DSP Research Associate I at Lygos
Berkeley, CA, US

Lygos is a synthetic biology startup spun out of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and UC-Berkeley developing novel pathways for the fermentative production of commodity and specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Within Lygos the DSP department handles process development and large-scale production of product.


Lygos is seeking down stream processing (DSP) research associate candidates to maintain, set up, run our pilot plant. The successful candidates will have experience with operating large equipment, general lab procedures, data interpreting / reporting and be comfortable in a fast paced, multitasking environment.


Responsible for sample collection, process monitoring, data collection and recording as well as maintenance of all relevant equipment.

Working within DSP group to help optimize process parameters.

Work Collaboratively with Lygos team members including fermentation, biology, and other departments.

Perform data analysis and engage in technical discussions and research planning.


The candidate will work under the supervision of and report to director of DSP. In addition to DSP RA specific duties, there will remain significant time and opportunity to participate in other aspects of Lygos’ technical efforts, including lab build out and other aspects of technology development, deployment, and commercialization. It is encouraged for RAs to present at and engage in the weekly department meetings. The Lygos team works closely with all employees to support career development and facilitate the learning of new skill sets.


B.S. degree in chemistry/chemical engineering or related field
0 - 3 years process development experience in an industrial or academic setting
Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, and collaboration
Strong organization skills and proven ability to manage details
Must have ability to move a minimum of 50 lbs on a regular basis.


Mass balance expertise
Strong hands-on technical abilities for maintaining and repairing basic lab equipment