Fermentation Scientist II in Berkeley, CA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 2/14/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Berkeley, CA
  • Job Type:
    Science
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    2/14/2018
  • Job ID:
    822713

Job Description


Position Description The successful applicant will lead strain screening and process development campaigns to identify and develop strains for improved production of bio-based chemicals. The applicant is expected to implement efficient experimental approaches to identify and develop improved fermentation production processes. Research objectives are milestone-driven (e.g. strain performance versus time, and meeting throughput targets for successfully-completed fermentations).



REQUIREMENTS

Responsibilities

  • Work in close collaboration with molecular biology and downstream processing to efficiently and accurately test hypotheses and reach key metric goals.
  • Independently conceive, design, plan, and complete fermentation experiments to improve fermentation performance metrics (productivity, yield, titer).
  • Supervise a research assistant to support experimental design and operations.
  • Prepare and present results, scientific findings, technical reports, and protocols.
  • Transfer fermentation processes to external piloting and manufacturing sites. Adjust procedures and troubleshoot scale-up as needed.

Education and Experience

  • A Ph.D. or M.S degree with 2+ years of relevant industrial experience in chemical engineering or related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years fermentation experience in an industrial or academic setting.
  • Proven experience successfully working within collaborative teams including supervising interns, students, or research assistants.
  • Energetic, hard-working, creative, team player.
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency, scientific creativity, and collaboration.
  • Strong organization skills and proven ability to manage details.
  • Effective problem solver that is willing to reprioritize efforts regularly and take on diverse responsibilities within a fast-paced, dynamic start-up company environment.
  • Strong hands-on technical abilities including maintaining and repairing basic lab equipment.
  • Experience working with a range of microorganisms a plus.
  • Experience writing standard operating procedures and batch records, and supporting technical transfer of fermentation processes to external sites.
  • Experience with pilot and commercial-scale fermentation operations.
  • Familiarity with Sartorious and Applikon equipment a plus.

Secondary Knowledge and Skill Considerations

  • Experience working with a range of microorganisms a plus.
  • Experience writing standard operating procedures and batch records, and supporting technical transfer of fermentation processes to external sites.
  • Experience with pilot and commercial-scale fermentation operations.
  • Familiarity with Sartorious and Applikon equipment a plus.