Research Associate, Manufacturing at Whole Biome
San Francisco, CA, US
Whole Biome is an early-stage, venture-backed biotech located in San Francisco. We are a small team of scientists, engineers and physicians interested in improving human health by using the latest research from diverse fields, such as, microbiology, molecular biology, high-throughput genomics, distributed computing, pharmaceutical development and nutrition sciences.

We are currently seeking a Research Associate to join Whole Biome’s Manufacturing Team. This person will be responsible for working with a team of microbiologists to culture, harvest and encapsulate Whole Biome’s proprietary medical food products. Additionally, this person will have the opportunity to work with the Molecular Biology, Compute and Medical Teams to support and enable the discovery and development of novel, life-changing microbiome interventions.The successful candidate will need to be able to learn new systems quickly and adapt to changing needs as Whole Biome rapidly expands capabilities in terms of projects and processes.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Operate manufacturing lab equipment, including anaerobic chambers, bioreactors, benchtop and floor centrifuges, and lyophilizers.
Independently execute biochemical and molecular biology experiments and use in-house software tools to analyze data.
Characterize formulations through analytical and physiological testing
Support production scale-ups and the commercialization of new products.
Support microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry scientific teams in multiple parallel projects.
Manage and organize assay workflows, draft protocols, and support lab operations.
Assist scientists in product and process development and improvements.
Keep up-to-date on current scientific literature related to microbial ecology, isolation and cultivation

REQUIREMENTS:
This is a dynamic, start-up environment that requires an individual with adaptability, ingenuity, independent drive, and a passion for improving patient care.
B.S. or M.S. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biology, or related field with 1-2 years working experience.
Required experience in aseptic techniques used in microbiology
Required experience in anaerobic growth of bacteria and medium preparation and optimization.
Desired experience with developing/writing SOPs, documenting and tracking lot numbers and using lab management systems.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and be a fully contributing member of a multi-functional fast-paced team environment
Experience in working as part of a team to design, develop, optimize and validate assays.
Experience in implementing and prioritizing quality work across multiple projects under tight time constraints.
Comfort (and preferably experience) in handling human and animal samples, including stool, skin and blood.
Detail oriented and organized.
Familiar with Excel, Word and Google apps
Ability to stand for long periods of time in a laboratory setting and lift 50 pounds.
Proactive communicator

Whole Biome is developing novel classes of therapeutics and diagnostics that target the human microbiome to improve the lives of patients suffering from a variety of diseases. At Whole Biome, we employ cutting-edge technology in our R&D pipeline. We are passionate about building products that are best-in-class and we are looking for individuals who embody that same desire. 

At Whole Biome, we understand that success means building great teams to solve challenging problems. We hire the best and brightest and give everyone the resources we need to succeed.

Benefits:
  - competitive salary and equity packages
  - health, dental, and vision
  - 401k with corporate matching
  - flexible schedules with a focus on work/life balance
​  - unlimited vacation policy (we're all adults and professionals, not clockwatchers)
  - commuter benefits

Sweet Perks
  - casual culture (66% of founders usually wearing hoodies)  
  - artisanal coffee
​  - on-site gym
  - strong belief in work/life balance; we believe it, we encourage it, we live it
  - pick your own laptop
  - collaborative, team environment
  - off-site, team building adventures
  - walking distance to Caltrain, Muni
  - walking distance to bars and restaurants in Dogpatch

If you're someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment where autonomy and collaborative teams are equally valued, AND you are excited to dedicate your life to improving health, please get in touch with us!

​​Email  with your resume and cover letter to begin the application process.  Even if you don't see an opening that fits you, please send us your resume if you think your background and personality would be a great fit!