY retains the discretion to modify functions, responsibilities, duties and skills at any time, including modifying the time devoted to such activities, deleting activities and assigning other activities.

Who we are:

GALY is growing the future. We are an army of dreamers that believe scientists are the artists of a new era. We envision a world where we can still produce sought-after materials without the physical burden we place on the planet and its people, especially those without opportunity. That is why we are revolutionizing the way we produce goods today by building a much more sustainable and distributable form of agriculture. However, nobody takes innovation seriously until you scale it. We are on it!  By developing novel scale-up strategies for in-vitro production of cotton that have never been done on an industrial scale, we will achieve something truly new. To do this, we are gathering a team with highly diverse skills and experiences, ranging from genetic engineering, plant cell culture, sterile process development, bioreactor design, mathematics, statistics agriculture, high-performance automation, stylists, illustrators, fashion designers, creative business development, marketing and branding strategies. A group on a mission to save our planet. We are scientists. We are artists. We are GALY.

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