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

 

Customer Service / Inside Sales Representative   Cyanotech

Description Summary

This is a full-time, non-exempt position.  Provides customer service, and administrative support to the Sales and Marketing Department for both Nutrex Hawaii and Cyanotech Bulk including International Sales. This is a key position for supporting customer requirements in Order Management and Technical Support. Position functions in full compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and pertinent FDA and FTC regulatory requirements for labeling and marketing of Dietary Supplements. Position located at the Kailua Kona office.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Customer Service

  • Responsible for answering all phone calls coming into the Nutrex Hawaii and Cyanotech phone lines.
  • Manages all customer accounts and orders daily
  • Responsible for all customer support related activities including processing returns, credit memos and handling customer complaints for both Nutrex Hawaii and Cyanotech.
  • Monitors all customer support email accounts (and responds accordingly).
  • Creates SOP for order entry and updates it as needed (reviews it annually)
  • Provides training on SOP and assistance to other CSRs as needed.

Sales:

  • Processes and updates all Nutrex and Cyanotech orders (via EDI, email, fax, phone) daily to ensure orders are shipped correctly and on schedule to meet customer expectations.
  • Creates all new customer accounts, manages all customer pricing (including promotions) for new and existing accounts, ensures approval forms are completed and added to the customer file in our ERP system.
  • Responsible for lot allocation for Cyanotech Bulk Orders
  • Leads weekly order management meetings with the sales, quality and logistics teams. 
  • Uses Nutrex-Hawaii.com web platform to manage direct consumer accounts, information, and place consumer orders as well as assist them with subscription orders as necessary.
  • Fully train on all aspects of Bulk and International Order Management and supports the bulk and international sales team as needed.
  • Communicates with Bulk and International customers as needed to provide best-in-class service and grow the business.

Marketing

  • Review nutrex-hawaii.com and cyanotech.com sites quarterly and provide suggested edits to Marketing
  • Complete reporting template for nutrex-hawaii.com site monthly and provide data insights to Marketing
  • Proofread marketing copy and provide editing suggestions to Marketing
  • Utilize email platform to analyze lists and perform segmentation based upon provided guidelines
  • Create dashboard of customer comments by topic and update monthly
  • Supports process of updating marketing collateral including books, brochures, etc.
  • Project management for new and existing projects as determined by the VP of Sales & Marketing

Clerical:

  • Answers and routes telephone calls to appropriate staff members.  Screens and prioritizes calls as requested.
  • Updates, organizes, and supplies marketing materials, technical bulletins, and office forms.

Other Duties

  • Processes sample orders and tracks deliveries.
  • Provides backup support for Sales and Marketing staff as needed.
  • Accurate and timely filing of information.
  • Ensures compliance to all applicable GMPs relating to the handling of product complaints, and written records.
  • Performs other duties that may be assigned.

Physical Demands

May be required to sit for extended periods of time at a computer or talking on the telephone.  May need to lift up to 20 lbs on occasion.

Working Conditions

Work is performed primarily in an air-conditioned office environment.

Qualifications:

  • Associate or Bachelors’ Degree in business, accounting, or another related field preferred.
  • Two years or more of sales and/or customer service experience.
  • Self-starter and able to multi-task, managing a wide array of workloads.
  • Proficiency in using PC-based applications, including MS Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Proficiency in math and analytical aptitude.
  • Experience using copier, scanners, and other standard office equipment.
  • Excellent verbal, written and telephone communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills, including time management, multi-tasking and project management.
  • Scientific background helpful but not required.
  • Aggressive “sales attitude” necessary.
  • Able to perform the essential job responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.

To apply and for more information:  https://www.cyanotech.com/join-our-team/                (10/2022)

 

Research Assistant in Microalgae Cultivation     University of Colorado, Boulder

Location:  College of Engineering & Applied Science, Boulder, Colorado

The Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a highly motivated and independent scholar with training and deep expertise the areas of microalgae cultivation and scale-up. The research assistant will oversee the installation and operation of laboratory-scale photobioreactor systems and design and conduct coccolithophore microalgae growth optimization experiments. The research assistant will be expected to contribute to enhancing the vision and mission of a vibrant, cross-disciplinary collaborative research team at the University of Colorado Boulder at the intersection of microbiology, cement chemistry, materials science, and civil and architectural engineering. 

Who We Are

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Program invites applications for a research assistant position in the Living Materials Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Wil Srubar. In concert with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the United States Geological Survey, which are also located in the area, the University of Colorado provides an outstanding, world-class environment for conducting advanced materials science research at the bleeding edge.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Oversee the installation and operation of a 100-1000 L photobioreactor system.
  • Design and conduct coccolithophore microalgae growth experiments in support of project goals and milestones.
  • Design and conduct fundamental biological experiments in support of project goals and milestones.
  • Assist with the design and execution of alternative cement-based materials science/materials characterization experiments in support of project goals and milestones.
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse, interdisciplinary team of graduate students and research scientists, internal and external to the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze data for publication in high-quality scientific journals.
  • Prepare visual media for scientific and technical audiences.
  • Participate in innovation and entrepreneurship training programs, conferences, and workshops.
  • Interface with public and private funding agencies and industrial partners, as appropriate.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary range associated with this position is $60,000 to $90,000.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

What We Require

  • A M.S. or Ph.D. in biological engineering, environmental engineering, or a related field.
  • 2-5 years of relevant industrial experience in scaling microalgae cultivation from the benchtop to industrial-scale production.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent technical writing skills, as evidenced by multiple high-quality peer-reviewed publications.
  • An ability to work independently in an exciting, high-paced environment and possess a strong passion for (and commitment to) sustainability and interdisciplinary research.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A strong interest in innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • An expertise and/or interest in coccolithophore microalgae cultivation is highly desired.
  • More than 5 years of relevant industrial experience in scaling microalgae cultivation from the benchtop to industrial-scale production .

For more information and for consideration, please apply by October 10, 2022 through CU Boulder Jobs.     10/2022

AX Cultivation Lab Technician      Cyanotech Corporation

Description Summary
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Responsible for a variety of duties related to operating, maintaining and cleaning microalgae systems and equipment. Also monitors culture health and determines harvest schedules. Position requires extensive attention to detail, adherence to SOPs, documentation and recordkeeping. Employees in this position will work a designated schedule including weekends and holidays.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This is not a supervisory position.

Essential Job Responsibilities
• Operates a variety of systems in the cultivation of algae (Haematococcus) including, algae columns, ponds and photo-bioreactor systems.
• Assists with flask and carboy systems.
• Maintains clean cultures, and adheres to clean culture SOPs.
• Provides sufficient inoculum for all incremental production stages.
• Prepares nutrient and trace stock solutions.
• Maintains inventory of all nutrient and chemicals ensuring that all items are in stock and ready for use or on order.
• Cleans culture systems and sanitizes chemically and/or with steam/autoclave.
• Maintains systems database.
• Analyzes pond nutrient data and recommendations for nutrient additions.
• Monitors algae culture health.
• Monitors algae harvesting in coordination with Haematococcus Production Manager.
• Identifies problems and recommends solutions.
• Updates production protocols related to cultivation.

Other Duties
• Reviews, revises and validates SOPs and other GMP documentation.
• Conducts Quality Control functions as needed and trained.
• Performs other duties that may be assigned.

Physical Demands
This position requires the ability to work outdoors in the sun, with extensive walking on uneven ground, climbing platform ladders, and lifting up to 50 lbs. This is a physically demanding position.

Working Conditions
The majority of the work is performed outside, in a sunny, hot climate. Protection from sun exposure may be required. The daily duties may also include working in wet, slippery areas such as in ponds. Standing and working at a lab bench for long periods of time may also be required.

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture, Biology, Botany, Marine Science or other relevant discipline with experience in algal production, aquaculture or farming is preferred.
• Must have a valid driver’s license to be certified to operate forklifts, Sky Trak, and tractors.
• Previous experience in lab and microalgae cultivation techniques preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and cooperatively in a fast-paced farming/production environment.
• Proficiency with PC-based computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as attention to detail.
• Ability to multi-task and adapt to changes in work assignments.
• Able to work independently as well as part of a team.
• Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
• Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

To apply and for more information:  https://www.cyanotech.com/join-our-team/                (9/2022)

 

Extraction Manager      Cyanotech Corporation

Description Summary
This is a full-time, exempt position. Responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of Extraction, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Ensures efficient, cost effective production of quality products. Works closely with all departments to ensure good communication and coordination of activities.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Extraction Operators
*This position is a member of the Executive Team

Essential Job Responsibilities
• Oversees staffing, training, cross-training and scheduling for all shifts to meet production requirements.
• Coordinates with Materials Control to meet production requirements.
• Organize spare parts and evaluate inventory levels.
• Create SOPs, training programs, and evaluation schedules for all extraction employees.
• Drives increased yields and operational efficiencies.
• Oversees and ensures that all aspects of extraction meet quality standards and follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
• Ensures that extraction buildings and equipment are maintained to meet health standards and product quality.
• Oversees and ensures that data is gathered, logged and maintained as required.
• Plans production for most efficient use of personnel and equipment.
• Responsible for all personnel activities, including timely performance appraisals, new hires, promotions, timekeeping, timely disciplinary actions.
• Communicates regularly with VP of Operations, Quality Control, Materials, Repair and Maintenance, and Sales to ensure effective coordination of activities to meet customer demands.
• Collaborate on engineering needs throughout the complex.
• Evaluation and advisement on computer control systems.

Other Duties
• Coordinates production and compliance projects.
• Conducts weekly meetings with Extraction staff.
• Complies with GMP and safety guidelines in all work duties.
• Maintains a safe working environment and is a member of the Safety Team.
• Ensures that department goals are aligned with Corporate Goals and Values.
• Encourages staff contributions for continual improvement of facilities and practices.
• Responsible for staff training and development.
• Performs other duties that may be assigned.

Physical Demands
This position requires heavy physical activity including walking, climbing, reaching, bending, twisting, kneeling and stooping. May be required to lift up to 60 pounds on an occasional basis. (Assisted-lifting is required for heavy items in accordance with OSHA guidelines.)

Working Conditions
Work is split between a humid processing area and an air-conditioned office.

Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree is required, preferably in Food Sciences, Food Engineering, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering or other relevant field.
• Five to seven years in a supervisory role at a food production or agricultural facility.
• Strong leadership ability.
• Excellent verbal, written, communication and problem-solving skills.
• Proficiency in math and an analytical aptitude.
• Excellent organizational and administrative skills, including time management, multi-tasking and project management.
• Proficiency in PC-based computer applications including Microsoft Word and Excel. Ability to learn and effectively use NAV ERP system.
• Able to manage people effectively and to communicate with all levels of the organization.
• Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

To apply and for more information:  https://www.cyanotech.com/join-our-team/                (9/2022)

 

R&D Field Technician     Cyanotech Corporation     

Location:  Kailua-Kona, Hawaii    This is a temporary (1 year funding available), full-time, hourly, non-supervisory position.
Cyanotech Corporation is a world leader in microalgae technology, producing BioAstin® and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica® and an essential business.

The Research Field Tech-Contract Research is responsible for conducting algal research and developmental activities as directed by the Director of Applied Research. The primary responsibility will be to manage algal cultivation at intermediate and large (90,000 L) pond scales in support of a grant to investigate use of carbon dioxide captured from the atmosphere in algal mass culture. The individual will work with the Director of Applied Research, other members of Cyanotech staff, and other participants in the grant to prepare the culture, and to monitor the performance of the culture before and during the operation of the device used to capture the carbon dioxide from air.

Essential Job Responsibilities

• Assists Director of Applied Research and his designates in identifying, prioritizing, designing, and implementing cultivation procedures and research projects that are within the scope of the funded project, with emphasis on algal cultivation in 90,000 L ponds. At least 50% of time will be spent outdoors, working with the ponds and the equipment needed to run them, including forklift and truck operation.
• Prepares Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other documentation as appropriate for the methods developed within the scope of this project.
• Ensures lab and production-facility readiness as appropriate:
o Identifies need for, and ensures ordering of, chemicals and other supplies.
o Maintains work areas and equipment in an operational, clean and safe condition.
• Provides samples for chemical analyses and other assays of algae/algal projects and conducts such assays as
appropriate.
• Keeps a comprehensive lab book and digital data log to facilitate good research project management.
• Works effectively with other personnel engaged in the research, as well as with other R&D staff.

Other Duties
• Performs all necessary tasks as directed by the supervisor.
• Complies with GMP and safety guidelines in all work duties. Helps maintain a safe workspace.
• Presents regular verbal progress reports on research projects to the Director of Applied Research and peers. Creates
written summaries of reports and research as appropriate, by request of the Director of Applied Research.
• Performs other duties that may be assigned.

Physical Demands
This position requires standing, working outdoors with ponds, pond infrastructure, and related equipment, as well as occasional work at a lab bench and at a computer. Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces safely and climb tall platform ladders. May include occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.

Working Conditions
The work is performed inside under laboratory conditions, and outside in a sunny warm climate. Position requires some handling of chemicals, with appropriate personal protective equipment. Protection from sun exposure may be required.

Qualifications
• Two or more years of algal laboratory experience is preferred
• Two or more years of large-scale algal production/aquaculture experience preferred.
• Ability to work efficiently and cooperatively in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
• Proficiency in PC-based computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
• Strong problem-solving aptitude.
• Ability to multi-task and adapt to changes in work assignments.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
• Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills, as well as analytical testing skills.
• Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

To apply and for more information:  https://www.cyanotech.com/join-our-team/                (9/2022)

 

R&D Specialist     Cyanotech Corporation     

Location:  Kailua-Kona, Hawaii    This is a temporary (1 year funding available), full-time, hourly, non-supervisory position.
Cyanotech Corporation is a world leader in microalgae technology, producing BioAstin® and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica® and an essential business.

Description Summary
The Research Specialist/Contract responsibilities include conducting algal cultivation research in house and under any of the grants to which Cyanotech Corporation has been awarded. The individual reports to Cyanotech’s Director of Applied Research. The individual is responsible for growing algae at laboratory and minipond scales; collecting and interpreting growth and algal quality data as required by the research; processing samples of various types from the cultures and preparing/shipping them for analysis by internal and external providers as required; identifying, isolating, and performing analyses on eukaryotic pests and weeds that appear in the cultures; participating in regularly-scheduled conference calls and other communications related to the research; preparing and submitting regular reports to the research team and to others within and external to Cyanotech Corporation as required; assisting the Director of Applied Research in maintaining inventory of supplies, and preparing formal and informal reports of investigations for internal and external use, including scientific publication of grant-funded research.

Essential Job Responsibilities
• Maintains inventory of materials required for research activities by R&D; works with the Director of Applied Research to ensure that stocks are procured as required and in a timely manner.
• Maintains laboratory stock cultures of algae, including source stocks for production cultures and stocks of algae used in research, and also elements of the microbial community associated with algal cultures that are under investigation.
• Performs work required to rear algae at intermediate scale (miniponds, photobioreactors, and similar culture vessels), including media preparation, scaling of laboratory cultures to appropriate volume for intermediate-scale inoculation, preparing the intermediate-scale vessels to receive culture, and maintaining those vessels.
• Samples cultures on a regular basis, and conducts analyses on those samples (e.g., density, growth rate, ash-free dry weight, photosynthetic efficiency, quality parameters) as required.
• Prepares samples for research by other laboratories (e.g., for metagenomic analyses of pond content) as required, and sends these out in a regular and timely manner.
• Works with the Director of Applied Research to assemble teams to accomplish the above tasks as and when needed.
• Learns to recognize eukaryotic pests and weeds, isolates these contaminants into culture when feasible, and conducts microscopic and DNA-based procedures to identify and characterize them, and assess their impacts on the algae assigned.
• Keeps impeccable and secure laboratory notes; shares these notes as appropriate with the Director of Applied Research and with project team members.
• Communicates regularly with team members, and with other stakeholders as required by individual projects and as advised by the Director of Applied Research.
• Prepares reports to be shared among team members and others, as above. In the case of externally funded research projects, assists the Director of Applied Research with reports and presentations, and attends meetings sponsored by the funder.
• Works effectively with other personnel in the R&D Department.

Other Duties
• Complies with GMP and safety guidelines in all work duties. Helps maintain a safe laboratory.
• Performs all necessary tasks as directed by the supervisor. Works with the Director of Applied Research to ensure that tasks associated with Cyanotech’s core mission, and tasks that are externally funded, are charged to the appropriate budgets.
• Performs other duties that may be assigned, under the condition described above.

Physical Demands
This position requires standing and working at a lab bench as well as sitting at a computer. Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces safely and climb tall platform ladders. May include occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.

Working Conditions
The work is performed inside under laboratory conditions, and outside in a sunny warm climate. Position requires some handling of chemicals, with appropriate personal protective equipment. Protection from sun exposure may be required.

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, Marine Science or relevant discipline.
• Two or more years of lab experience and/or experience in algal production or aquaculture. Experience with molecular biology (DNA) theory and techniques desirable.
• Ability to work efficiently, cooperatively, and with strong personal integrity in a fast-paced manufacturing environment that has proprietary information to safeguard.
• Proficiency in math and PC-based computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
• Strong math and statistics skills.
• Strong problem-solving aptitude.
• Ability to multi-task and adapt to changes in work assignments.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
• Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills, as well as analytical testing skills.
• Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

To apply and for more information:  https://www.cyanotech.com/join-our-team/                (9/2022)

 

Full-Time Postdoctoral Researcher     Scripps Institution of Oceanography / UC San Diego

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO, http://scripps.ucsd.edu) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher to help lead and coordinate an interdisciplinary research team focused on the topic of Kelp Carbon Cycling and Sequestration Potential. 

 The ideal candidate will have experience in more than one of the following categories roughly ranked in priority from top to bottom: 

1) Phycology including kelp forest biology, ecology and/or ecophysiology 

2) Seawater carbon chemistry/carbon flux (organic or inorganic) 

3) Sediment geochemistry 

4) Remote sensing 

5) Coastal oceanography 

6) Marine resource policy & economics 

The incumbent will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to summarize the literature on how to measure carbon flux and sequestration in natural or restored kelp forest systems. Initially the project will focus on Macrocystis dominated habitats but may expand into other systems. The team will then work to develop and field test a set of methods to evaluate the potential (or lack thereof) for carbon sequestration (e.g., blue carbon value) by natural kelp forests on annual cycles. A priority is to inform science-based kelp forest restoration and conservation, while simultaneously understanding their value for achieving carbon dioxide uptake from the ocean-atmosphere system. 

We seek a motivated, broadly thinking scientist to coordinate a diverse working group studying kelp forest carbon sequestration potential. In addition to this leadership role, intellectual contributions to proposal development, data collection and analysis, and experience in field sample collection are required. We are interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in research as well as ocean policy and resource economics. We anticipate hiring at the Postdoctoral level but other qualified candidates may be considered. The position will be initially for one year with the possibility of extension for two additional years. 

The position requires a Ph.D., in a relevant field, at the time of application, and candidates should have a competitive record of publication. Salary will depend on experience and be based on UCSD pay scales. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and list of references as a single PDF to smithj@ucsd.edu  Applications will be reviewed once received but for full consideration, please apply by Nov 1, 2022. 

SIO is a world-renowned center of marine research with approximately 200 principal investigators leading research programs on all aspects of earth, ocean, biological and atmospheric sciences. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu).   9/2022

 

Tenure-track or Tenured Faculty Position in Algae Biotechnology & Energy/Water Futures     

Arizona State University / Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering     Location:  Tempe Campus or Polytechnic Campus      Link: https://apply.interfolio.com/111866 

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE) seek applicants for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in the area of Algae Biotechnology and Energy/Water Futures. SEBE one of the seven Fulton Schools, houses a vibrant civil and bio-inspired engineering research community (Learn more at https://research.engineering.asu.edu/). We seek applicants who complement our abilities in these areas to solve grand challenges as part of a community of experts.

Successful applicants will have an affiliation with the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) laboratories and outdoor cultivation testbed located at the ASU Polytechnic Campus. AzCATI is a major ASU asset closely affiliated with SEBE. AzCATI scientists develop and utilize algae technology to produce renewable energy, food, feed and other valuable products, while performing environmental services such as wastewater treatment to support resource recovery for a more sustainable future.

Applicants with microalgal experience with any of the following are encouraged to apply:

  • synthetic biology and metabolic engineering
  • plant growth stimulants and bioactive secondary co-products
  • carbon concentration systems
  • novel cultivation systems and biorefinery concepts
  • ecology and crop protection
  • systems biology/biochemical characterizations
  • bio-manufacturing

We seek applicants who will contribute to our academic programs, promote transdisciplinary teaching and research, and help the University to achieve its aspirations, including enabling student success, transforming society, valuing entrepreneurship and conducting use-inspired research. Faculty members in the Fulton Schools are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, adopt effective pedagogical practices in the development and delivery of graduate and undergraduate courses in their respective Fulton Engineering School, advise both undergraduate and graduate student research and projects, and undertake service activities. 

This search is part of ASU’s engagement with the Arizona’s New Economy Initiative (NEI), a bold effort to ensure that Arizona leads the new economy that will rely on engineering, computing, and technology to drive sustainable growth, resilience, and opportunities for all. NEI investments in the Fulton Schools of Engineering will grow our world class faculty to accelerate research outcomes and to broaden student access to our programs; will establish Science and Technology Centers to foster the growth of new economy Industries; and will expand experiential learning and workforce training opportunities.

Appointment will be at an open rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments, beginning August 2023.  Although the tenure home may be in any of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment is currently the most involved in the interest of this research.

Qualifications

Required qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Engineering or Life Sciences discipline relevant to algae biotechnology or related discipline by the time of appointment
  • Evidence of excellence in research, as appropriate to the candidate’s rank; and
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching, as appropriate to the candidate’s rank
  • Desired qualifications:  
  • Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach to research and teaching

Application Instructions  

 Review of applications will commence Oct. 15, 2022 and 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 https://hiring.engineering.asu.edu/ and select “apply now” next to the corresponding position.  Candidates will be asked to create or use an existing Interfolio Dossier to submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement describing research interests (two pages maximum)
  • Statement describing teaching interests and philosophy (two pages maximum)
  • Statement describing commitment and approaches to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging*
  • Contact information for three references

For additional information regarding position specifics, please contact the search committee chair, Professor Peter Lammers, via email at Peter.Lammers@asu.edu.

 

Professor/Associate Professor in Synthetic Biology    Nord University

Job:  227997     Full time / Permanent     Location:  Bodø       Application Deadline:  October 2, 2022

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.  In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.  Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

The position is linked to the new research division ‘Algal and Microbial Biotechnology’ (AMBiome), which was established to foster research and education that contributes to the development of ‘blue bioeconomy’ in the region. This move is concurrent with the justifiable utilization of marine resources and is aligned with the sustainable development goal 14 of the UN. The division conducts research on macroalgae, microalgae and other microorganisms, covering their evolutionary adaptation and exploring their biological mechanisms that enable them  to thrive in harsh and rapidly evolving Arctic environmental conditions. The division has a strong focus on applied research employing biotechnological approaches to tap into the potential of the aforementioned organisms for nutritional and nutraceutical purposes, for bioremediation, and for developing circular processes needed for maximum utilization of various ‘blue-bio resources’.

As a full Professor/ Associate Professor in Synthetic Biology connected with the AMBiome Division, the appointee must participate in interdisciplinary research and teaching relevant to the profile of the division, particularly towards a biotechnology programme, besides contributing to the overall development of the division and faculty. We are looking for a well-qualified, highly skilled, and ambitious person who employs synthetic biology for both fundamental and applied science investigations aimed at taking biotechnology research in the areas indicated to the next generation level.

For additional information, full duties and responsibilities and to apply for the position: 

https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/227997/professor-associate-professor-in-synthetic-biology-for-algal-microbial-biotechnology 

  • Professor Kiron Viswanath, kiron.viswanath@nord.no, tlf +47 75 51 73 99                                                                                                       (9/2022)

 

Professor/Associate Professor in Natural Product Chemistry    Nord University

Job:  228010     Full time / Permanent     Location:  Bodø       Application Deadline:  October 2, 2022

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.  In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.  Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

The position is linked to the new research division ‘Algal and Microbial Biotechnology’ (AMBiome), which was established to foster research and education that contributes to the development of ‘blue bioeconomy’ in the region. This move is concurrent with the justifiable utilization of marine resources and is aligned with the sustainable development goal 14 of the UN. The division conducts research on macroalgae, microalgae and other microorganisms, covering their evolutionary adaptation and exploring their biological mechanisms that enable them  to thrive in harsh and rapidly evolving Arctic environmental conditions. The division has a strong focus on applied research employing biotechnological approaches to tap into the potential of the aforementioned organisms for nutritional and nutraceutical purposes, for bioremediation, and for developing circular processes needed for maximum utilization of various ‘blue-bio resources’.

As a full Professor/ Associate Professor in Algal Biochemistry associated with the AMBiome Division, the appointee must participate in interdisciplinary research and teaching relevant to the profile of the division, particularly towards a biotechnology programme, apart from contributing to the overall development of the division and faculty. We are seeking a well-qualified, highly skilled and ambitious person with expertise in natural product chemistry related to algae and/or microbes, for both fundamental and applied science, aimed at describing the potential of bioactive molecules.

For additional information, full duties and responsibilities and to apply for the position: 

https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/227997/professor-associate-professor-in-synthetic-biology-for-algal-microbial-biotechnology 

Or by contacting :

  • Professor Kiron Viswanath, kiron.viswanath@nord.no, tlf +47 75 51 73 99                                                                                                       (9/2022)

 

Senior Data Analyst     Viridos

Full Time

La Jolla, CA, US – Requisition ID: 1123

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 Analyst to join our Sensor Network and Analytics Platform (SNAP) team.  

Responsibilities

  • Manage data collection and data quality assessments for agronomy trials of novel algal strains
  • Interpret data, analyze results using statistical techniques and provide ongoing reports
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets
  • Research and implement new key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of new algal strains and outdoor cultivation techniques 
  • Acquire data from primary or secondary data sources and develop data requirements for automating ingestion and processing

Qualifications

  • Masters or PhD in Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, or similar field
  • 7+ years of professional work experience in an analytics position in academia, government or industry

Key Skills

  • Advanced knowledge with the ability to complete statistical analysis & modeling in one of the following:  Matlab, R, SAS, JMP, or Python
  • Beginning to intermediate knowledge of SQL with ability to increase proficiency to an advanced level
  • Ability to use dashboarding technologies (e.g., Tableau, Qlik, PowerBI) to provide consumer-ready insights and reporting 
  • Experience sharing statistical results through formal reports (e.g., conference presentations, publications, government reports, grant proposals)
  • Proactive problem solving and analytical reasoning skills
  • Enjoys working all aspects of data analysis: analyzing, organizing, improving quality and reporting

Desired Skills

  • Experience working as data analyst or statistician on clinical trials, agronomy trials, or other large scale scientific studies
  • Intermediate knowledge of Python
  • Working knowledge of database architecture, data modeling, and AWS ecosystem

Please apply directly on our website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US   (08/2022)

 

R&D Director   Volta Greentech

Volta Greentech is a young and purpose driven company that fights climate change with seaweed. Founded in early 2019 in Sweden with a research lab in Stockholm and an ever expanding land-based seaweed cultivation facility in Lysekil. Our mission is to fight climate change by curbing the massive methane emissions from cattle by adding our seaweed to their feed. We are well on our way to become the largest producer of anti-methanogenic macro algae in the world. 

Our R&D team is expanding!  Volta Greentech has an immediate opening for an R&D Director position to join the R&D team focusing on macroalgal biology, cultivation, and secondary metabolites research projects.

What We Expect from the Successful Candidate:

  • Willingness to work in a dynamic start-up environment, being part of a fast-growing company.
  • Lead one or several major R&D programs in macroalgal biology and growth
  • Set the strategy for the R&D program and work closely with other relevant leaders in the Product and Engineering workstreams
  • Responsible for budget and resources needed for the R&D program and allocation between the projects in the program
  • Hiring manager and leader of a team of research scientists, research engineers, and consultants, responsible for team performance and helping team members grow
  • Very strong scientific background and actively doing research together with their program team
  • Write reports on research activities, literature review, conduct data processing and statistical analysis, and present research findings in various settings
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic start-up environment, being part of a fast-growing company.

Required Qualifications:

  • Relevant Ph.D. with postdoctoral and/or industry research experience in algal science and technologies
  • Excellent knowledge algal biology, cultivation technologies, and/or algal secondary metabolites production.
  • Excellent ability to initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Very clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates strong judgment and problem-solving competencies
  • Excellent ability to lead strategic research programs with budget management
  • Knowledge of managing teams and expert ability to lead and motivate a team for optimum performance
  • Strong analytical and technical writing skills (procedures, protocols, and reports)
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, constructively and convincingly in small and large group settings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in macroalgal biology or biotechnology, ideally on red seaweed growth and secondary metabolites formation
  • In depth knowledge of photobioreactor design and large-scale cultivation systems for macroalgae
  • Working knowledge in marine biology and ecology, ideally of the effects of biotic and abiotic factors on seaweed, interactions with other species and parasites
  • Working knowledge of the metabolomics of photosynthetic organisms, ideally of halogenated analog metabolite secretion, and primary carbon and nitrogen assimilation biochemical and metabolic pathways
  • Analytical method development skills for monitoring of secondary metabolites and biomass compositional changes in macroalgae

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact info of two references to careers@voltagreentech.com. References will be contacted only after the candidate has been interviewed and selected for further evaluation. The selected candidate will be appointed for a six-month probation period and be offered a long-term position if concluded with satisfaction. Applications are to be reviewed immediately with starting date negotiable.  (8/2022)

Research Assistant   Volta Greentech

Volta Greentech is a young and purpose driven company that fights climate change with seaweed. Founded in early 2019 in Sweden with a research lab in Stockholm and an ever expanding land-based seaweed cultivation facility in Lysekil. Our mission is to fight climate change by curbing the massive methane emissions from cattle by adding our seaweed to their feed. We are well on our way to become the largest producer of anti-methanogenic macro algae in the world. 

Our R&D team is expanding!  Volta Greentech has an immediate opening for an R&D Director position to join the R&D team focusing on macroalgal biology, cultivation, and secondary metabolites research projects.

What We Expect from the Successful Candidate:

  • Support the R&D Projects on macroalgae by running experiments and collecting data
  • Cultivate macroalgae and maintain lab equipment
  • Conduct water analysis and freeze-drying of seaweed biomass
  • Assist in data processing and reports writing, and collect relevant literature

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or master’s degree in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, environmental sciences or equivalent with significant lab experience
  • Prior experience with algal culturing or similar
  • Good team-working spirit
  • Ability to communicate at ease in English
  • Computer skills in MS Office and Google suites (documents, spreadsheets)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree on algal biology or biotechnology
  • Experience in photobioreactors, microscopy, water analysis, and/or freeze-drying

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact info of two references to careers@voltagreentech.com. References will be contacted only after the candidate has been interviewed and selected for further evaluation. The selected candidate will be appointed for a six-month probation period and be offered a long-term position if concluded with satisfaction. Applications are to be reviewed immediately with starting date negotiable.  (8/2022)

 

Temporary Greenhouse Lab Technician   Viridos

Temporary – 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. 

 *Shifts: Sunday through Thursday or Tuesday through Saturday. 

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 https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US

(7/2022)

 

Research Scientist – Algae Biology  Living Carbon  

Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to responsibly rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle using the inherent power of plants. We believe that gigaton scale CO2 drawdown will only happen if solutions are both beneficial to the environment and profitable to landowners. We’ve developed a proof of concept photosynthesis-enhanced seedling and are working on scaling our production lab and commercializing our technology. We’re backed by some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley including Felicis Ventures, YCombinator, and Chris Sacca of LowerCarbon Capital.

If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we’d love to hear from you.

Your role:

We are seeking a creative and detail-oriented individual who’s excited to be part of a mission-driven early stage company. As Research Scientist, you will work as a part of a small team to pioneer bioengineering of algae for sporopollenin production. Responsibilities include algal species scouting, acquisition, lab-scale culture, bioprospecting, genetic manipulation, and scale-up culture preparation. The successful candidate will be both a strong lab-based individual contributor and a team player who works well with other scientists. The candidate will contribute to key discovery studies which will have a direct impact on the success of our biotech programs to advance company goals.

Your responsibilities:

  • Determine species selection criteria based on project needs; Select and acquire a list of algal species for lab evaluation 
  • Adapt and develop culture conditions for various algal species at lab scale
  • Develop assay protocols with high throughput capability for species screening
  • Design and implement HTP bioscreening experimentations 
  • Prepare algal cultures for molecular, biochemical, genomics, and metabolic analysis
  • Working with mass spec scientists to establish baseline sporopollenin concentration in A. protothecoides
  • Provide lab results that demonstrate ability to express active enzymes of the sporopollenin synthesis pathway in algae in vitro 
  • May perform transformations of algal cells using biolistics, electroporation, injections, or Agrobacterium vectors, and screen for transformants 
  • Make algae media stocks and solutions, including artificial seawater
  • Maintain algae biomaterials, freezer storage, and responsibly dispose of algal waste

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in plant biology, microbiology, algal biology, or a related field with 0-2 years of industry experience, or Masters with 5+ years algae related experience, or Bachelor’s with 7+ years of algal experience
  • Expertise knowledge of algal species and classification is desired
  • Hands-on experience with algae culture and transformation is required
  • Experience with algae bioassays is highly desirable
  • Experience and understanding of high throughput assay is desirable
  • Previous experience with algal genetics and algal molecular biology is preferred but not required

Living Carbon PBC offers competitive compensation, and generous healthcare, dental and vision insurance.

Living Carbon PBC is an equal opportunity employer.

We believe the best solutions to climate change are created by diverse teams. Living Carbon is focused on building a multicultural and inclusive team with strong representation from the many diverse communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. As a public benefit corporation, ensuring solutions to slow climate change are widely distributed to all peoples is critical to the success of our mission. 

To Apply Now:  https://boards.greenhouse.io/livingcarbon/jobs/4039497005#app  (7/2022)

 

Senior Aquaculture Technician or Junior Scientists  Cawthron Institute

We’re looking for a new person to join our team to help with exciting seaweed research at our Aquaculture Park at the Cawthron Institute in Nelson, New Zealand.  This is a full-time permanent role working 37.5 hours per week.

Cawthron Institute is New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation. Established over 100 years ago, our world-class science supports the growth of primary industries and the protection of the marine and freshwater environments. Our people give us a unique edge in delivering for a better future, with a diverse workforce of around 300 people from 35 different countries.

 Job Description

We’re seeking applications for either a Senior Aquaculture Technician or Junior Scientist to support our research projects with seaweed and algae. You will be assisting with field work, experimental setup and maintenance, assistance with laboratory and experimental seaweed hatchery and nursery systems, data and sample collection and handling. This will involve the husbandry of algae including seaweed and possibly also assisting others with shellfish, broodstock, spat and finfish.

 Desired Skills and Experience

We’re looking for someone with either technical practical experience in a seaweed hatchery and/or nursery setting and/or marine farming, or academic training in aspects of the same. You must have a minimum of a MSc, or equivalent, or sufficient level of experience. You will have good biosecurity practices, and ideally trained in sample collection techniques, practical ability and experience with recirculated aquaculture systems would be an advantage.

Why work for us?

At Cawthron, we make sure our employees are well-looked after. We are a living wage employer, and in addition, offer life and income protection insurance benefits.

Come work in a positive and supportive environment where you will be a valued team member based at our Aquaculture Park just outside of Nelson, but also working in the field and on marine farms in the nearby Marlborough Sounds. The Cawthron Aquaculture Park is a busy stimulating environment where multiple research and commercial projects on a variety of aquaculture species occurs. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in Cawthron-wide workplace events; ranging from science talks to cultural, social and wellness events, including as our annual flagship summer RACE (Rewarding Active Cawthron Employees), charity fundraisers, and other fun events.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply by 4th July 2022 with your CV and a Cover letter. A full role description for the role is available at: Senior Aquaculture Tech RD and enquiries can be directed to recruitment@cawthron.org.nz.  Applications can be submitted at:  https://cawthron.elmotalent.co.nz/careers/careers/job/view/22   

This is a full-time permanent role working 37.5 hours per week and based at our Aquaculture Park in Glenduan, Nelson, New Zealand. 

Note: We may conduct some pre-employment checks, including but not limited to; verification of qualifications, eligibility to work in New Zealand, and background police checks.  (6/2022)

 

Senior Data Engineer   Viridos

La Jolla, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1121

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 Engineer to join our Sensor Network and Analytics Platform (SNAP) team. 

Responsibilities

  • Design and develop automated data processing pipelines for laboratory and commercial farming datasets using Python, SQL and AWS cloud technologies
  • Implement data models, database schemas, data structures and processing logic to support automated insights
  • Collaborate with data scientists and other stakeholders to define SLAs for data availability, quality, usability, and correctness
  • Develop and maintain automated data availability, quality monitoring, and alerting solutions for SNAP
  • Manage concurrent requests from multiple research teams and strategically, prioritize when necessary

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics
  • 5-10 years of work experience as a Data Engineer, Software Engineer, or similar role
    • At least 3 years working with IoT data, traditional sensor data, or telemetry
    • At least 3 years working within a scientific or research and development organization

Required Skills

  • Intermediate to Advanced knowledge in Python
  • Intermediate to Advanced knowledge in SQL
  • Working knowledge of database architecture, data modeling, workload management, and AWS ecosystem
  • Ability to design and develop ETL and data pipelines from a variety of data sources (e.g., 3rd party 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

Desired Skills

  • Experience working with laboratory information management systems (LIMS)
  • Experience with Google Cloud Products (e.g., Big Query)

Please apply directly on our website Requisition #1121: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US   (6/2022)

 

Research Associate II, Seed Scale Up,  Viridos

La Jolla, CA, US  –  Requisition ID: 1119

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 II to support work both at our La Jolla and Calipatria facilities.

Under the direction of the Production Scientist, the RA IIwill 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 #1119: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=b1257179-e0e3-4240-87ad-8bc2cd5e855e&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US   (6/2022)

 

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.  

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