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Research Associate - cellulosic


Junior level research scientist with hands on experience and knowledge of DNA, genetic techniques, manipulation of chromosomal DNA in E. coli and other organism(s), microbial physiology, preparation of defined media, aerobic and anaerobic cultures in flasks and small scale fermentors, analyzes experimental data and reports on results in a monthly report format.  Reviews and utilizes scientific literature and patents.  Works in collaboration with other scientific staff and teams to achieve scientific goals.  Occasionally prepares and presents a PowerPoint presentation of results to the Molecular Biology meetings.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

§  Design oligonucleotides for PCR, plasmid construction and genetic manipulation

§  Genetic techniques including but not limited to PCR, restriction enzyme digests, electrophoresis, plasmid construction

§  Manipulation of E. coli (and other organisms) chromosomal DNA

§  Design and execute small scale fermentation experiments to test new genetically modified strains or medium conditions

§  Use of small scale fermentors for metabolic evolution (i.e. daily transfer of cultures under defined conditions).

§  Preparation of solutions and media for experiments (i.e. not responsible for preparation of other scientists’ solutions or media)

§  Accurately collect and record research in lab notebook provided by Myriant, analyze results and prepare technical summaries and reports on a monthly basis

§  Work well in a team environment to achieve goals.

§  Identify problems and provide solutions

§  Review of scientific literature

§  Comply with all safety regulations and company policies


Supervisory Responsibilities

§  This job has no supervisory responsibilities. 


Education and/or Experience

§  Bachelors or Masters of Science in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or biological engineering or related field

§  Experience working with cellulose hydrolysate for microbial fermentation

§  Analytical and organizational skills

§  Desire and ability to be a team player, along with the skills necessary to be a key project team member

§  Experience with computer programs to prepare graphs, plasmid maps, PowerPoint presentations and Word documents.

§  Energetic, well-trained and self-motivated individual

§  Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

§  None required


Physical Demands

§  Ability to occasionally lift 25 pounds

§  Frequent standing, reaching and walking while working in the laboratory

§  Will require providing coverage of short hours on weekends, holidays and in other situations to maintain fermentation cultures and take samples.

§  Frequent pipetting

§  Use of fine motor skills to handle supplies such as PCR tubes and microcentrifuge tubes

§  Ability to type and use a computer mouse for prolonged periods of time for reporting purposes


Equipment Used

§  Pipettes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, autoclaves, small scale fermentors, electrophoresis, UV lamps, electroporators and other laboratory instruments and equipment.


Work Environment

§  Typical laboratory environment

§  Typical office/computer environment


Myriant offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Please submit resume and a list of at least two references by email to

Principals only, no recruiters or phone calls please.

Equal Opportunity Employer