Amyris is hiring an

Associate Scientist 2, Fermentation (939)

Emeryville, United States
As part of the Fermentation Lab Operations team the Associate Scientist will join the AmbR lab and be responsible for executing fermentation experiments in support of our R&D deliverables. The successful candidate will contribute toward strain and process improvement in a fast paced, team-oriented research operations setting and will contribute to improving lab effectiveness.


  • Collaborate on experimental design and scheduling. 
  • Set up and operate ambr250 high-throughput fermentation system.
  • Carry out microbial fermentations using various strains, feedstocks, and protocols.
  • Prepare fermentation samples for offline analysis.
  • Report, evaluate and maintain fermentation online and offline data in the databases.
  • Troubleshoot laboratory equipment and implement corrective actions. 
  • Apply organizational and creative skills to improve lab operations.
  • Provide input for quality and efficiency improvement opportunities.
  • Maintain safe practices and work environment.
  • Contribute to other duties as assigned. 

Skills and requirements:

  • BA/BS in biology, life sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering or related field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in a Biological laboratory, Fermentation experience preferred. 
  • Experience with ambr250 high-throughput fermentation system and any molecular biology related automation systems is preferred.
  • Familiarity with concepts in statistics, tools to analyze data (JMP, Minitab, R, Spotfire) and quality principles such as 5S and Lean is desired.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.
  • Capability to manage multiple independent processes and experiments within a single day including scheduling instrumentation and preparing reagents and material. 
  • Attention to detail and careful record keeping skills.
  • Working in cross-disciplinary, collaborative teams
  • Tenacity in pursuing objectives to completion correctly and on time.  
  • Weekend work is mandatory. Occasional overtime is required. 
  • Embrace Amyris Core Values. 


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