Plant Scientist

  • Plant Science
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Plant Scientist

Job description

What you will do

As a Plant Scientist at Source, you will team up with our Data Scientists and Software Engineers to better understand how plants develop and grow in a controlled environment and how climate and crop handling can be used to optimize trade-offs between yield, costs, and resource usage. And you will work with our data science and engineering teams to translate this knowledge into data-driven algorithms that can be used by our customers.

You are the linking pin between Artificial Intelligence and Plant Science through hands-on development and helping our team to better understand the fascinating world of plants.

Responsibilities include:

  • Translate complex relationships that drive crop development and growth into causal relations and explore counterfactual analysis

  • Design and build simulations of crop development and growth based on plant physiology and mathematical models

  • Test and improve models with historical datasets of real-world greenhouse operations

  • Analyze historical data from our partners to uncover new patterns and train models

  • Design experiments to both validate models built and generate data required to build new ones

  • Work in a multi-disciplinary environment with specialists in machine learning, engineering and agronomy

  • Team up with our Junior Plant Scientist to build out our plant science team

Job requirements

We’re looking for someone with
  • MSc or Ph.D. degree in Plant Sciences, Bioinformatics, or Computational biology

  • 3+ years experience, ideally working at phenotype models for (vine) crops

  • Familiar with the horticulture industry

  • Strong analytical skills to translate biological problems into appropriate statistical models, and to interpret and translate results back into concrete actions

  • Proven track record of developing and deploying plant physiology models and/or tools

  • Proficiency in a mathematical or statistical programming language (e.g. R, Python, Matlab)

  • Good presentation and communication skills with the ability to explain complex analytical concepts to people from other fields

And who likes to
  • Learn and master new technologies, techniques, and skills

  • Explore the unknown and challenge the status quo

  • Think independently and is not afraid to speak up

  • Engage in both technical and execution challenges and strategic discussions that are naturally part of an early-stage start-up

  • Have a positive impact on the environment and society

  • Work with a diverse group of fun and ambitious people


  • Solid salary
  • 8% holiday allowance
  • 25 days of holiday leave
  • Travel reimbursement
  • A mix of remote and office work (50-50%)
  • Working on a purposeful goal
  • Learning from the best in the industry
  • Lots of fun
Our approach

We strongly believe that a diversity of perspectives is essential to successfully tackling challenges (no matter how small or big). That’s why we want and need people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultures to help us with the complex global challenge we’re trying to solve.

We value eagerness to learn over meeting all requirements. So even if you don’t feel like you meet 100% of the criteria, we’d still encourage you to reconsider and apply. We look forward to your application.

Ensuring a smooth candidate experience is very important to us. We aim to get back to you regarding your application within 5 business days. Our interview process tends to consist of 3 stages (intro call, hiring manager interview, assignment, and panel) which we strive to organize as fast as we can, but please do let us know if you need more flexibility.