Research Associate I/II - Microbial Isolation

  • Pivot Bio
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Feb 08, 2020
Full Time

Job Description

About Pivot Bio

Fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the soil microbiome, Pivot Bio is pioneering game-changing advances in agriculture.  Our first commercial product harnesses the power of naturally-occurring microbes to provide nutrients to crops. We are dedicated to providing new sustainable ways for farmers to improve yield as they work to help feed the world’s growing population.  Read/Hear more about Pivot Bio on OneZero or CNN.

Pivot Bio is looking for a Research Associate I/II to join our Microbial Isolation Team.  As a critical member of the team, this role will optimize and run our high-throughput microbial isolation pipeline.  The ideal candidate for this position combines a passion for microbial ecology with an engineering mindset dedicated to developing efficient and robust methods to target and assess both well-described and unknown sources of diversity.

Location: Berkeley CA Headquarters


  • End-to-end microbial isolation targeting maximal diversity centered around target phenotypes
  • Optimization and performance assessment of isolation selection and screening tools
  • Data capture and analysis including development of analytical tools to assess pipeline performance
  • Workflow process development in collaboration with Automation Engineers, Microbiology and Fermentation Scientists

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BS in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or biotechnology with 2-5 years of relevant laboratory experience, MS with 0-2 years of relevant laboratory experience, or equivalent
  • Experience with fundamental microbiology techniques, including streaking, dilution plating, and bacterial cell culture, as well as experience cultivating diverse microbes
  • Experience designing and running experiments for process optimization
  • Data organization, analysis, and reporting with Microsoft Excel; experience with Spotfire, JMP, R or similar tools is a plus
  • High throughput process optimization; experience with liquid handlers and other robotic tools is a plus 
  • Experience with NGS analysis a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

*Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

What we offer:

  • Competitive package in an early-stage, disruptive startup
  • Stock options
  • Health/Dental/Vision
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Exciting opportunity to work with a talented and fun team

Impact areas

Food & Agriculture  

Climate solutions

Nutrient Management  


51-200 employees  

Organization type


Will sponsor Visa