We are hiring a Metabolic Engineering Research Associate 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 Research Associate 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.
Implement molecular and synthetic biology workflows for the construction of plasmids, strains, and enzymes to facilitate strain engineering efforts.
Design of experiments, creation & optimization of protocols, and collection & processing data.
Assist with in vitro and in vivo enzymatic assays, and strain evaluation.
Interface with the company’s data management system to record strain and enzyme-based data.
Assist with designing experiments, creating & optimizing protocols, and collecting & processing data.
Effectively communicate and collaborate with other R&D groups, including the Enzyme Engineering and Analytics teams.
Manage the streamlined operation of the Strain Development Group by routinely preparing sterile materials, reagents, and media as well as maintaining the group’s chemicals and consumables inventories.
MS or BS in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Biochemical Engineering, or a related discipline.
Previous research experience (1-2 years) with an academic lab and/or industrial research group.
Industrial/startup research experience is strongly preferred.
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 is plus.
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.
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.
If this position aligns with your career aspirations, please apply using the form below.