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
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
- 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.
- 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.