We are seeking a Metabolic Engineering Scientist to join a rapidly expanding R&D team and provide crucial support to both the metabolic engineering and strain development groups for the fast-paced, goal-driven development of the company’s novel carbon conserving metabolic pathway biotechnology. This role is a growth-based opportunity to acquire extensive, diverse experiences and skills with strain development, enzyme engineering, and automation. The Metabolic Engineering Scientist will also have the opportunity to build out & expand the Strain Development Group’s capabilities with state-of-the-art technologies as well as to collaborate with other internal R&D groups and the company’s external partners.
Lead the development of strains with a focus on novel metabolic pathways targeted at achieving TRY metrics.
Design and implement molecular and synthetic biology workflows for the construction of plasmids, strains, and enzymes to facilitate strain engineering efforts.
Lead the design of experiments, creation & optimization of protocols, and collection & processing data.
Guide and perform in vitro and in vivo enzymatic assays, and lead strain evaluation.
Effectively communicate and collaborate with other R&D groups, including the Fermentation, Enzyme Engineering, and Analytics teams.
Interface with the company’s data management system to record strain and enzyme-based data.
Coordinate with external collaborators, partners, and vendors to ensure smooth workflow between all stakeholders.
Assist with the expansion of the group’s capabilities by exploring new technologies and strategies to improve experimental throughput and support automation efforts.
Mentor and guide junior Research Associates in the Strain Development Group.
PhD or MS in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Biochemical Engineering, or a related discipline.
PhD with 2+ years (or MS degree with 6+ years) research experience in an industrial/startup research group is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to reach targeted metrics though design, construction, and testing of strains and metabolic pathways.
Experience working with E. coli is required; additional experience with other industrially relevant microorganisms is a plus.
Hands on experience with synthetic biology and strain engineering techniques such as PCR, Gibson Assembly, restriction digestion, ligation, and homologous recombination.
Experience with protein expression, purification, and enzymatic assays.
Rigorous attention to details with experimental design, execution, noise/variability, reproducibility, and record keeping.
Keen sense for both physical (lab) and data-oriented organization.
Excellent time management skills, effective with multitasking, and an adept ability to improvise work plans while maintaining efficiency.
Clear and effective communication skills.
Previous mentoring experience is a plus.
Full-time opportunities at ZymoChem come with:
Competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision employee coverage, along with stock options.
Optional benefits including dependent coverage, FSA, HSA, commuter, and supplemental life insurance.
Flexible time off policy with 15 days PTO and 10 paid company holidays per year.
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