At C16 Biosciences, we believe that palm oil doesn’t have to be a problem. Our team is building a sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternative to “conflict palm oil,” which relies on tropical rainforest deforestation and emits over 1 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. C16 Bio’s technology platform harnesses naturally-occurring biological processes, improved by the latest innovations in strain engineering, fermentation, and low-cost lipid extraction to produce a better kind of palm oil. As a Strain Engineering Research Associate, you will be at the forefront of our R&D team. You will utilize your microbiology skills to generate new and exciting strains to meet C16 Bio’s goal of producing a truly sustainable palm oil alternative. Your projects will range from improving the productivity of C16’s strains, modifying strains for greater resilience and tolerance, or even creating novel compounds through strain engineering. Key activities include creating new genetic constructs, assisting with genetic transformation, and developing new molecular biology tools to enhance C16’s engineering capabilities. We seek a diligent, curious individual passionate about microbiology. Candidates for this position should possess a BS degree and excellent communication, documentation, and time management skills.
Support the Strain Engineering team by executing core components of the workflow: designing and molecular cloning of new genetic constructs; transformation of microbial strains; and evaluation of transformant libraries
Maintain the integrity and quality of C16’s strain library
Conduct flow cytometry assays to validate transformation efficiency
Document and present lab operations and experimental data to broader R&D team
Manage inventory and organization for lab consumables and tools
Ensure cleanliness and operational readiness of laboratory instruments
Prepare and autoclave reagents and media required for laboratory experiments
BS degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biological Engineering, or related field
Research experience in a biological wetlab setting
Comfort with basic laboratory techniques, including aseptic technique, microbial cell culture, agar plate preparation, and microscopy
Experience with basic engineering techniques such as PCR and gel electrophoresis
Excellent verbal, written, and scientific documentation skills
Strong organizational and time-management skills
True, proactive team player: As a member of a small team, you will sometimes need to volunteer and contribute to activities outside your responsibilities
Independent, inquisitive thinker: You will be asked to present your findings on executed experiments and draw conclusions and recommendations for the broader R&D team
US Work Eligibility: While we are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, C16 Biosciences is regrettably unable to sponsor visas.
2+ years of industry experience, preferably at an early-stage company
Previous experience with molecular cloning, relevant supporting techniques (e.g., plasmid design), and relevant computation and software tools (e.g., SnapGene, BLAST)
Experience with data analysis and scientific computing (e.g. MATLAB)
About C16 Biosciences
C16 Biosciences is a biotechnology firm that uses microbiology to brew sustainable alternatives to palm oil. It was founded in 2017 with the objective of creating a sustainable, environmentally friendly alternative to conflict palm oil. By offering producers, refiners, traders, and consumers of palm oil an opportunity to invest part of their production into bio-based oils and sustainability efforts, C16 Biosciences' aim is to reduce the environmental footprint of palm oil production and protect precious natural land, wildlife, and resources in the process. Fermentation is a well-proven commercial process that has been used for centuries to convert raw materials into consumable commercial products consumed by billions of people every day. C16 Biosciences believes that brewing palm oil like beer is the most likely path to developing a truly sustainable palm oil alternative. C16 Biosciences' palm oil is sustainable which doesn't involve deforestation, endangering precious animal species, or forcing inhumane labor practices. The result is a world where consumers can enjoy the products they love without worrying about the dangerous practices involved in making them.