Research Associate I/II, Strain Eng. – Genomatica

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 Research Associate I/II, Strain Engineering | Req. # 201708-320-16

Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry. It delivers new manufacturing processes that enable its partners to produce the world’s most widely-used chemicals from alternative feedstocks, with better economics and greater sustainability than petroleum-based processes.

Genomatica is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate, Molecular Biology to join the Strain Engineering team.  This team is responsible for construction, characterization, evolution and fermentation of host strains. The successful candidate will utilize her/his knowledge of molecular biology for cloning of relevant genes into various single-gene and multi-gene DNA constructs using a high-throughput, automated platform.


Job Requirements

  1. Assists in conducting basic laboratory experiments, applying defined protocols and procedures; generates reproducible and reliable results.
  2. Isolates, clones and sequences DNA.
  3. Generates complete annotated plasmid maps for all DNA constructs.
  4. Performs PCR experiments and uses prepared templates for cloning.
  5. Analyzes sequencing results with DNA analysis software.
  6. Maintains accurate and complete records of all prepared DNA constructs.
  7. Compiles records and maintains data on results of analysis and communicates results to supervisor.
  8. Clearly documents and maintains laboratory notebooks and computer files in LIMS.
  9. Operates standard laboratory equipment as well as high-throughput equipment, such as liquid-handling robots and Caliper Lab Chip.
  10. May conduct routine small scale fermentation experiments and generate concise reports.
  11. May prepare reagents and chemical solutions as necessary to support the Strain Engineering group.
  12. Understanding of synthetic biology design principles preferred.
  13. Experience with Type IIs restriction enzyme cloning preferred.
  14. As required by supervisor, searches, reads and comprehends relevant scientific literature.
  15. May support work of scientists for publication/ patent.
  16. Participates and contributes in group and project meeting as required.
  17. May share and contribute ideas within and outside the group.
  18. Attends seminars as required.
  19. Works in accordance with health and safety guidelines.


Minimum Education and Experience

Typically Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences or related field, and 1-3 years of relevant experience.

Minimum Competencies and Skills

  1. Superb attention to detail.
  2. Ability to operate laboratory equipment (including basic maintenance and calibration).
  3. Good analytical skills.
  4. Knowledge of good laboratory practices.
  5. Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  6. Capable of explaining experiments in written or oral format.
  7. Proficient in standard computer/software programs (i.e. MS Office).
  8. Ability to exercise judgment within specifically defined practices and procedures; guided decision making.
  9. Capable of self time-management to complete tasks efficiently and within stated timelines.
  10. Capable of working effectively in a team environment.


Work Environment/ Physical Demands

This position involves working primarily in a laboratory setting. As such this position requires the ability to stand or sit at the bench, the use of standard laboratory equipment as well as computers and office equipment. The position requires communication with other individuals through a variety of methods.


Genomatica is committed to providing exciting career opportunities in an environment that values trust, respect, openness, teamwork, creative talent, enthusiasm, and diligence. We are looking for innovative, motivated and uniquely talented people who enjoy the challenges and rewards of a fast-growing company devoted to commercializing cutting-edge technology. Genomatica is an equal opportunity employer.