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Microbiome/Bacterial Bioprocess Development – Senior Research Associate

Boston, Massachusetts


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Microbiome/Bacterial Bioprocess Development – Senior Research Associate

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Job ID R0022911 Date posted 09/22/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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The candidate will be responsible for experimental planning and execution of experiments in the microbiology process development laboratory.  Additionally, this position will support the experimental work of other process development scientists.  The candidate will be responsible for keeping a complete and accurate laboratory notebook, and reporting data to the team, both orally and in written form.

The candidate will also be responsible for general laboratory operations including: maintenance of equipment; laboratory computers and networking; biological, chemical and disposables inventory; and organization and daily maintenance of the laboratory.  These responsibilities involve networking with vendors, in-house IT, and EHS.


Microbial Development Team:

The candidate must have a knowledge of general microbiology, expertise in the microbiome field, and experience with fermentation and scale-up.  Prior experience with anaerobes is a plus.  Some knowledge of cell and molecular biological, and biochemical techniques such as qPCR assays, DNA sequence data analysis, protein purification, FACS operation & analysis, etc.  is considered a plus.


  • Works with departmental and/or cross functional peers to execute on assignments, under supervision.
  • Responsible for supporting technical aspects of a project.
  • Prepares or assists in preparing experimental protocols.
  • Reviews, interprets and communicates data internally (e.g., to supervisor, project teams) and prepares written reports as required.
  • Proposes and implements resolutions to technical problems/issues.
  • Designs experiments/unit operations with supervision including follow up experiments as necessary.
  • Serves as a laboratory resource for others working on the same projects.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment.
  • Maintains and organizes laboratory chemical and disposable inventories.
  • Maintains and organizes frozen stocks of microorganisms.


  • Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or related pharmaceutical science; 5+ years of Microbiome/biotechnology/biopharmaceutical industry experience.  
  • Master’s degree or higher in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or related pharmaceutical science; 2+ years of Microbiome/biotechnology/biopharmaceutical industry experience.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills - Able to participate in troubleshooting critical issues or problems
  • Teamwork – Ability to work well in a highly cross-functional team environment
  • Communication - Able to expresses one’s self clearly and concisely within team; documents issues and/or concerns concisely with colleagues; timely and effectively communicates issues to supervisor; technical writing skills to support contributing to internal technical documents
  • Organization –  Exercises good time management and prioritization skills and is able to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously 
  • Knowledge Sharing - Ability to capture  organizational knowledge; improve solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improve information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use
  • Technical  -   Advanced proficiency in use of applicable lab equipment and operations; Experience with upstream process development for anaerobic microorganisms; Experience working in anaerobic chambers with strictly anaerobic organisms


Lifting of some small equipment (< 30 lb), laboratory benchwork, and manual operations in an anaerobic chamber. 




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