Founded in 2013 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zymergen is a technology company unlocking the power of biology. We deliver better economics for products made from biology that are used across industries, bring new products to market faster, and develop novel products. Our proprietary platform uses robots and machine learning to engineer microbes faster, more predictably, and to a level of performance previously unattainable. These microbes, and the products they produce, have broad applications across industries such as chemicals and materials, agriculture, and healthcare.
Currently, we are working with large industrial partners helping them improve their existing production microbes. We are in contract and advanced discussions with a variety of Fortune 100 companies. Over time we expect to develop a large portfolio of our own products, ranging from drop-in replacements for existing chemicals to advanced materials to life-saving therapeutics – all generated from green, renewable raw materials.
Growing our business requires technical development work: to establish new molecular biological techniques, to move existing protocols to robotics workstations, and to create workflows that enable high throughput microbe engineering and evaluation.
Job Description and Specific Responsibilities
We are hiring candidates with a range of experience levels from junior to mid and senior scientists, along with a mix of backgrounds from engineering to microbiology. We favor candidates with a degree and experience in relevant fields (chemical engineering, bioengineering, microbiology, biochemistry), and with a history of success within an industrial setting.
We prefer Associates with experience in some or all of the following areas.
Equipment and SOP development:
Familiarity with a variety of bench scale fermentation units including those from Sartorius, DASGIP, Applikon and New Brunswick (Eppendorf)
Experience installing the physical infrastructure and establishing the support processes required to build out a fermentation capability
Understanding the basics of statistics including JMP, and the use of manufacturing practices such as control charts, Lean, and 5S
Expertise writing and validating SOPs for fermentation and fermentation-related processes
Chemical engineering and microbiology:
Experience with a variety of microbes (bacteria, yeasts, filamentous fungi), a variety of fermentation processes (aerobic, microaerobic, and anaerobic), and a variety fermentation products (proteins, small molecules)
Familiarity breaking down processes and equipment to identify sources of contamination or variation
Attention to detail to execute complex fermentation processes with minimal deviations
Understanding of associated processes like analytical chemistry, microtiter plate-based growth and production, lab support services, LIMS, etc.
Previous experience in the field of synthetic biology is not essential.
Our facilities are located in the San Francisco Bay Area.