Research Associate / Senior Research Associate Whole Biome is on a mission to help people improve physical and mental health by creating a new category of products that target the microbiome. We are researching, developing and commercializing a novel class of rationally-designed Live SynbioticsTM (probiotics + prebiotics) that have demonstrated clinical efficacy to treat conditions like metabolic syndrome, inflammation and neurodegeneration. Whole Biome has created proprietary pipelines to build a unique discovery platform that identifies key, novel bacterial strains and the prebiotics that feed them.
Whole Biome is seeking a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to join the Molecular R&D and Clinical Assay team. The person will contribute to the Whole Biome mission through execution and development of molecular biology assays and protocols. The ideal candidate will have experience in qPCR, microbiology (especially anaerobic) and NGS library preparation. This position will interact closely with Computational and Manufacturing teams.
Independently execute molecular biology experiments and use in-house software tools to analyze data
Support microbiology and molecular biology teams in multiple parallel projects
Execute assays both in clinical and R&D labs including DNA extraction, (RT-)qPCR assays and NGS library preparations
Execute anaerobic microbiological growth phenotyping assays using sterile technique
Prepare and maintain stocks of in-house prepared reagents.
Work closely with Molecular R&D, Clinical Assay, and Computational teams
Responsible for individual and co-worker safety
B.A. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biology, or related field
1-5+ years experience in core facility, industrial molecular or microbiological role
Experience with DNA and RNA extraction, qPCR; familiarity with NGS
Experience with classical microbiology techniques, including culturing of anaerobic bacteria
Experience working closely with Senior Scientists to design, develop and optimize assays
Comfort (and preferably experience) in handling human samples: stool, skin and blood
Experience with developing/writing SOPs, documenting and tracking lot numbers and using lab management systems
Belief in transparency and open communication and the ability for an individual’s power to improve and enable those around them
Whole Biome is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We welcome all with disabilities to apply.
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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
policies that strongly support maternity / paternity leaves
collaborative, team environment
off-site, team building adventures
walking distance to Caltrain, Muni
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