Manufacturing Research Associate Whole Biome is a ground-breaking biotechnology company, backed by blue-chip investors, that is developing and commercializing products to address key chronic diseases using proprietary technologies to understand and target the human microbiome. Whole Biome has created a unique discovery platform to identify key, novel bacterial strains and the prebiotics that feed them to develop Live SynbioticsTM, products that augment a person’s microbiome. We are a small team of scientists, engineers and physicians interested in improving human health by using the latest research from diverse fields, such as, microbiology, molecular biology, high-throughput genomics, distributed computing, pharmaceutical development and nutrition sciences.
We are currently seeking a Research Associate to join Whole Biome’s Manufacturing Team. This person will be responsible for working with a team of microbiologists to culture, harvest and encapsulate Whole Biome’s proprietary medical food products. Additionally, this person will have the opportunity to work with the Molecular Biology, Compute and Medical Teams to support and enable the discovery and development of novel, life-changing microbiome interventions.The successful candidate will need to be able to learn new systems quickly and adapt to changing needs as Whole Biome rapidly expands capabilities in terms of projects and processes.
Weekly setup, running, and tear down of a bank of fermentors, including work in off hours
Prepare media, clean and sterilize equipment
Operate manufacturing lab equipment, including anaerobic chambers, bioreactors, benchtop and floor centrifuges, and lyophilizers.
Support production scale-ups and the commercialization of new products.
Assist scientists in product and process development and improvements.
Manage and organize assay workflows, draft protocols, and support lab operations.
Independently execute biochemical and molecular biology experiments and use in-house software tools to analyze data.
Keep up-to-date on current scientific literature related to microbial ecology, isolation and cultivation
REQUIREMENTS: This is a dynamic, start-up environment that requires an individual with adaptability, ingenuity, independent drive, and a passion for improving patient care.
B.S. or M.S. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biology, or related field with 1-2 years working experience.
Required experience in aseptic techniques used in microbiology.
Required experience in anaerobic growth of bacteria and medium preparation and optimization.
Desired experience with developing, writing and verifying SOPs for fermentation and fermentation-related processes.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and be a fully contributing member of a multi-functional fast-paced team environment
Experience in working as part of a team to design, develop, optimize and validate assays.
Experience in implementing and prioritizing quality work across multiple projects under tight time constraints.
Comfort (and preferably experience) in handling human and animal samples, including stool, skin and blood.
Detail oriented and organized (understanding the basics of 5S and Lean Six Sigma).
Familiar with Excel, Word and Google apps.
Ability to stand for long periods of time in a laboratory setting and lift 50 pounds.
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competitive salary and equity packages
health, dental, and vision
401k with corporate matching
flexible schedules with a focus on work/life balance
unlimited vacation policy (we're all adults and professionals, not clockwatchers)
casual culture (66% of founders usually wearing hoodies)
work/life balance: we believe it, we encourage it, we live it
collaborative, team environment
off-site, team building adventures
walking distance to Caltrain, Muni
walking distance to bars and restaurants in Dogpatch