Amyris is hiring an

Associate Scientist 3, Fermentation (910)

Emeryville, United States
The Associate Scientist will design and execute 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.  

Technical Lead (30%)

  • Understand Operations’ deliverables and execution strategy
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts aimed at increasing lab effectiveness
  • Ensure current state of work flow is documented by drafting and revising SOPs and work protocols.  
  • Collaborate on experimental design and sample analysis. 
  • Represent Fermentation data in project team meetings, R&D forums and collaboration reports.

Operations (70%)

  • Set up and operate bench-scale bioreactors and associated software.
  • Carry out microbial fermentations using various strains, feedstocks, and protocols.
  • Sample bioreactors and prepare samples for further analysis.
  • Evaluate and maintain fermentation data in the databases.
  • Troubleshoot laboratory failures 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.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Skills and requirements:

  • BA/BS in biology, life sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering or related field.
  • 5 years of experience in a Biological laboratory, Fermentation experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with concepts in statistics, tools to analyze data (JMP, Minitab, R, Spotfire) and quality principles such as 5S and Lean.
  • 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.  
  • Shift and weekend work is mandatory.  Occasional overtime is required. 
  • Embrace Amyris Core Values. 


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