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THROUGH NEW SCIENCE VENTURES.
Primary agriculture is encountering mounting challenges from growing populations, depleted soil, invasive pests, and reduced water availability. The amount of farmland per person is projected to decrease by 2050 to one-third of the amount available in 1970. Despite these threats, to sustain future populations, farming will need to expand to an area the size of Brazil.
Controlled Environment Agriculture encompasses a range of techniques to grow crops indoors by controlling certain aspects of the environment including lighting, temperature, humidity, irrigation, fertigation and other factors that influence plant physiological responses. The industry has recently focused intensively on the high growth Vertical Farming market, which stacks crops to improve land use, but major bottlenecks remain neglected, namely around water use and cultivars of plants themselves, which remain optimised more for the original environments in which they were bred.
Read more about how we see this Opportunity Area as part of our larger Agriculture thesis.

 

OUR OFFER
Taking a Founding Analyst role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking, and we’ll even pay you to start your own company and support you in building the founding team, and developing early data to land your first customers and investors.
The role transitions over time, with you initially working in an Analyst role, scoping out your own project opportunities and working with a dedicated Sector expert team at DSV to identify which could become companies. You will focus on mapping out the constraints and limitations currently leading to a lack of innovation in the Sector, and build out high performance, multidisciplinary teams to augment your own capabilities and develop proof-of-concept IP in the lab, with access to the Roslin Institute and Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh. After a 9 month period we will support you in taking the role of CEO or CTO of one of the companies we design together.

It’s a full time role working across market analysis, laboratory science and venture creation, and you’ll potentially be able to be part of the founding team for more than one new venture in the area (and own an equity stake in each one of them). DSV will provide up to £500k of investment to enable your startup to conduct further 6-figure research.
Compared to other Entrepreneur in Residence programmes, DSV’s is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.
The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Venture’s and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.  

 

 

THE IDEAL PROFILE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY

The ideal candidate will have experience in the arable crop or greenhouse horticulture industry, with expertise across some of the following technical domains: 

• Plant breeding, including phenopharming, genetic engineering, genome engineering, genome editing and functional genomics
• Plant cell biology and plant-mutualist interactions
• Hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics, indoor farming, vertical farming or urban agriculture
• Wastewater processing, blackwater/greywater treatment or artificial wetland

Primary agriculture is encountering mounting challenges from growing populations, depleted soil, invasive pests, and reduced water availability. The amount of farmland per person is projected to decrease by 2050 to one-third of the amount available in 1970. Despite these threats, to sustain future populations, farming will need to expand to an area the size of Brazil.

Controlled Environment Agriculture encompasses a range of techniques to grow crops indoors by controlling certain aspects of the environment including lighting, temperature, humidity, irrigation, fertigation and other factors that influence plant physiological responses. The industry has recently focused intensively on the high growth Vertical Farming market, which stacks crops to improve land use, but major bottlenecks remain neglected, namely around water use and cultivars of plants themselves, which remain optimised for the different environments in which they were bred.

Read more about how we see this Opportunity Area as part of our larger Agriculture thesis.

 

OUR OFFER

Taking a Founding Analyst role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking, and we’ll even pay you to start your own company and support you in building the founding team, and developing early data to land your first customers and investors.

The role transitions over time, with you initially working in an Analyst role, scoping out your own project opportunities and working with a dedicated Sector expert team at DSV to identify which could become companies. You will focus on mapping out the constraints and limitations currently leading to a lack of innovation in the Sector, and build out high performance, multidisciplinary teams to augment your own capabilities and develop proof-of-concept IP in the lab with access to the Roslin Institute and Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh. After a 9 month period we will support you in taking the role of CEO or CTO of one of the companies we design together.

It’s a full time role working across market analysis, laboratory science and venture creation, and you’ll potentially be able to be part of the founding team for more than one new venture in the area (and own an equity stake in each one of them). DSV will provide up to £500k of investment to enable your startup to conduct further 6-figure research.

Compared to other Entrepreneur in Residence programmes, DSV’s is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.

The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Venture’s and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.  

 

THE IDEAL PROFILE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY

The ideal candidate will have experience in the arable crop or greenhouse horticulture industry, with expertise across some of the following technical domains: 

• Plant breeding, including phenopharming, genetic engineering, genome engineering, genome editing and functional genomics

• Plant cell biology and plant-mutualist interactions

• Hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics, indoor farming, vertical farming or urban agriculture

• Wastewater processing, blackwater/greywater treatment or artificial wetland

Interviews ongoing

Interviews ongoing