Careers in Algae
Is your company or organization seeking a new employee? The Algae Biomass Organization 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lab Manager – Gross-Wen Technologies
Gross-Wen Technologies uses its patented revolving algal biofilm system (RAB), to cost-effectively and sustainability recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from the environment. GWN is developing high quality products and technologies for human food and nutrition. GWT is not afraid of failing in the pursuit of innovative and unorthodox solutions in the water, algae and sustainability industries. We strive to have a company culture that is inviting and curating of teamwork, honesty, collaboration, and enjoyable place to work. GWT displays grit in its aspirations for constant improvement.
Location: Biocentury Research Farm: 1327 U Avenue, Boone, IA 50036
Terms: Salaried – Exempt
This role focuses on the successful execution of R&D projects & maintaining our wastewater analytical lab. Its main function entails executing the hands portion of experiments and maintaining the wastewater lab integrity. The Lab Manager will take an active role in understanding all the work needed to be accomplished in an experiment and reporting the results clearly and accurately. This role will collaborate closely with other R&D staff for brainstorming, troubleshooting and problem solving.
• Maintain specific algae seed cultures in plate, flask, photobioreactor and RAB lab/pilot scale
• Collect and record prevalent data for given experiment
• Coordinate with R&D team on troubleshooting experiments
• Execute specific task/experiments outlined in weekly grant meetings
• Administrative tasks on grant applications
• Ensuring the analytical lab is fully stocked on necessary supplies
• Supervision of Lab Technician to complete sample analysis, media preparation and other tasks at a high quality.
• Assisting in fermentation projects
• Hands on execution of downstream processes including blending, drying, pasteurizing, UV treatment and sample evaluation, etc.
• Sample storage and coordinating with third party labs
• Stability and packaging studies
• Active role in weekly meeting and discussions
• Collecting and reporting results
• Support with literature searches and background data required for work assignments
• Bachelor’s degree in food science, process engineering, biology, chemistry, microbiology or other science related fields.
• Strong communication skills
• Previous Lab experience
• Experience with algae or fermentation
• Experience with wastewater
Send resumes directly to Max@gross-wen.com.
Research Specialist – Contracted Work
Cyanotech Corporation is a world leader in microalgae technology, producing BioAstin® and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica®, and classified an “essential business.”
This is a full-time, limited-term, non-exempt position that will be employed through a contract staffing agency. The principal job responsibility is to conduct algal cultivation research funded by, and under the terms of, a grant to Cyanotech Corporation by the US Department of Energy (the “OSPREY” project; https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2019/09/f67/2029-1657_New_Mexico_Consortium_Summary.pdf).
The individual reports to Cyanotech’s Director of Applied Research. The individual is responsible for growing the alga, Nannochloropsis, at laboratory and minipond scales at the Cyanotech Innovation Center; collecting and interpreting growth and algal quality data on a scheduled basis; processing samples of various types from the cultures and shipping them to other participants in the grant for analysis; 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; assisting the Director of Applied Research in preparing formal reports and scientific publications. The position is available for a maximum of three years from July 2020, contingent on continued funding from the grantor.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Maintains laboratory stock cultures of the experimental alga Nannochloropsis.
- Performs work required to rear Nannochloropsis in 200L miniponds at the Cyanotech Innovation Center, including media preparation, scaling of laboratory culture to appropriate volume for pond inoculation, preparing ponds to receive culture and maintaining those ponds, recording critical information (e.g. temperature, pH, salinity) while semi-continuous cultures are in place.
- Samples ponds on a regular basis and conducts analyses on those samples (e.g. density, growth rate, ash-free dry weight, photosynthetic efficiency, quality parameters.)
- Prepares samples for research by other laboratories (e.g., for metagenomic analyses of pond content) and sends these out in a regular and timely manner.
- Learns to recognize eukaryotic pests and weeds, isolates these contaminants into culture when feasible, and conducts microscopic and CNA-based procedures to identify and characterize them, and assess their impacts on Nannochloropsis.
- Keeps impeccable and secure laboratory notes, and shares these notes as appropriate with the Director of Applied Research and with OSPREY project team members.
- Participates in periodic (monthly) conference calls with OSPREY team members, and in other communications within the project.Form#RD-C1 Rev #1 6/17/2020
- Prepares reports to be shared among OSPREY project.
- Prepares reports to be shared among OSPREY project team members.
- Assists the Director of Applied Research and other OSPREY project team members in preparing reports to the grantor (US Department of Energy), conference presentations, and scientific papers.
- Works effectively with other personnel in the R&D Department.
- Complies with GMP and safety guidelines in all work duties. Helps maintain a safe laboratory.
- Performs all necessary tasks as directed by the supervisor, however tasks that are not within the terms of reference of the grant are not to be assigned unless explicitly arranged, and paid for, by Cyanotech Corporation.
- Performs other duties that may be assigned, under the conditions described above.
- Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, Marine Science or relevant discipline.
- Two or more years of algal laboratory 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 manufacture 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.
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.
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.
Post-offer background check and drug screen are performed. Must be 18 years or older. All applicants must provide a resume.
Cyanotech Corporation is an EOE Minorities/Women/Disability/Veterans
Full position description and application can be found at:
Development Assistant Position
GreenWave is a nonprofit organization that is reviving coastal communities with a new type of
regenerative ocean farming that uses zero inputs, has myriad ecological benefits such as carbon and
nitrogen sequestration, and works to provide food justice and quality jobs in places that need it.
GreenWave works with farmers to launch and scale their businesses through a mix of training and
innovation. Our high-and-low touch training ranges from an online seed-to-sale Ocean Farming Toolkit
and region-specific workshops to hands-on internships and participation in our farmer support network.
Our innovation program works to scale markets and disseminate the latest farm, hatchery and blue tech
design throughout our farmer network.
GreenWave is expanding our Development team as we grow our funding base in support of the
organization’s goal to rapidly scale program delivery over the next 4 years. Reporting to the Development
Manager, the Development Assistant’s primary responsibilities are to provide administrative and donor
relations support, manage and analyze donor data and communications, conduct donor research, generate
donor acknowledgment materials, and provide support on proposals and reports. This is a full-time
position based in either New Haven, Connecticut or Brooklyn, New York. (GreenWave’s team is working
remotely because of COVID precautions for the near future.).
● Conduct data entry and manage reporting in Salesforce CRM database and Donately donor
platform to support strong donor engagement, acknowledgement, and tracking of interactions
● Organize and maintain donor files
● Ensure timely acknowledgement of institutional and individual donors
● Produce donor reports for the Development Team and Board of Directors
● Support set-up and content development of online fundraising campaigns on GreenWave website
and donation platforms
● Conduct institutional and individual donor research using iWave, Foundation Center Directory,
LinkedIn, and other Internet-based research tools
● Assist the Development Manager with research for and production of proposals, reports, and
other donor communications
● Work with the Communications Coordinator to monitor, traffic, and ensure timely responses to
GreenWave donor inquiries
● Provide additional administrative support for a variety of tasks
Desired Skills and Requirements:
● Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree with a focus on English, Journalism, Social Sciences or a related
field and 2-3 years working in an administrative role in nonprofit development, communications,
● Strong interpersonal skills
● Exceptional oral, written communications, and research skills and strong attention to detail
● Proven experience working independently
● Comfortable coordinating multiple deadlines and managing shifting priorities
● Thrives in a startup environment that requires adjusting to new challenges and thinking creatively
to find solutions
● Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising practices including, but not limited to online appeals, donor
relations and stewardship, prospect research, and proposal and report writing
● Tech savvy, with proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and CRM Software (Salesforce).
● Experience with online donor platforms (Donately) and donor research tools (iWave, Foundation
Center Directory, etc.)
● A working knowledge of and passion for key issues related to oceans, climate change, or
sustainable agriculture sectors
● Graphic design skills a plus (InDesign, Photoshop)
What we offer:
● Competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience
● Health and retirement benefits
● Generous paid vacation and holiday leave
GreenWave is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse
organization. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Please send resumé and cover letter with salary requirements to Amy Blankstein, Development Manager
at email@example.com by May 7, 2021. Include your name and Development Assistant in the subject
Seeking Production Team Member
Industrial Plankton is a dynamic company that loves to innovate, build and support the industries we work with: aquaculture, biotech and research. We design, manufacture, and support high-tech bioreactors that allow our worldwide customers to easily grow live plankton on-site. We are located in Victoria near Uptown Mall, just steps away from the Galloping Goose trail.
We are looking for an organized and efficient individual who loves to build and get stuff done! Adding another member to our production team will increase our production capabilities while keeping to our tight quality standards.
- Assemble materials and parts by following production guidelines and specifications. Production and assembly items include:
- Thermoforming and gluing of specialty acrylic tanks
- Assembling electrical enclosures for bioreactor control
- Reliably plumbing biosecure fluidic connection and pumps
- Wiring and assembling LED lighting
- Quality assurance inspection and testing of equipment
- Safely packaging equipment for shipments
- Assist in the loading and unloading of raw materials and components
- Participate in problem solving and process improvements
- Maintain and improve production documentation and procedures
- Maintain a clean workstation, tools and production floor
- Perform other tasks as required
- Perform manual tasks requiring dexterity and coordination
- Multitask and manage priorities
- Use of power and hand tools (drills ,saws, routers)
- Lift and move 50lbs
- Work under minimum supervision in a team and independently
- Use critical thinking to identify assembly issues and implement solutions
- Follow health and safety standards
- Experience working with plastics, wood, and metal products in a shop environment or construction industry
- Extensive knowledge of hand tools, power tools, saws, and routers
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Understanding of industrial environments and production processes
- A standard work week is 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
- Reports to the Production and Operations Manager
- Compensation will vary depending on experience and qualifications.
- Benefits package
To apply please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking Postdoctoral Research Associate in Algae Production
We are seeking to hire a postdoctoral research associate with research experience in algae biomass culture with an emphasis on aquaculture applications. The position would involve conducting research for the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR) located in Palacios, Texas and managed by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The finalist for this position will work closely with PMAR management as well as other research staff to develop a broad-based research program to improve algae biomass productivity within the scope of PMAR objectives.
- Identification and development of algae culture strains suitable for use in aquaculture applications.
- Improve biomass productivity of algae culture systems for aquaculture hatchery use.
- Develop a vigorous research program to investigate innovative uses of algae biomass for non-traditional uses.
- Remain current with the body of science related to general aquaculture, present and publish research findings.
- Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
- Report to the Project Leader.
- Doctoral Degree in biological sciences, genetics, microbiology, or closely related field.
- Background in one or more fields of aquaculture and/or algae biomass production.
- Practical experience in algae biomass culture.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment.
- Strong experience (at least 4 years) in culture of microalgae for oyster hatchery applications.
- Experience with algal strain selection and nutritional manipulation of algae cultures.
- Familiarity with current technology regarding algae biomass harvesting.
- Track record of high-impact publications and collaboration with notable research programs.
How to Apply:
- Submit letter of interest and any other supporting documentation to the following email: TEXASOYSTERS@TAMUCC.EDU
- Harte Research Institute is partnering with the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR). The applicant if chosen will be hired by the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR).
UCONN post-doctoral scholar position
UCONN has a post-doctoral associate position available. We are ideally looking for someone who has expertise in ecophysiology and culture work of seaweeds with an appreciation of molecular methods. The position would be guaranteed for at least 1 year and possibly two (depends on our ARPAe MARINER funding). Along with the existing domestication project of an ARPAe grant in close association with Scott Lindell, folks from Cornell University, and others, there are three related grants that would benefit from someone with an ecophysiology and field background. Each one would also go into the new hire’s effort. One will be our tropical seaweed project (lead by Loretta Roberson and others associates with that project) at MBL. The post-doc may be doing some fieldwork (Florida and Belize) to support that effort. We have another project dealing with direct “seeding” of kelp project dealing with scalable kelp aquaculture as part of our Alaska project lead by Mike Stekoll, and a recently funded project with Janet Kubler from California State University (Northridge) on the kelp, Laminaria farlowii. If you are interested or know of any recent doctoral student (s) looking for a post-doc position, please go to https://jobs.hr.uconn.edu/cw/en-us/job/494595/postdoctoral-research-associate (job opening at UCONN is #494595).
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