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Scientist/Senior Scientist: Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

companyNovoNutrients
locationSunnyvale, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2022
Full Time

Job Description

Job Description

NovoNutrients is a cutting-edge microbial gas fermentation company using autotrophic organisms and novel bioreactor systems to capture industrial waste carbon dioxide and convert it into feed protein and nutraceuticals. We are seeking a Scientist join us in the early stages of our journey and drive the development of our microbe engineering capabilities. As part of the Biology team at NovoNutrients, you will be responsible for developing DNA sequencing capabilities for characterizing our organisms, in addition to developing genetic screens and other workflows for microbe engineering. This is a unique opportunity to join a very small and growing team as we work to address environmental challenges for a more sustainable future. If you are fueled by a desire to create meaningful positive impact, enjoy working on technically challenging problems, and thrive in a dynamic, creative and collaborative team-based environment, come join us!

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing molecular and microbiology workflows (NGS) DNA sequencing of plasmids, bacterial genomes and 16sRNA

  • Establishing workflows for adaptive lab evolution

  • Creating pipelines for sequence data analysis

  • Executing strain improvement projects that leverage the above capabilities

  • Familiarity with design-of-experiments (DOE) based methodologies is preferred

  • General proficiency with DNA assembly and microbe engineering is also preferred

  • You will contribute to the technical and cultural foundations of this small and growing team

Desired skills and experience:

We prefer candidates with a PhD or equivalent experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, or related fields. We are looking for applicants that have demonstrated creativity and problem solving across various domains.  We prefer candidates with experience in several (not necessarily all) of the following areas:

Molecular, microbiology:

  • Expertise with various sequencing platforms (Illumina, Oxford Nanopore), equipment, sample preparation, sequence analysis

  • Experience with a variety of molecular biology techniques for DNA assembly, microbe engineering and assays

  • Familiarity with developing, executing and improving genome engineering workflows

Other tools:

  • Experience using statistics  and design-of-experiments based approaches to strengthen experimental design and enable robust data analysis

  • Ability to write software scripts to assist with querying databases, examining sequence data and analyzing experimental results

  • A general awareness and understanding of basic fermentation processes and analytical chemistry

Personal and interpersonal attributes:

  • Ability to communicate proactively and work effectively in cross-functional teams and collaborate synergistically with others across departments and disciplines

  • Self starter with strong organizational skills, project management experience, and clear written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to build capabilities from the ground up

  • Prior experience and / or a desire to develop mentorship and management skills  

Our facilities are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Sunnyvale, CA.

Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required for this position. NovoNutrients is not able to sponsor individuals for employment visas for this position at this time.

Job Type: Full-time

Company DescriptionBy taking NovoNutrients gas fermentation processes from floor-scale to near-term pilot to eventual commercial scales, we are creating low-carbon feed and food sources for the planet. We use bacteria that can capture CO2 using hydrogen energy, to produce food and feed products. NovoNutrients operates one of the world’s leading and largest hydrogen-based biosynthesis laboratories, with bioreactors from 250ml to 55L. We have successfully developed and scaled non-GMO single cell protein and created GMO bacterial expression products. The company has developed core IP and is preparing to deploy pilot scale systems in the near term.

Company Description

By taking NovoNutrients gas fermentation processes from floor-scale to near-term pilot to eventual commercial scales, we are creating low-carbon feed and food sources for the planet. We use bacteria that can capture CO2 using hydrogen energy, to produce food and feed products. NovoNutrients operates one of the world’s leading and largest hydrogen-based biosynthesis laboratories, with bioreactors from 250ml to 55L. We have successfully developed and scaled non-GMO single cell protein and created GMO bacterial expression products. The company has developed core IP and is preparing to deploy pilot scale systems in the near term.

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