Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Aug 01, 2021
Sep 05, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact hr@draper.com.

Draper is seeking an emerging microbiologist to pioneer research and engineering projects that incorporate commensal microbiome aspects. We develop novel technologies at the interface among biology, chemistry, physics and engineering, with a particular emphasis on maximizing our groundbreaking advances in microfluidic devices and systems. This role emphasizes skills and experience in microbiology, with a focus on microbiomes and commensal bacteria-related characterization, culture and manipulation. The ideal candidate will be hardworking, observant, collaborative and dedicated. We offer an atmosphere that champions innovation, individual contributions within a team environment, intellectual freedom and creativity, and an emphasis on career development.


  • BS or MS in a biology discipline with hands-on experience in microbiology, and 1-3 years relevant laboratory experience
  • Experience in isolation, culture, and genetic manipulation of bacterial strains is required.
  • Experience with culture of wild type strains is highly desired, as is experience with metagenomic characterization.
  • Demonstrated molecular biology skills, including PCR, genetic engineering, and/or protein expression/analysis, are a strong plus.
  • Ability to troubleshoot experimental issues, summarize data, interpret results, and format data for reporting via presentation or publication
  • Laboratory organizational skills and strong interpersonal skills are required.

This position requires the ability to acquire a US Security Clearance. The primary requirement for a security clearance is US citizenship.