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Microbial Formulation Research Associate

Loam Bio
Saint Paul, Minnesota, US
Closing date
Sep 22, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
About Loam

At Loam, we have the earth in our hands. As a team of scientists, farmers and entrepreneurs, we are on a mission to improve the world's farmland and address climate change. We are developing

microbial technology to remove C02 from the

atmosphere and build carbon in agricultural soils. We help farming businesses prosper by boosting yield and soil health and enabling access to carbon markets.

As a start-up with ambitious founders and investors, our work is fast-paced and multidimensional. We foster a supportive and diverse workplace, where every team member is encouraged to learn and grow beyond their area of expertise.

While everyone at Loam is working in different roles, we all have one job: to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it stably in farmer's soils.

About the Role:

In this position, you will work under the direction of our scientists to assist in the successful execution of the Loam Bio R&D program. Specifically, the RA will be assisting in experiments in formulation (e.g. milling, blending, liquid processing) for our research, development, and product launches. Those products are microbial formulations that are ready for the farmers to use that put carbon in the ground in large amounts and for a long time. The research associate will work closely with internal and external lab-based research teams in protocol and compliance implementation, maintenance of relevant data/ equipment, and documentation.

The Research Associate will be expect to:

Assist in formulation experimental work.

Maintaining good lab notebook practices.

Successfully execute simple formulations alone.

Lift 50lb from the floor to a bench top

Communication effectively with the lead scientist.


The role will be working out of our laboratories at University Enterprise Laboratories, 1000 Westgate Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55114.


About You:

Completed Bachelor's in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, Chemical Engineering or related disciplines. Advanced degrees preferred.

Microbial laboratory skills (sterile technique, record keeping, adherence to protocols, etc.)

Experience working in team settings and/or collaborating to deliver high quality joint outcomes.

Strong time management and progress reporting ability

Accuracy and completeness of documentation per protocol expectations

Ability to network and collaborate through in person and remote interactions (email, chats, phone, video conference etc)

Experience in microbial formulations for agriculture preferred.

If applying for a higher position level, the successful applicant will have a additional abilities to work independently on Exploration, proof of concept, and development of novel formulation and delivery system technologies and concepts for new and registered active ingredients.

Collaboration with other functions across the company to deliver maximum success, including the prioritisation of projects according to deliverables.

Provide formulation training for others as necessary

Collaborate with external companies or universities to evaluate novel and promising technologies for Ag applications.

Stay abreast of new discoveries and technologies in the area of formulation and delivery system technologies.


Fast-growing start-up with many opportunities for capacity building and career development

Enjoy an inclusive and supportive culture, with a family-friendly attitude

Competitive salary based on experience

In the role of Research Associate, you will be supported by:

Engagement in cross-functional, cross-geographical product teams as you work alongside leading scientists and innovators in an international organization

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