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. C16 Biosciences is looking for a Research Associate who is excited to be part of the development, scaling, and commercialization of sustainable palm oil alternatives. In this role, you will be supporting the development and execution of C16's critical analytical methods to support our R&D program. You will be a critical member of a growing team, with responsibilities ranging from quality testing of lab-generated samples to development and implementation of new methods. Your work will touch all aspects of C16's R&D organization, and your work will provide plenty of opportunities for growth, exposure, and visibility across C16's entire R&D pipeline. Candidates for this position should possess a BS degree and excellent communication, documentation, and time management skills.
Characterization of products and feedstocks using methods such as FAME and TMS derivatization, titration, ion chromatography, etc.
Operation and maintenance of the HPLC and GC-MS, including the coordination of samples from different teams and the communication of results to these teams
The analysis of oil products for quality and identity, including Oil Stability Index, slip melting point, peroxide value, iodine value, fatty acid and triglyceride profiling, etc.
The large scale extraction (20+L) and purification of oil and products
The development and implementation of new analytical methods to support C16's R&D work
BS in Chemistry or related field
Basic knowledge of chemistry and analytical chemistry
Experience with HPLC and GC-MS operations
Experience with development and implementation of analytical methods
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.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Experience with programming languages such as Python or Matlab
Experience with electronics and hardware platforms such as Arduino
Experience and familiarity with microbiology concepts and techniques
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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.