Scientist, Microbiology

Full Time

San Francisco, CA

Job Description

The Scientist, Microbiology will be responsible for the development and implementation of in vitro assay systems, as well as contribute in our efforts to isolate additional strains as part of our growing microbiome strain library. The role will report to the Principal Scientist, Microbiology.

Some responsibilities include, but are not limited to: development and implementation of in vitro assay systems to characterize and quantify specific phenotypic features of new and existing bacterial strains within our strain library. Create detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) documentation for each assay system. Create and maintain an appropriate and detailed data management system for results generated. Isolation of bacterial strains from biological samples. Work closely with other Microbiome R&D team members to integrate process development and facilitate data-sharing. Present results in visual, oral, and written forms to internal and external stakeholders.

Candidate must be able to work in a team environment. Good organizational skills and maintenance of good laboratory practices is key. Ability to lead and mentor a small team is expected.

Candidate must maintain knowledge of both current microbiology techniques and any associated technological advancements.


We are looking for applicants who have an established track record of high achievement, self-motivation, professionalism, reliability, and excellent organizational skills.

  • Advanced degree in Microbiology (PhD preferred) or related fields
  • 2+ years of experience in microbiology, with an emphasis on phenotypic characterization of anaerobic organisms in industrial set up
  • Prior supervisory/mentoring experience is preferred
  • Demonstrable track record of development and implementation of both custom and industry standard in vitro assay systems
  • Excellent analytical and written/verbal communication skills. Strong motivation, independence, and ability to work in a high-paced multidisciplinary environment. Strong attention to detail and record keeping are key

Position Type



This position is based in our San Francisco facility. Limited travel may be required for this position.


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