Temporary Research Associate

La Jolla, California
Jul 19, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type

        At Synthetic Genomics, Inc., we are dedicated to developing and commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global challenges. We are currently seeking a temporary Research Associate to join our fast-growing, dynamic and collaborative team in La Jolla, CA.  Under supervision, the Research Associate will assist in performance of laboratory scale cultivation and productivity measurements of algae as a member of a focused strain development team working toward improved biomass and lipid productivity in algae.

Required Skills

  • Perform sampling of algae culture systems
  • Knowledge and proficiency in aseptic technique
  • Perform routine and experimental physiological measurements
  • Monitor growth and physiology of algae cultures
  • Maintain facility and laboratory equipment as needed
  • Maintain lab supplies as needed to wash/sterilize and disinfect. 
  • Media preparation
  • Must be able to follow experimental protocols for  complex physiology experiments focused on testing productivity of algae strains
  • Monitor and process biohazard materials
  • Maintain a culture of safety in the facilities
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, phycology, biology or related discipline with 1-2 years laboratory experience
  • Basic familiarity with lab equipment and machinery
  • Experience with sterile technique and maintenance of microbiology cultures
  • Basic knowledge of lab safety protocols
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to read, write and follow written and verbal instruction
  • Team-player who works well in a team oriented environment
  • Firm understanding of Excel and other Microsoft Office Products
  • Ability to work a schedule which may include weekends and overtime