Microbiology Research Scientist - Fungal Genetics

Posted: February 17, 2022

Closing: March 31, 2022

Aqua Cultured Foods is an innovative food technology company disrupting the alternative protein space with the world’s first whole-muscle cut seafood alternative created through the process of microbial fermentation. Our novel technology produces a sustainable complete protein source using only a fraction of the resources required by traditional agriculture. As our global challenges with overfishing, climate change and feeding the world’s expanding population grows, our mission is to create delicious, nutrient-rich foods to feed our growing population and protect our oceans.

We are actively seeking a passionate, driven, and ambitious Microbiologist to join us a full-time team member.


Reporting to our Lead Scientist, this Microbiologist will serve as a member of the technical team, focused on the development of novel food products. This individual will create, drive, and develop alternative seafood products from concept through commercialization. 


  • Conduct research in fungal physiology, fungal growth optimization and nutrient requirements

  • Perform hands-on experiments aimed at defining microbial nutrient requirements and optimization

  • Identify metabolic pathways in fungi to drive characterization and growth improvements

  • Work with cross-functional teams to support scale-up and implementation of microbial growth parameters

  • Discover and analyze connections between genotypes and key phenotypes of fungi, to develop improved strains

  • Prepare project proposals, conduct bench-top work and analyze, summarize and present scientific outcomes

  • Provide accurate, clear, and concise reports on R&D activities


  • Master’s Degree (M.S.) in Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, or a related scientific field

  • 5+ years of demonstrated microbiology laboratory experience

  • Experience in the culture and genetic manipulation of bacterial and/or fungal species

  • Demonstrated mastery of experimental design, statistical analysis using R, Matlab or Minitab

  • Results oriented - displays a high energy level, and puts top priority in getting results

  • Ability to make decisions and communicate effectively while under pressure

  • Strong interpersonal, influencing, and project management skills

  • Comfortable working in a start-up environment

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage complexity

  • Self-motivated by problem solving in highly ambiguous situations

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and influence technical direction

Core Values

  • Team building/Relationship Building - Develops relationships with people throughout the facility

  • Communication - Speaks and writes effectively, and keeps people up to date with information. Maintains lab notebooks and testing documentation

  • Innovation - Generates innovative ideas and solutions to problems and stimulates others to continuous improvement

Covid-19 Vaccine

  • In order to maintain a safe work environment, employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination on or before first day of employment.


  • Selected candidate will work on-site with our team in Chicago Office. Remote work is not available for this role.

Company Benefits

  • We offer a robust benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental and vision benefits

How to apply

To express your interest, please provide a short cover letter telling us why you’re perfect for this role, along with a resume detailing your experience.

Qualified Applicants must be legally authorized for employment in the United States. Qualified Applicants will not require employer sponsored work authorization now or in the future for employment in the United States.

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