Senior Process Engineer, Fermentation

Emeryville, California
Oct 26, 2017
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Founded in 2013 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zymergen is a technology company unlocking the power of biology. We deliver better economics for products made from biology that are used across industries, bring new products to market faster, and develop novel products. Our proprietary platform uses robots and machine learning to engineer microbes faster, more predictably, and to a level of performance previously unattainable. These microbes, and the products they produce, have broad applications across industries such as chemicals and materials, agriculture, and healthcare.

Our Fermentation Operations group is expanding and adding a technical expert to lead in fermentation process improvement and capability building.

This person will be working alongside the operations team to identify opportunities for process improvement and will also support several other cross-functional groups at Zymergen using technical expertise in fermentation process scale-up and scale-down. This role will require an experienced engineer with the ability to manage tight timelines, develop productive relationships with new suppliers and customers and always displaying exceptional professionalism and accountability both internal and external-facing to Zymergen.

We need someone who can work with customers who have large-scale operations and bring a scale-down model to the team running daily fermentation testing activities. This includes process-related optimization and development of fermentation processing as it pertains to our in-house testing activities. The person will sufficiently experience to start reviewing processes currently under way and begin to identify places we can deploy market-based technology to improve. We are also looking for someone who understands all the engineering challenges involved in commissioning new equipment for use in the fermentation testing lab.

This is a unique opportunity! This person will serve as a key technical individual contributor role and will be the first-of-its kind expert for Zymergen. This is ideal for someone who wants to focus on technical work and also who enjoys mentoring others. This person will be have sufficient experience to share examples where process engineering skills were used to improve continuing operations and training of more junior process engineers. Our lab has a strong focus in EH&S activities and this person will provide new processes for the lab while keeping this in mind. This person will also be developing and establishing innovative technologies and methods in the scope of strategic development projects across our entire organization.


•Bachelor’s degree in Biochemical or Chemical Engineering or related area, Masters Degree preferred.
•8-10+ years commercial experience in a variety of roles and industries.
•Must have a history of effective collaboration, record of leading process improvement projects and a great communications style.
•Experience with technology transfers with partners and CMOs both scaling up and scaling down fermentation processes.
•Must have ability to Independently design experimental plans, perform or direct studies, and analyze data as it relates to fermentation scale-up and scale-down processes. This includes working with those focused in plate scale while directly driving bench scale models to predict performance in both pilot scale and commercial scale processes.