Research Associate, Microbiology

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Federation Bio
South San Francisco, California, US
May 06, 2021
Jun 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Job Description
The complex ecosystem of bacteria that comprise our gut microbiome are inextricably linked to the quality of human health. Federation Bio is a start-up company poised to leverage the power of active microbial communities to address high unmet medical needs. Our approach lies at the intersection of microbiology, chemistry, and genomics and uniquely enables us to harness the power of the microbiome and define the potential of this new therapeutic modality.

Federation Bio was founded by two leading academics in the microbiome field (Stanford Professors Michael Fischbach and Dylan Dodd) as well as Venrock, one of the oldest venture capital funds in the United States.

Description of the Role

We are currently seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to play a key role in our team that is advancing rapid and thoughtful progression of our discovery portfolio from lead identification through IND enabling studies and early clinical development. A successful candidate is required to have experience with anaerobic microbiology laboratory techniques. You will be contributing towards microbial isolation and characterization to generate early preclinical data that supports further clinic investigation. You will be also responsible for developing molecular and biochemical assays to characterize microbes. The perfect candidate will have deep understanding of basic microbiology techniques with focus on anaerobic microbiology and be able to immediately contribute to microbial isolation and culturing of human gut commensals from complex samples. The candidate should be scientifically rigorous and experimentally curious. The role will require meticulous planning and organization. You will be expected to be a flexible, adaptable, and intellectually rigorous team member and you will play a critical role in the design and development of microbiome therapeutics at the absolute forefront of the field.

Core responsibilities and opportunities are:
  • Participate in execution of creating a microbial strain library by isolating human microbiota commensals.
  • Perform molecular and biochemical assays as well as microbial growth assays
  • Perform small-scale microbial fermentation experiments
  • Assess microbial viability and enumerate microbes grown in single cultures as well as from complex samples
  • Prepare microbial culture media and frozen microbial stocks
  • Keep precise experimental records and enter data into databases
  • Assist in ordering and organizing laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Effectively communicate with cross-functional teams to ensure optimal information and material sharing
  • Be nimble and adaptive to learn new laboratory techniques as needed to support cross-functional research team
  • Work rigorously as an individual and passionately as part of a team

Desired Skills and requirements:
  • Experience of working with anaerobic microbes and anaerobic gas chamber
  • Must have experience of working with microbial cultures in aseptic environment culture inoculation, propagation, scale up and transfer
  • Previous experience of performing high-throughput microbial growth assays (preferably using robotics) or small-scale (up to 250 ml) fermentation using bioreactors are highly desirable
  • Experience of preparing microbial strain banks is a plus
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques and approaches, including DNA extraction and quantification, PCR/qPCR and primer design.
  • Keen attention to detail and careful record keeping skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Strong organizational and computer skills including familiarity with electronic notebook keeping software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Hands-on experience of working with human gut commensals is a plus


  • B.A., B.Sc. or M.Sc. in microbiology, biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemistry, or related field
  • At least 2-3 years prior experience in a microbiology or molecular biology laboratory, preferably within industry

At Federation Bio, we believe that high-performing teams include people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each others assumptions with fresh perspectives and bring creative ideas to the table. We are committed to building an open, diverse, and inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristics protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

This opportunity is full-time only. No contractors, consultancies or recruiters will be considered.

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