Associate Scientist II- Microbiology

North Chicago, Illinois, US
Jul 30, 2021
Aug 06, 2021
Biology, Genetics
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Full time
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We are seeking a highly motivated Associate Scientist II-Microbiology to join a Natural Products API group within Operations, Science and Technology. The Scientist will provide hands-on support in molecular biology research utilizing experience with microbial genetics and physiology for existing and new fermentation projects. The candidate will have laboratory research experience and a strong desire to continue in a laboratory-focused role. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work within a multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teamwork environment are essential.
- Perform general microbiology tasks independently including media preparation, sterilization, propagation of traditional and non-traditional industrial microbial cultures, differential staining, and foreign growth checks.
- Perform basic and advanced molecular biology techniques including DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, construction of plasmids, use of a variety of expression systems and the execution of DNA and protein electrophoresis protocols.
- Develop and characterize microbial cell banks and develop inoculum processes to support robust fermentation applications.
- Design (including statistical DOE's) and execute experiments at the shake flask scale and pilot fermentor platform with high precision.
- Perform analytical measurement (e.g. enzyme assays, LC, GC) and generate reports.
- Troubleshoot experiments and instrumentation. Improve technology in the lab, including online and offline analytical instrumentation to streamline workflow.
- Perform literature review for better understanding on microbial genetics and physiology and generate hypothesis for empirical testing.
- Communicates experimental designs and present experiment data/ conclusions in team meetings.
- Author and revise SOPs and safety protocols.
- Maintain up to date knowledge of cGMP, job related SOPs and complete all assigned training on time.
- Perform other projects and duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology, Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry or related field with 3-6 years of experience, or Master's Degree with 0-3 years of experiment
- A good understanding of microbiology and biochemical principles, microbial physiology, fermentation process development and statistical methods.
- Track record of hands-on laboratory experience.
- Demonstrated accuracy, attention to detail, effective documentations skills and ability to function within a complex technical environment.
Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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