Research Associate, Fermentation Development

Title: Research Associate, Fermentation Development

Type: Full-Time

Location: Berkeley, CA

Supervisor: Head of Fermentation Development


We seek an enthusiastic, team oriented, problem solver to join our team with an entrepreneurial mindset and drive to build a business. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Fermentation Development. This is a unique opportunity to join the materials revolution and have a major impact in a fun, fast growing, entrepreneurial company.


  • Plan and execute fermentation experiments in a team environment including set-up, operations, sampling, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and presentation of data
  • Assess performance of microbial strains, their evaluation and characterization
  • Assist in testing and optimization of new equipment and/or fermentation processes
  • Collaborate cross functionally with team members and stakeholders to develop economically viable, commercially relevant fermentation processes
  • Conduct benchtop, flask experiments to support fermentation development
  • Create SOP’s and other process documentation for newly developed approaches
  • Accountable for building a strong safety culture and actively pursue it daily; identify unsafe behaviors and conditions and intervene to mitigate incidents 


    • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Bioprocess Engineering, or equivalent years of experience. Post-educational fermentation experience highly desirable, including set-up, operation, and maintenance of lab and/or pilot-scale bioreactors
    • Experience with heterotrophic microalgal fermentation processes a plus
    • Ability to analyze and interpret fermentation data; troubleshoot critical issues
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    • Ability to communicate well with scientists and engineers in multiple disciplines
    • Ability to successfully work in a project-driven and team-oriented environment
    • Experience with a variety of bench scale fermentation bioreactors a plus
    • Aseptic technique necessary
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs (raw materials) with assistance
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