Research Scientist

The ideal candidate will be curious, open-minded, hard-working, enthusiastic, motivated, detail oriented, organized and a team player with a proactive approach to research and development. They will seek out opportunities to facilitate understanding and make significant contributions in cross-functional teams in a collegiate and collaborative environment. This position will involve 80-90 % bench work.

What you can expect on a daily basis

  • Design and build plasmids for strain engineering
  • Prepare and submit samples for DNA sanger sequencing and interpret the resulting data
  • Prepare gDNA and RNA
  • Coordinate gDNA and RNA sample submission for sequencing
  • Design primers for genotyping PCRs
  • Design and execute genotyping PCRs
  • Analyze, consolidate, document, and communicate genotyping PCR data to the team
  • Plate microbial strains and prepare for colony PCR
  • Follow scientific research principles and solid documentational practices at all times in your work
  • Interpretation, statistical analysis and reporting of experimental data
  • Maintain a high degree of accuracy, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Deliver regular progress updates to the team
  • Mentor and train other team members as required

What we expect you to know

  • BS or higher degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Microbial Genetics, or a related discipline, with 2+ years of relevant experience (preferably industrial)
  • Experience with
    • Plasmid design and construction
    • Primer design
    • PCR (including colony PCR, qPCR, digital droplet PCR)
    • Preparation of gDNA and RNA
    • DNA and protein electrophoresis
    • Microbial transformation
    • Small scale growth, protein expression and purification from microbial hosts
    • Enzyme assays
  • Basic bioinformatics skills (Sequence alignments, BLAST, etc.)
  • Sterile working technique
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excels in a collaborative environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to adapt and excel in a rapidly changing start-up environment
  • Ability to troubleshoot experiments with strong problem-solving record

What we would like you to know

  • Experience with
    • Manipulation of filamentous fungi and yeast
    • Transformation techniques and genome editing technology in fungi and yeast
  • Genomic sequence analysis and interpretation
  • Strain screening
  • Mutagenesis
  • Enzymatic assays (ELISA )
  • Knowledge of microbial physiology/biochemistry