Breeding Scientist in Kittanning, PA

Sylvan Inc.

About the job

SYLVAN is the world leader in the production of mushroom seed (spawn). As specialists in fermentation on solid substrates, Sylvan uses pharmaceutical manufacturing standards to offer high quality products including biological and technical solutions to the commercial mushroom industry and beyond. Our company is globally recognized for the quality of its products, its performance and its investment in the research and development of new strains and products. The Sylvan Group has 8 production units, 3 research centers and 17 logistics sites distributing its products in more than 65 countries.

As part of the global breeding team, you will contribute to the development and implementation of edible mushroom breeding strategies within the framework of market needs.

Key Responsibilities:

Conceive and manage the discovery of novel traits in the cultivated button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus)
Develop a breeding program including molecular marker development, genetic analysis, crossing matrices, testing schemes and analysis of results.
Lead, and manage a selection team (research assistant, technician, etc.) responsible for carrying out the program.
Collaborate with the other research teams of the SYLVAN group, located in Europe and China
Work in close collaboration with various departments including production, new product development, sales and quality control.
Travel as necessary to Europe and China depending on current research projects


Minimum Master’s Degree in Biological or Agronomic Sciences
Knowledge of molecular biology is essential
Doctorate in Biological and Agronomic Sciences preferred
Knowledge of Bioinformatics, and associated software
Experience in the development of molecular markers and marker assisted breeding preferred
Specialization in genetic improvement of plants; understanding of commercial plant breeding systems
Mastery of statistical software
Experience participating in the realization of a selection program, or similar experimental experience via an internship or other relevant experience
Understanding of fungal systems is preferred but not essential

Sylvan Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and provides equal opportunity employment to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.