Careers in Algae

ABO is dedicated to the advancement of the algae sector. If you are an algae professional looking for new job opportunities in the algae industry or a company/organization seeking new employees, the ABO careers pare is here to connect you.

Employers, ABO will post job openings pertinent to the algal industry on its website for 30 days. Platinum, Gold, and Silver members of the ABO receive this service free of charge. Non-ABO members or members holding a non-qualifying membership may purchase job listings for $100 for 30 days. Please send job description and qualification requirements to: info@algaebiomass.org

Job seekers, please see the postings below and follow the individual instructions for application. ABO does not field inquiries for outside positions.

 

Current openings

 

Senior Research Associate – Photosynthesis,  Viridos

La Jolla, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1113

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy. We are currently looking to add a Senior Research Associate to our team in La Jolla, CA. 

The Senior Research Associate will support the forward genetics pipeline focused on generating, identifying, and characterizing algal mutants with improved photosynthetic efficiency, lipid productivity or other desirable phenotypes.  The successful candidate will have extensive experience in high throughput screening techniques, flow cytometry and photophysiology.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to a team effort aimed at the isolation and characterization of algal mutants with enhanced photosynthetic or metabolic properties
  • Act as an independent user of FACS instruments.  Perform maintenance and troubleshooting as needed
  • Carefully set up and execute laboratory experiments to evaluate the growth and photophysiological characteristics of algae strains
  • Program, set up and monitor liquid handling robots to aid in microplate-based high throughput screening efforts
  • Utilize proper aseptic technique to cultivate and maintain algal cultures
  • Generate detailed and complete laboratory notebooks and research summaries; communicate data to internal groups through written and oral reports
  • Instruct and provide guidance to Research Associates

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • B.S. in  Molecular Biology, Phycology or related life-sciences field with 5-8 years of relevant experience in industrial or academic labs or M.S. degree with 2-3 years of relevant experience in industrial or academic labs
  • Hands-on, practical working knowledge of flow cytometry & FACS highly desirable
  • Experience working with eukaryotic algae or other microbial photoautotrophs is an advantage
  • Proven ability to budget time and manage several projects at once
  • Maintain high level of organization and attention to detail
  • Eagerness to learn, adopt, and develop new methods

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1113: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US   (5/2022)

 

Research Associate, Seed Scale Up,  Viridos

La Jolla, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1112

Some farms grow food. Ours grows fuel.

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy. We are currently looking to add a Research Associate to support work both at our La Jolla and Calipatria facilities.

Under the direction of the Production Scientist, the RA will be responsible for ensuring day to day seed scaling operations in La Jolla and at the CAAF production facility in Calipatria, CA are providing seed for our intense operational schedule, while maintaining the quality of the deliverable seed culture. The Seed Scale Up team plays a key role in the overall mission at Viridos and is essential to the process of scaling algae from the lab to the field. Collaboration and partnership between the teams in La Jolla and at the CAAF is a must for this role to be successful.

This position will be focused on developing and promoting better seed scaling practices through the collaborative operation of multi-scale algae cultivation systems. The position will require a self-motivated, detail-oriented individual with excellent listening, communication, and problem-solving skills, who works both independently and as part of a collaborative team.

A TYPICAL DAY IN SEED SCALE UP

  • You’ll work with a team of professionals including the Greenhouse Staff Scientist and Production Scientist in La Jolla, and the Lab Manager and Production Supervisor in Calipatria to coordinate Seed Scaling efforts.
  • You will spend 2-3 days per week at the CAAF site in Calipatria, CA during the production season to ensure consistent and sustained operations, the other days in La Jolla working on optimizing scale up operations.
  • You will work with a diverse team of scientists in setting seed scaling cadence and operational standards for all algal seed that passes from the lab to the field.
  • You’ll collaborate with the CAAF’s Production Manager to ensure seed operations are running on schedule and tailored to fit pilot operation demands.
  • You will work directly with the Production Scientist to design, develop, and test novel seed scale up designs.
  • You’ll assist the Process Development team in developing operational process flows and practices for scaled algal growth operations.
  • Nothing else matters without a safe environment. You will work hand in hand with our Safety Team to foster a culture where safety is non-negotiable.
  • Since Viridos values a teamworking spirit and getting the job done, your skills will be used in a variety of productive and collaborative ways to support our mission of changing the world!!

STRENGTHS OF A SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Biology, or Chemistry.
  • 1-2 years in manufacturing/processing is desired. If that experience happens to be in the field of algae cultivation, that’s a win!
  • Experience with sensors and monitoring systems is a plus!
  • If you have had experience in developing and implementation of new process or improvements through development and scale-up phases, that would be preferred.
  • Aptitude with Microsoft Office is a must. Any experience with design or drawing programs is a plus.
  • You understand the value of communication.
  • You have the technical aptitude to learn and understand the algal production processes.
  • A basic understanding of the requirements for algae cultivation would lend a strong factor for consideration
  • You strive for continuous improvement – Never Satisfied.

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1112: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US   (5/2022)

 

Research Associate, Viridos

La Jolla, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1111

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy. We are currently looking to add a Research Associate to our team in La Jolla, CA.

The Research Associate will be responsible for processing of multiple samples within the Analytical Chemistry laboratory. The Research Associate will also be responsible for providing hands-on support of analytical method development and validation. This work is in support of several programs that emphasize lipid and algal biomass productivity.

Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with project participants and other analytical staff, the Research Associate is responsible for various sample handling including sample preparation, instrumental measurements, and data reporting with fast turn-around time, by applying validated methods to new and ongoing projects.
  • Accuracy in performing common wet chemistry techniques, such as pipetting, serial dilutions, weighing, arithmetic operations, and producing calibration curves is necessary.
  • Routinely upload analytical results in LIMS-based reports.
  • Identify aberrant or non-conforming results and perform limited root cause analysis.
  • Responsible for the operation, troubleshooting, calibration and maintenance of Agilent GCs and Shimadzu TOCs is expected. Serves as a day-to-day interface between project participants and the analytical group.
  • Maintain a culture of safety in the facilities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Requires a B.S./B.A. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry or other appropriate subject with a minimum of 1-3 year relevant, experience.
  • Demonstrated strong hands-on wet chemistry skills and sample preparation knowledge. Experience with analytical instrumentation and software (TOC, HPLC, GC and LC) is desired. Experience with GC-MS or LC-MS is a big plus.
  • Ability to accurately follow written protocols involving complex sample preparations, such as chemical derivatization of fatty acids, is essential.
  • The ability to critically analyze chromatographic results and quantitatively assess data quality is highly desirable.
  • The ability to maintain and troubleshoot a variety of analytical equipment and instrumentation is highly desirable.
  • LIMS experience is a huge plus.
  • Familiarity with MS Office applications (Excel, Word, Power Point) and simple statistical analysis is required.
  • Comprehension of the concepts involving the use of internal or external standards for quantitation is expected.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and have strong oral and written communication abilities.

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1111: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US   (4/2022)

 

Temporary Lab Technician, Viridos

Temporary  –  Calipatria, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1110

Some farms grow food. Ours grows fuel.

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy.  We are currently looking to add a Temporary Lab Technician to our Calipatria, CA team at the California Advanced Algae Facility.

A Typical Day at Viridos 

  • You’ll work with a team of professionals to assist the scientific and production staff with routine laboratory tasks and functions.
  • You’ll work in the lab and in the field to collect data, calibrate sensors, maintain sensor networks, prepare reagents and chemicals, operate lab and system equipment, maintain seed trains, and be hands-on with enhanced algal strains and advanced algal growth systems.
  • Critical thinking skills are necessary. A self-motivated, detail-oriented individual will thrive in this environment.
  • Good communication skills are essential. A successful applicant will be able to follow SOPs, enter data, and maintain laboratory files. 
  • Nothing else matters without a safe environment. You will work hand in hand with our Safety Team to foster a culture where safety is non-negotiable.
  • Since Viridos values a teamworking spirit and getting the job done, your skills will be used in a variety of productive and collaborative ways to support our mission of changing the world!!
  • Ability to rotate shifts and work nights, weekends, and overtime as needed lends a strong factor for consideration. 

Education and Experience

  • HS Diploma or Associates Degree
  • 6 months – 1 year experience in a research or technical laboratory is desired. If that experience happens to be in the field of algae cultivation, that’s a win!
  • Aptitude with Microsoft Office is a must. 
  • A basic understanding of the requirements for algae cultivation would lend a strong factor for consideration
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.
  • You strive for continuous improvement – Never Satisfied

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1110: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US   (4/2022)

 

Temporary Facilities Technician, Viridos

Temporary  –  Calipatria, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1108

Some farms grow food. Ours grows fuel.

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy. We are currently looking to add a Temporary Facilities Technician to join our Calipatria, CA team at the California Advanced Algae Facility.

A Typical Day at Viridos

  • You’ll perform a variety of building and equipment maintenance and repair work independently as instructed by other technical trade technicians.
  • You’ll be involved in the maintenance of grounds, facilities, and mobile equipment.
  • Repair, assembly, installation, and assisting in the construction of new projects and installation of new equipment is an essential part of the job.
  • Ability to perform routine preventive maintenance inspections and maintain records of activities is critical to onsite operations.
  • You’ll operate a variety of equipment and machines such as forklifts, trucks, saws, drills, sanders, pipe threaders, welding equipment, and other hand and power tools.
  • Good communication skills are essential. A successful applicant will be able to follow written and verbal instructions and maintain records as instructed. 

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma, GED, or its equivalent, and two years of experience in preventive maintenance 
  • A combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered when determining minimum qualifications.  
  • Knowledge of methods, equipment, and materials used in routine maintenance and repair work is essential. 
  • A successful applicant will possess an understanding of basic shop math. 
  • Nothing else matters without a safe environment. You will work hand in hand with our Safety Team to foster a culture where safety is non-negotiable. 
  • You strive for continuous improvement – Never Satisfied

Physical Requirements

  • You’ll operate tools to perform the duties of the position, including, power and mechanical tools, special electronics, and work-related machinery.
  • Ability to transport equipment or boxes up to 50lbs is key.
  • You must be able to work outdoors and in different climate conditions.
  • As part of your duties, you will balance, ascend/descend, climb, kneel, stoop, bend, crouch, or crawl within assigned working conditions and or locations.
  • Ability to rotate shifts and work nights, weekends, and overtime as needed lends a strong factor for consideration.

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1108: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US  (4/2022)

 

Lab Manager, Viridos

Calipatria, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1106

Some farms grow food. Ours grows fuel.

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy. We are currently seeking a Lab Manager to join our dynamic and collaborative team in Calipatria, CA.   The Lab Manager will be responsible for directing and coordinating work that will take place in the lab environment. 

A typical day on the farm

  • You’ll schedule and coordinate lab personnel to meet the experimental and production workload. 
  • Coordinate sampling and analytical requirements for the lab per production schedule
  • Maintain data integrity. Data quality checks and oversite for data entry/monitoring to ensure proper data entry has been completed accurately for all key projects for the program. 
  • Perform, Review and Maintain Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Control and best practices
  • Inventory management to include the ordering of required consumables to maintain consistent lab functionality. Maintains laboratory supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies and reporting usage on a quarterly basis to management. 
  • Oversight of lab personnel including training and effective communication of current and upcoming experimental operations onsite. 
  • Daily inspection of specific operational logs to ensure the proper completion and documentation of critical procedures. 
  • Maintain completion of scheduled preventative maintenance plans for critical lab equipment and other systems as prescribed. 
  • Update and maintain the Lab Safety Plan/Manual and the SDS Manual. 
  • Maintain laboratory SOPs; regularly evaluate and update SOPs; establish novel SOPs as needed for new equipment and procedures.
  • Enforces proper PPE used by lab personnel 
  • Maintains laboratory productivity by monitoring workload of functional areas; identifying peak and slack periods; making operational or staffing adjustments. 
  • Maintains laboratory information systems by identifying information needs and problems; recommending improvements; establishing priorities; writing user manuals; training employees; maintaining security and confidentiality.
  • Responsible for seed train operations and seed integrity
  • Troubleshooting of instrumentation and analytical equipment.
  • Maintains and documents chemical inventory per EHS guidelines.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as biology or chemistry with 5-10 years of experience in a leadership role or a Master’s or Ph.D. with 3-5 years’ experience managing a highly dynamic and analytically driven team. 
  • Experience in managing a dynamic team over multiple shifts in a laboratory setting is required. 
  • Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate interactions with a highly interdisciplinary team. 
  • Must possess meticulous attention to detail while being able to develop, learn and adopt new methods of understanding. 
  • Must be able to quickly problem solve and communicate rapid schedule changes in a safe and effective manner. 
  • Experience implementing information and/or operational technology
  • Must be able to write and implement Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Control evaluations, and Quality assurance procedures. 
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is highly preferred. 

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1106: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US    (4/2022)

 

Temporary Production Associate, Viridos

Temporary  –  Calipatria, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1109

Some farms grow food. Ours grows fuel.

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy. We are currently looking to add a Temporary Production Associate to our Calipatria, CA team.

A Typical Day at Viridos

  • You’ll work under the supervision of the Production Supervisor to accomplish routine tasks and functions.
  • Communication is key! You must be an active communicator across multiple teams to effectively maintain daily operations. 
  • Good observation and critical thinking skills will aid in the monitoring and maintenance systems used for established site processes.
  • Attention to detail is a must to ensure accurate operations, record keeping 
  • A willingness to learn goes a long way. We have a lot of opportunities for growth for those that want to learn!
  • Ability to work variable shifts when needed.
  • Basic math skills are essential to the production team and will help with ongoing operations.
  • You’ll work to ensure the proper deployment and calibration of sensors and remote data collection systems to implement data tracking across production units.
  • If you like working with your hands, you’ll have the opportunity to build and maintain operational units to facilitate site-wide algae operations.
  • Nothing else matters without a safe environment. You will work hand in hand with our Safety Team to foster a culture where cleanliness and safety are non-negotiable.
  • Since Viridos values a teamworking spirit and getting the job done, your skills will be used in a variety of productive and collaborative ways to support our mission of changing the world!

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or GED Equivalent
  • 1-2 years of experience in a Production environment is desirable
  • Experience with forklifts or heavy machinery preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office is helpful.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to transport equipment or boxes up to 50lbs is key.
  • You must be able to work outdoors and in different climate conditions.
  • As part of your duties, you will balance, ascend/descend, climb, kneel, stoop, bend, crouch, or crawl within assigned working conditions and or locations.

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1109: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US   (4/2022)

 

Temporary Greenhouse Lab Technician, Viridos

TemporaryTechnical  –  La Jolla, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1107

Some farms grow food. Ours grows fuel.

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy. We are currently looking to add a Temporary Greenhouse Technician to join our La Jolla, California team. 

A Typical Day at Viridos

  • You’ll work with a team of professionals to assist the scientific and production staff with routine laboratory tasks and functions.
  • You’ll work in the lab and in the field to collect data, calibrate sensors, maintain sensor networks, prepare reagents and chemicals, operate lab and system equipment, and be hands-on with enhanced algal strains and advanced algal growth systems.
  • Critical thinking skills are necessary. A self-motivated, detail-oriented individual will thrive in this environment.
  • Good communication skills are essential. A successful applicant will be able to follow SOPs, enter data, and maintain laboratory files. 
  • Nothing else matters without a safe environment. You will work hand in hand with our Safety Team to foster a culture where safety is non-negotiable.
  • Since Viridos values a teamworking spirit and getting the job done, your skills will be used in a variety of productive and collaborative ways to support our mission of changing the world!!
  • You strive for continuous improvement – Never Satisfied

Education and Experience 

  • HS Diploma or Associates Degree
  • 6 months to a year of experience in a research or technical laboratory is desired. If that experience happens to be in the field of algae cultivation, that’s a win!
  • Aptitude with Microsoft Office is a must. 
  • A basic understanding of the requirements for algae cultivation would lend a strong factor to consideration 

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1107: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US    (4/2022)

 

Senior Data Scientist / Data Engineer, Viridos

Full Time  –  La Jolla, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1105

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy. We are currently looking to add a Senior Data Scientist / Data Engineer to join our Sensor Network and Analytics Platform (SNAP) team.  

Responsibilities

  • Design and develop automated data processing pipelines for laboratory instruments using Python, SQL and AWS cloud technologies
  • Develop and maintain automated data availability, quality monitoring, and alerting solutions for SNAP
  • Collaborate with scientists on developing metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) for assessing the health of algal cultures based on measurements collected from laboratory instruments
  • Develop machine learning algorithms and automated statistical inference methodologies for predicting the health of algae grown at Viridos’ farm facility in the Imperial Valley
  • Use best practices for code development, optimization, and unit testing

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in a quantitative field such as Mathematics, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, or Physics
  • 5-15 years of work experience as Data Scientist, Data Engineer, Algorithm Developer or similar role
    • At least 5 years working with IoT data, traditional sensor data, or telemetry
    • At least 5 years working within a R&D or Advanced Technology organization 

Required Skills

  • Intermediate to Advanced knowledge in Python
  • Intermediate to Advanced knowledge in SQL
  • Ability to design and develop ETL and data pipelines from a variety of data sources (e.g., 3rd part application web APIs, databases, text files)
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with business and scientific leads from other organizations
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Enjoys working with all aspects of data:        analyzing, organizing, improving quality, visualizing, and algorithm development
  • Passionate about delivering high quality, data solutions to further scientific research within an algal biofuels program

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1105: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US   (4/2022)

 

Scientist – Photosynthesis, Viridos

Some farms grow food. Ours grows fuel.

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc) is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping. Building on a legacy of genomic firsts, our team of scientists and engineers are shaping new pathways toward a sustainable bioeconomy.  We are currently looking to add a Scientist to our team in La Jolla, CA.

Position Purpose:

The Scientist will apply knowledge and learnings of photophysiology with the synthetic biology tools developed at Viridos to achieve productivity and knowledge Deliverables leading to commercially viable algae for the production of fuel and chemicals.  The successful candidate will have extensive experience in photophysiology and significant exposure to microbial molecular biology, protein biochemistry, transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatic data analysis.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Scientist will work with their supervisor and team of other scientists contributing significant intellectual input into the design of experiments, employing advanced photophysiological techniques to provide in-house expertise on the light reactions of photosynthetic light reactions.
  • Carefully execute laboratory experiments, including growth of photosynthetic microbes under meticulously defined conditions, sampling and extraction of nucleic acids and proteins, including subcellular fractionation of eukaryotic algae.
  • Work closely with bioinformaticians to analyze and compare large data sets from various advanced omics experiments, summarize and present data and independently re-design further hypothesis-driven experiments exploiting extracted information.
  • Employ molecular tools to generate and characterize recombinant strains of eukaryotic algae.
  • Contribute significantly to overall success of science program(s), on-going projects, critical patents, grants, or scientific publications.
  • Instruct and provide guidance to Sr. Research Associates and Research Associates.
  • Consistently demonstrate initiative in implementing projects and/or necessary work.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Requires a Ph.D. in Phycology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, or a related field and 0-4 years of relevant postdoctoral or industrial experience.
  • Broad and detailed experience with photobiology, photosynthetic processes, and techniques for monitoring photosynthesis (chlorophyll fluorescence, gas exchange, etc).
  • Working knowledge and experience with modern nucleic acid sequence analysis and other bioinformatics tools is required.
  • Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate interactions with a highly interdisciplinary team.
  • Experience working with eukaryotic algae or other microbial photo-autotrophs is an advantage.

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1099: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US 

 

 

Postdoctoral Research Scholars, Jobs #17121, #17122, #17123 – Arizona State University’s AzCATI

Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algal Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholars. As part of multi-PI and interdisciplinary center, the Postdoc will be working in a uniquely collaborative and productive lab focused on algae biotechnology. Dr. Taylor L. Weiss’s lab leads research on algal consortia in engineered and natural environments, as well as the development of tools to better quantitate such systems to enable decision-making and improve valorization. The Postdoc will assume a leadership role in the lab, interacting with graduate and undergraduate students within the lab and as part of the Center as a whole. The Postdoc will be exposed to many research topics associated with algae research and engineering within the Food-Energy-Water Nexus and will have the opportunity to start new projects.

Priority will be given to candidates with experience working with algae, microbes, plants, bioreactor operation, metabolite analysis, biological spectroscopy, and statistical analysis as demonstrated through publications and references.  The qualified candidate is anticipated to start this spring 2022.

  • Job# 17121 – Industry Partner – Experience with plant and soil studies, especially monitoring carbon, is highly desired.  Submit application for #17121 to: http://apply.interfolio.com/100949 
  • Job# 17122 – DOE – Experience with biochemical and analytical chemistry assays as well as genetic engineering is highly desired.  Submit application for #17122 to:  http://apply.interfolio.com/100950   
  • Job # 17123 – CAP – Experience with water quality analysis and sensors is highly desired.  Submit application for #17123 to: http://apply.interfolio.com/100951  

Essential duties

  1. Project management, meeting coordination and leadership
  2. Experimental design and implementation, data analyses, and report/manuscript preparation
  3. Training and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
  4. Identifying, coordinating, and leading the writing of research proposals and seeking future funding
  5. Establishing and sustaining interactions among faculty, post-docs, and students across the Centers and the
  6. University is central to the position
  7. Coordinating among team members

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have:  a Ph.D. (within the past four years) in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Biostatistics, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or allied discipline.

Desired Qualifications

Preference for all applicants will be a strong record of practical experience with cellular and biochemical research. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Hands on experience with large datasets and data analysis and integration. Experience with mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Experience in project management, team leadership, and effective communications

Working Environment

This position requires the candidate to be capable of safe, independent research in an indoor BL-2 laboratory with hazardous chemicals, an outdoor field site (including greenhouses), and remote field sites. Operation of project-essential equipment commonly includes microscopes, spectrometers, flow cytometers, and several chromatography platforms. Significant computational work, but occasional lifting (40 lbs.) of palletized supplies.

Application Instructions

Application deadline is February 11, 2022.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.  To apply, visit the corresponding link for the position below and select “apply now”.

  • Job# 17121 – http://apply.interfolio.com/100949 
  • Job# 17122 – http://apply.interfolio.com/100950   
  • Job # 17123 – http://apply.interfolio.com/100951  

Candidates will be asked to create or use an existing Interfolio Dossier to submit the following:

  1. Cover letter and research interests. Applicants should describe experience and suitability for the position. Unlike a standard cover letter, this proposal should highlight the strengths of the applicant’s experience towards developing and implementing the proposed research.
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume.
  3. Contact information (name, email and phone) for two or three references.

This position is a full-time, fiscal appointment with a salary of $47,500 with associated university benefits.

The ASU Charter states, “ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.”  The Fulton Schools of Engineering are dedicated to continuous innovation, student success, faculty excellence, and cultivation of an environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive and promotes belonging.  The diversity statement provides applicants an opportunity to demonstrate their past and current activities in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and how future activities will align with upholding the ASU Charter.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
A background check is required for employment.

 

Benefits of Membership

Put yourself at the forefront of the algae industry, where algae products, services, and research meet the challenges of our planet’s most pressing issues today.
 
Members also benefit from:
  • A voice on ABO policy initiatives.
  • Access to members-only resources.
  • Discounted pricing to ABO events, and more!
Join Us