BioConsortia is seeking a Research Associate to join its R&D team in Davis, California. This position will be responsible for conducting fermentation and downstream processing research to support product development, formulation, and new lead discovery. The successful candidate will work closely with the company’s fermentation, formulation, and microbiology teams.
The successful candidate will be responsible for:
- Conducting fermentation research using shake flasks and bioreactors to improve yield of desirable biomass and bioactivities of various beneficial bacteria and fungi
- Conducting downstream processing experiments related to harvest, concentration, and separation
- Producing high quality fermentation materials to support field development, formulation, lead discovery, and registration
- Supporting the development of scalable fermentation processes and specifications for product registration and manufacturing
- Performing biochemical, in-vitro, and in plantaassays to characterize the microbes’ bioactivities and physiological properties
- Sample collection, data collection, data analysis, and writing technical reports
- Collaborating with scientists, engineers, and research associates in our company’s teams
- Maintaining lab equipment and bioreactors
The successful candidate will possess the following skills:
- BSc, MSc, or equivalent degree in Chemical/Biological Engineering, Microbiology, Fermentation Science, Biotechnology, Biological Sciences, or related fields
- Experience in fermentation and/or cell culture (microbial or mammalian cells) with a high level of competence in aseptic technique. Experience with bioreactors is a plus.
- Ability to function in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
- Being comfortable lifting ~30-pound objects (bioreactors)
Salary and benefits:
This position will include a competitive salary along with stock options and standard company benefits.
BioConsortia, Inc. is developing effective microbial solutions that enhance plant phenotypes and increase crop yields. We are pioneering the use of directed selection in identifying teams of microbes - working like plant breeders and selecting plants based on targeted characteristics, then isolating the associated microbial community. Our proprietary Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) process enriches the crop microbiome, allowing us to identify organisms that influence the expression of beneficial traits in plants. We are currently focused on products for fertilizer use efficiency, growth improvement and both abiotic tolerance and biotic resistance, as commercial seed treatments, liquid in-furrow products, and granule products for a range of crops.