Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks dedicated to addressing unmet needs in agriculture by applying synthetic biology to engineer microbes.
Joyn Bio is looking for a Senior Scientist Microbiologist who will be the Team Lead for Gram Positive Organisms and contribute to the characterization, engineering and screening of R&D processes aimed at improving Gram positive microorganisms for large scale commercial agriculture applications.
Ideate, design and execute experiments to characterize growth, domesticate and screen various Gram positive organisms.
Work closely with the Head of Microbial Engineering and Program Directors to develop a strain engineering strategy that is aligned with defined objectives and drive the technical strategy on a day-to-day basis.
Innovate and advance methods for increasing efficiency of Gram positive bacteria engineering and screening through development and implementation of HTP technologies to enhance Joyn Bio platforms and capabilities.
Collaborate with the Microbial Engineering, Plant Microbe Interaction, Bioprocessing Formulation and Downstream Processing, Digital Sciences and Technology and Regulatory teams to develop commercially relevant processes.
Draft and manage Technical Project Plans in collaboration with research partners and CROs.
Support the Business Development and Alliance departments by identifying, evaluating and implementing new platform and technology strategies.
Manage and mentor a team of 3-5 scientists with varying levels of experience.
PhD with 5+ years (or MS with 8+ years) of industrial experience in microbiology, microbial physiology, molecular biology and/or related fields is required for consideration.
Extensive experience with culturing and domesticating Gram positive bacteria with an emphasis on Bacillus species and sporulation is necessary.
Proven track record and passion for developing and building HTP screening platforms.
Must be a detail oriented, highly organized, and collaborative self-starter with excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
Supervisory and project management experience necessary.
Will report into the Head of Microbial Engineering.
Lead a team of scientists and research associates.
Sometime dedicated to working at the bench is necessary.
This position will be based at our Boston, Massachusetts site, and will require minimal travel.
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About Joyn Bio
Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Ginkgo Bioworks and Leaps by Bayer, founded to solve the urgent agriculture challenges threatening our global food supply and environmental health using the combination of synthetic biology and beneficial microbes.
With our scientifically rigorous approach and microbe engineering platform, we are developing sustainable ag biologicals for crop protection and fertility that meet or exceed the performance of their chemical counterparts. Our first product is an engineered microbe that enables cereal crops like corn, wheat, and rice to convert nitrogen from the air into a form they can use, significantly reducing the environmental impact of agriculture's reliance on chemical fertilizers.