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Alameda, California, United States (on-site)
16 days ago
Alameda, California, United States
16 days ago
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109,000.00 - 130,000.00
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Industrial Microbes (iMicrobes) is hiring a Senior Scientist, Strain Engineer to accelerate our strain engineering projects for sustainable chemical production. This is a full-time position intended for experienced industry scientists. We are looking for a growth-oriented individual who has the desire to be in the lab while leading a project and mentoring junior researchers. The most competitive applicants will have deep metabolic engineering experience and have led technical projects or a group.

At iMicrobes, our mission is to invent more sustainable ways of making chemicals and materials for the largest markets. We are inventing and scaling new fermentation methods that use greenhouse gases as raw materials. Our synthetic biology team has built the world’s most programmable gas-eating microorganism, capable of converting biogas, natural gas, and carbon dioxide into a wide range of products.

The ideal candidate will have some of these experiences:

  • Designed and optimized metabolic pathways (in any microbe)

  • Developed assays for assessing metabolic pathways

  • Have knowledge of bacterial cell biology and physiology

  • Worked with E. coli

  • Modified genomes (knockouts, integrations, CRISPR tools) 

  • Worked with microorganisms that grow on C1 compounds such as methane, carbon dioxide, methanol, or formate

  • Engineered proteins

  • Designed and built single or multi-target libraries for strain improvement

  • Performed adaptive laboratory evolution

  • Worked at an industrial biotech company commercializing commodity or specialty chemicals

  • Interacted with fermentation engineers to understand strain performance in bioreactors

  • Analyzed complex screening and fermentation bioreactor data

  • Lead technical projects

  • Managed junior researchers

While the position is flexible and some work can be done remotely, there is a requirement to be on-site in Alameda, CA regularly. Candidates must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

Company Values

Leave the World Greener Find the Full Half Take Ownership Data Win! Keep Your Sense of Wonder Communicate! (Early and Often) Unfinished Over Unsafe Be Yourself - We Like It That Way
Applicants are encouraged to read all our Core Values at our About web page.

Ensuring a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace (DEI) where we learn from each other is central to our culture. There’s a lack of diversity in our industry and that needs to change. Industrial Microbes is committed to DEI in all of our practices. Achieving our mission depends on our ability to build a positive and supportive team of people with different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. Candidates in underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Let us know, at any stage of the application process, if you need accommodation for accessibility. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer; all are welcome to apply.

Our staff are the most important part of the company. We value work-life balance, well-being, and a positive company culture. Employees have said about iMicrobes that “work culture is above and beyond.”


  • Health, dental, and vision insurance

  • Stock options

  • 401(k) plan

  • 4-5 weeks of paid vacation and a flexible schedule

  • 12 weeks of paid family leave (PFL) for a new child and 8 weeks PFL for other qualifying events

  • Monthly stipends for personal wellness and learning

  • Daily lunches and snacks

About Us

iMicrobes is developing bio-manufacturing methods that can produce sustainable materials that have both reduced costs and reduced environmental impacts. Our processes use custom microbes with metabolic abilities not found in nature. We work with partners to scale our microbes to get products into the market where they can make a real impact.  

Learn more at our website.

Job ID: 72319167

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