Senior Research Associate, Microbiology

BioConsortia, Inc.’s Davis, CA, office seeks a Senior Research Associate, Microbiology to provide technical support for our science program with particular emphasis on the development and characterization of bacterial and fungal culture collections. Duties include: (i) isolation, characterization, culture and storage of bacteria and fungi in strict accepting conditions; (ii) designing, optimizing, and implementing protocols to characterize plant-relevant microbial traits from a wide diversity of bacteria and fungi; (iii) providing technical assistance for the set-up and implementation of lab and field trials and associated activities; (iv) leading the development, optimization and implementation of new assays as well as collating data and experimental records and preparing reagents and media; (v) contributing to implementation of regulatory requirements and internal policies as well as development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); (vi) preparing and delivering material in the form of reports and presentations; and (vii) using analytical equipment, including but not limited to spectrophotometer, HPLC.

Must have a bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent degree) in Microbiology or a directly related field plus four (4) years of experience in a related position.

Must also have any experience with or knowledge of:

  1.  Distinguishing different bacterial morphologies in isolation and on interspecies diversity plate, distinguishing prokaryotes from eukaryotes (e.g., bacteria vs. yeast); Quality control metrics through assessment of purity and likelihood of contamination; Demonstrating excellent aseptic technique and spatial mapping ability; Conducting targeted microbial isolation through different growth conditions and media for microbes with particular desired traits from a wide array of hosts; Performing molecular extraction of active metabolites, enzymes, genetic material; Plant-associated Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria as well as fungi including, but not limited to: Rhodotorula, Saccharomyces, Trichoderma, Bacillus, Paenibacillus, Pseudomonas, E. coli;
  2.  Running established protocols, running spectrophotometric and kinetic assays, utilizing stoichiometry and toxicology data to verify protocols and reagents’ efficacy and safety, making technical improvements of assay (from published literature or in-house protocol) to suit a high-throughput platform and to reduce noise in the data, identifying in-house biological positive controls to track assay’s performance over time, transforming generic ideas into actionable protocols, knowledge of microbial nutrient cycling i.e. carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, macro- and micronutrient cycling;
  3.  Performing cost-benefit analysis for optimization of assay (being resourceful to obtain the most accurate result with tools we have in house, with minimum labor and least health hazard and environmental impacts), using interdisciplinary theories and/or hypotheses to add value to current protocols or identify efficient shortcuts in current protocols;
  4.  Calculating amount of cultures to be produced, coordinate with team members on weekly and monthly schedules, training new and existing team members; and
  5.  Building check-points in experiments, validating data or calculation obtained through alternate methods; managing lab inventory and supplies; and
  6.  Multi-level prioritizing and scheduling with regards to importance and value of data of an experiment within project and in relation to other projects as deadlines occasionally overlap, being pro-active in experiments and experiment planning.

Experience can be concurrent.

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About BioConsortia
Utilizing our patented Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) process, BioConsortia develops microbes that have exceptional partnerships with plants, resulting in high-performance products for substantially larger and healthier crop yields and a significantly improved environmental profile for growers.

Drought, desertification, degradation and development are stressing the planet’s arable land. BioConsortia’s plant health portfolio includes biologicals that protect crops against pests and diseases at all points of the food distribution chain (biofungicides, bionematicides, and post-harvest disease control), as well as biostimulants that increase crop yields.

To reduce the amount of synthetic fertilizers and farm runoff while increasing crop yields, BioConsortia leverages the power of cutting-edge technologies to create customized biological solutions using nitrogen fixing microbes in non-legume row crops, such as corn and wheat, as well as fruits and vegetables.

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