Scientist, Strain Engineering

Confidential Company  •  Emeryville, CA
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/22/17
Confidential Company
Emeryville, CA
Biotech/Pharma
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/22/17

We are seeking a Scientist to support the engineering of microbes to deliver sustainable solutions for a growing world. The Scientist will be joining the team responsible for improving the performance of microbes producing commercially important metabolites utilizing our high-throughput automated strain engineering platform. We are looking for candidates with a high degree of creativity and passion for solving scientific challenges.

Responsibilities
• Delving though scientific literature and historic data to identify new hypotheses to improve strain performance
• Working together with the automated strain engineering, high-throughput screening, and fermentation groups to build and test designed strains
• Analyzing data from phenotype tests and using knowledge of metabolism to design a new set of DNA designs for the next round of strain engineering
• Managing and coordinating complex experimental schedules within a broader team
• Maintaining safe practices and work environment

Qualifications
We favor candidates with formal technical training (Ph.D. or equivalent experience) in metabolic engineering, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering or related field.  We prefer candidates with a history of successfully improving strain performance. Previous experience in the field of microbial genome engineering and/or synthetic biology is a plus. We prefer Scientists with experience in some or all of the following areas:

• Familiarity with cellular physiology and metabolism in a variety of eukaryotic and prokaryotic microbes
• Familiarity with cellular processes involved in small molecule production, including redox balance, energy usage, product transport, growth rate, etc.
• Familiarity with enzymology and protein engineering
• Familiarity with molecular biology techniques including familiarity with PCR, restriction digest analysis, plasmid construction, DNA sequence analysis, and microbial transformation (bacteria, yeast)
• Familiarity with concepts in statistics and tools to analyze data (Excel, Minitab, R, Spotfire)
• Working in cross-disciplinary, collaborative teams

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