Reporting to the CEO, the Director of R&D will lead C16 Bioscience’s “horizon 2” technology development program. By building and empowering multidisciplinary research teams across strain engineering, fermentation, feedstock innovation, and analytical chemistry, you will identify, develop, and optimize next generation strains, processes, and tools for the economically viable production of sustainable lipids in consumer products. You will oversee the research program from ideation to the creation of tech transfer packages for the engineering team.
This role will be based in New York, NY. We offer relocation support.
What You'll Do:
- Implement strong R&D program management, utilize ruthless prioritization to improve the power and efficiency of C16’s R&D
- Bring two new products or process technologies that improve performance or drive costs down from ideation to tech transfer.
- Initiate and lead one customer research program through to defined milestones.
- Grow and manage a team of engineers and scientists across microbiology, strain engineering, and analytical chemistry
- A proven track record of building and leading diverse, cross-functional teams that bring fermentation technologies from ideation through piloting and to a meaningful commercial scale
- A proven track record of measuring R&D progress against goals and adapting quickly to stay on track.
- Experience managing highly process-oriented R&D programs via OKRs, KPIs, a stage gate process, etc.
- Ability to identify and recruit strong scientists and engineers
- Ruthless prioritization
- Excellent communication skills, wildly organized, highly processed goal execution
- Proven teamwork, negotiation, leadership, and project management skills
- Ability and interest in mentoring, teaching, and the developing the careers of early career scientists and engineers
- Deep experience in developing world-class R&D teams and pipelines
- BS with 20+ years of experience
- MS with 15+ years of experience
- PhD with 12+ years of experience
- Core technical expertise in yeast microbiology