Technical Writer at Lygos
Berkeley, CA, US
Lygos is an industrial biotechnology company developing new technologies for the fermentative production of bio-chemicals. We are working to replace expensive, environmentally hazardous, and harmful petrochemical production processes used today with safe, renewable routes using engineered microbes. An important aspect is identification of bio-advantaged chemicals: those where biochemistry provides a strong competitive advantage over petro-chemistry.

Position Description

The successful applicant will be expected to work alongside Lygos’ CTO, CEO, and senior management on technical writing and presentation projects, including: grant applications, project reports, patent applications and associated intellectual property (e.g., records of invention), white papers, and business presentations. To support these activities, the successful applicant will also be expected to review published technical reports (e.g., papers, patents, and market research). It is not required that the applicant have significant previous grant or patent writing experience, but the applicant should be a skilled technical writer and able to provide samples of their work.

The applicant may be required to collect lab data supporting grant and/or patent filings; this is not anticipated to comprise 10% or less of time. Thus, applicants are required to have MS- or PhD-level bioengineering, molecular biology, or similar experience. This position may be well suited for applicants graduating from PhD-level programs seeking alternatives career paths to wet-lab research.

Primary Responsibilities

Manage Lygos’ existing grant submissions and reporting obligations, including:
Manage multi-member teams contributing to grant writing and submission
Participate in grant application research and writing alongside Lygos’ CTO
Conduct Literature reviews on technical and business topics related to new technology development
Collect background data in lab to support grant applications
Manage ongoing grant reporting obligations
Participate in development of Lygos’ intellectual property portfolio
Work alongside Lygos’ CTO and IP advisors to draft patent applications
Develop methods to accelerate and increase the efficiency of patent drafting
Collect background data in lab to support patent applications
Manage Lygos scientist writing and submission of Records of Invention
Participate in Lygos’ ongoing communications efforts:
Draft PowerPoint presentations along with CEO and CTO
Draft white papers and press releases for external publication


Excellent technical writing skills
M.S. or PhD degree in Bioengineering, Microbiology or related field
4+ years metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, or similar wet lab experience (examples include, molecular biology, microbiology and/or chemistry experience)
Ability to work independently
Demonstrated success in visual/creative/design abilities