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Principal Scientist, Photosynthesis

Synthetic Genomics, Inc.

La Jolla, CA
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Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Biology, Microbiology,

Job Description

   At Synthetic Genomics, Inc., we are dedicated to developing and commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global challenges. We are currently seeking a Principal Scientist to join our Strain Discovery group in a dynamic and collaborative team in La Jolla, CA.


   The Scientist – Photosynthesis leads and conducts research to evaluate the photosynthetic properties of algae and cyanobacteria in order to develop strategies to maximize growth and productivity.


Required Skills:

-In collaboration with senior leadership, design and install methodologies to identify and measure key photosynthetic parameters in laboratory and field cultures of cyanobacteria and algae on defined timelines.
-Coordinate research with Strain Development and with Process Research and Development groups.
-Design, execute, and direct development of selections and screens for improve photosynthetic performance in algae and cyanobacteria.
-Design, execute and direct experimentation to identify targets of opportunity for improve photosynthetic efficiency in proprietary algae and cyanobacteria.
-Provide in-house expertise in the fields of light-reactions and dark-reactions.
-Maintain a culture of safety in the laboratories and other R&D facilities.
-Comply with Synthetic Genomics’ company policies including observance of US and California laws and regulations.

Required Experience:

-Requires a PhD in Phycology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Biology, or related field and a minimum of 3-7 yrs relevant postdoctoral plus industrial experience
-Detailed knowledge of photosynthetic light and dark reactions is required
-Experience with photosynthesis measurements, including CO2 uptake and O2 production, P-I curves, and fluorescence are required
-Experience with generating and characterizing photosynthetic mutants is desirable
-Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate interactions with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers


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