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Living Carbon

Company
11-50
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

Company Description

Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to rebalance the metabolic system of our planet. We meet this urgency by combining advanced biotechnology with the inherent power of plants to sequester and store carbon.

If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we encourage you to apply!

Jobs (4)

Carbon Project Developer - Methodologies & Standards (Remote)

Full time role
Remote
Aug 12, 2022
Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to responsibly rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle using the inherent power of plants. We believe that gigaton scale CO2 drawdown will only happen if solutions are both beneficial to the environment and profitable to landowners. We’ve developed photosynthesis-enhanced seedlings that capture carbon faster on underperforming and degraded land. In addition to improving carbon capture rates we are also working on extending the durability of nature based sequestration. We’re backed by some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley including Felicis Ventures, YCombinator, and Chris Sacca of LowerCarbon Capital. If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we’d love to hear from you. Your role: We are seeking a proactive and collaborative self-starter with intimate knowledge of carbon registries, various methodologies, the carbon project development process (e.g.,, origination, certification & quality control), as well as best practices in the voluntary carbon market (VCM). We are in need of a candidate who can perform clear and effective communication with standard setting and certification bodies, lead successful project submissions and verification, and interact with project developers, auditors, and registries, for example. A successful candidate will be adaptive and creative with a depth of knowledge on Improved Forest Management (IFM) and Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR) methodologies as well as experience in validation and verification of carbon projects, and can excel in a fast-growing biotech startup environment. We are looking for an experienced Carbon Project Developer to help support project submission to existing methodologies and standards with different registries such as Verra and new emerging blockchain initiatives (e.g Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C), Toucan Protocol, Open Forest Protocol) and digital MRV (e.g. Pachama, Chloris Geospatial). The primary objective of this role is to develop an industry leading approach for Living Carbon forest carbon projects that align our projects with best-in-class voluntary carbon market standards and ensure high-quality carbon removal projects. Living Carbon is using biotechnology to develop high-quality, scalable, forest carbon projects on new types of underperforming land using our own seedling supply and planting partners. We are seeking a proactive and collaborative self-starter with intimate knowledge of carbon registries, various methodologies and the carbon project development process. We are in need of a candidate who can perform clear and effective communication with standard setting bodies and demonstrate successful project submission and verification. A successful candidate will be adaptive and creative with a depth of knowledge on Improved Forest Management (IFM) and Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR) methodologies as well as experience in validation and verification of carbon projects, and can excel in a fast-growing biotech startup environment. Your responsibilities: Lead and manage relationships with registries and standard bodies including Verra, Climate Action Reserve and new emerging blockchain registries and opportunities Understand all aspects of forest carbon offset projects, registries, methodologies (e.g. IFM, ARR..etc), and the process for issuance of carbon credits Provide clarifications to the internal team regarding rules and requirements of standards and methodologies Lead the preparation of carbon project descriptions and verification documentation under recognized, or new, voluntary carbon standards to achieve successfully validated projects under Verra VCS and others Monitor external voluntary carbon standards to stay up to date with changes and help shape Living Carbon's growth strategy Build internal knowledge system for carbon standards and co-benefit standards Lead development of revision of existing and/or new methodologies under various standards as needed Stay on top of VCM best practices Interface with project financing stakeholders, field implementation partners and forestry teams to ensure plans reflect standards and methodology requirements Assist in developing Living Carbon's long-term verification strategy for new species and traits, including carbon capture and storage technologies that do not correspond to any existing methodology Requirements and qualifications: 5+ years of experience in carbon removal methodologies and standards Expertise in forest carbon projects and strong understanding of methodologies and carbon registry standard requirements Strong understanding of the key principles of the voluntary carbon standards such as Verra VCS/CCB and Gold Standard, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals Proven track record within carbon project validation and verification process Familiarity with Verra's forthcoming ARR and IFM and other methodologies (a major plus) Experience writing, updating and publishing carbon methodologies Exceptional verbal and written communication skills Knowledge of new developments in the Voluntary Market Place, including accreditation, codes of best practices (e.g., ICROA, ICVCM), the role of DMRV, alignment with Paris Agreement requirements (e.g., Article 6), for example Familiarity with carbon offsetting (e.g., interventions in scope 3), SDG & ESG reporting, and Net Zero is a plus Living Carbon PBC offers competitive compensation, and generous healthcare, dental and vision insurance. Living Carbon PBC is an equal opportunity employer. We believe the best solutions to climate change are created by diverse teams. Living Carbon is focused on building a multicultural and inclusive team with strong representation from the many diverse communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. As a public benefit corporation, ensuring solutions to slow climate change are widely distributed to all peoples is critical to the success of our mission.

Research Scientist - Synthetic Biology

Full time role
San Francisco Bay Area
Jul 30, 2022
Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to responsibly rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle using the inherent power of plants. We believe that gigaton scale CO2 drawdown will only happen if solutions are both beneficial to the environment and profitable to landowners. We’ve developed photosynthesis-enhanced seedlings that capture carbon faster on underperforming and degraded land. In addition to improving carbon capture rates we are also working on extending the durability of nature based sequestration. We’re backed by some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley including Felicis Ventures, YCombinator, and Chris Sacca of LowerCarbon Capital. If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we’d love to hear from you. Your role: We are seeking a creative and detail-oriented individual who’s excited to be part of a mission-driven early stage company. As Research Scientist, you will apply your specific experience in synthetic biology to work within the Research & Development group at Living Carbon. The successful candidate will be both a strong lab-based individual contributor and a team player who works well with other scientists. The candidate will contribute to key discovery studies which will have a direct impact on the success of our biotech programs to advance company goals. Your responsibilities: Lead the discovery effort to identify algal genetic components to facilitate bioengineering of sporopollenin synthesis in algal cells Build and optimize workflows for algal genetic parts assembly, transformation, genotyping, and phenotyping Develop synthetic biology tools to facilitate quick testing of biological designs in algal cells Collaborate closely with scientists across different functions and disciplines to rapidly iterate through design-build-learn cycles Design and test novel pathway engineering strategies to enable and improve the production of sporopollenin in algal cells Participate in cross-functional activities for project teams, including hand-offs, data analysis and presentation at project meetings Stay abreast with the relevant current literature and its application on synthetic biology especially in the area of algal biotechnology Draft and review technical reports and publications Requirements and qualifications: Ph.D. in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, synthetic biology, or related fields with 0-2 years of industry experience, or Masters with 5+ years industry experience Expertise with molecular cloning techniques including traditional cloning involving restriction enzyme digestion and DNA ligation, seamless cloning methodologies, PCR, transformation, and sequence analysis is required Expertise in recombinant protein expression design, production, purification, and activity analysis is required Prior experience of experimental planning and execution to engineer strains for the production of desired molecules is desirable Deep understanding of metabolic engineering principles, enzyme engineering, and high-throughput screening is desirable Experience in algal cell culture and transformation techniques including sterile technique, cell culture, transformation, cell assays, and cell isolation is desirable but not required Working knowledge of HPLC, LC-MS, and GC-MS analysis is desirable but not required Strong organizational skills, record keeping and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written) Demonstrated ability to work well in a highly collaborative team environment, coordinate tasks across multiple projects to meet deadlines Entrepreneurial behaviors demonstrated by agility, accountability, transparency, resourcefulness, and ability to get things done Living Carbon PBC offers competitive compensation, and generous healthcare, dental and vision insurance. Living Carbon PBC is an equal opportunity employer. We believe the best solutions to climate change are created by diverse teams. Living Carbon is focused on building a multicultural and inclusive team with strong representation from the many diverse communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. As a public benefit corporation, ensuring solutions to slow climate change are widely distributed to all peoples is critical to the success of our mission.

Research Scientist - Algae Biology

Full time role
San Francisco Bay Area
Jul 22, 2022
Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to responsibly rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle using the inherent power of plants. We believe that gigaton scale CO2 drawdown will only happen if solutions are both beneficial to the environment and profitable to landowners. We’ve developed photosynthesis-enhanced seedlings that capture carbon faster on underperforming and degraded land. In addition to improving carbon capture rates we are also working on extending the durability of nature based sequestration. We’re backed by some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley including Felicis Ventures, YCombinator, and Chris Sacca of LowerCarbon Capital. If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we’d love to hear from you. Your role: We are seeking a creative and detail-oriented individual who’s excited to be part of a mission-driven early stage company. As Research Scientist, you will work as a part of a small team to pioneer bioengineering of algae for sporopollenin production. Responsibilities include algal species scouting, acquisition, lab-scale culture, bioprospecting, genetic manipulation, and scale-up culture preparation. The successful candidate will be both a strong lab-based individual contributor and a team player who works well with other scientists. The candidate will contribute to key discovery studies which will have a direct impact on the success of our biotech programs to advance company goals. Your responsibilities: Determine species selection criteria based on project needs; Select and acquire a list of algal species for lab evaluation Adapt and develop culture conditions for various algal species at lab scale Develop assay protocols with high throughput capability for species screening Design and implement HTP bioscreening experimentations Prepare algal cultures for molecular, biochemical, genomics, and metabolic analysis Working with mass spec scientists to establish baseline sporopollenin concentration in A. protothecoides Provide lab results that demonstrate ability to express active enzymes of the sporopollenin synthesis pathway in algae in vitro May perform transformations of algal cells using biolistics, electroporation, injections, or Agrobacterium vectors, and screen for transformants Make algae media stocks and solutions, including artificial seawater Maintain algae biomaterials, freezer storage, and responsibly dispose of algal waste Requirements and qualifications: Ph.D. in plant biology, microbiology, algal biology, or a related field with 0-2 years of industry experience, or Masters with 5+ years algae related experience, or Bachelor’s with 7+ years of algal experience Expertise knowledge of algal species and classification is desired Hands-on experience with algae culture and transformation is required Experience with algae bioassays is highly desirable Experience and understanding of high throughput assay is desirable Previous experience with algal genetics and algal molecular biology is preferred but not required Living Carbon PBC offers competitive compensation, and generous healthcare, dental and vision insurance. Living Carbon PBC is an equal opportunity employer. We believe the best solutions to climate change are created by diverse teams. Living Carbon is focused on building a multicultural and inclusive team with strong representation from the many diverse communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. As a public benefit corporation, ensuring solutions to slow climate change are widely distributed to all peoples is critical to the success of our mission.

Mass Spectrometry Scientist

Full time role
San Francisco Bay Area
Jul 22, 2022
Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to responsibly rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle using the inherent power of plants. We believe that gigaton scale CO2 drawdown will only happen if solutions are both beneficial to the environment and profitable to landowners. We’ve developed photosynthesis-enhanced seedlings that capture carbon faster on underperforming and degraded land. In addition to improving carbon capture rates we are also working on extending the durability of nature based sequestration. We’re backed by some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley including Felicis Ventures, YCombinator, and Chris Sacca of LowerCarbon Capital. If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we’d love to hear from you. Your role: We are seeking a creative and detail-oriented individual who’s excited to be part of a mission-driven early stage company. As Mass Spectrometry Scientist, you will apply your specific experience to work within the Research & Development group at Living Carbon. The successful candidate will be both a strong lab-based individual contributor and a team player who works well with other scientists. The candidate will contribute to key discovery studies which will have a direct impact on the success of our biotech programs to advance company goals. Your responsibilities: Develop Mass Spectrometry (MS)-based lipidomics techniques such as LC-MS/MS and shotgun lipidomics Serve as the lead on multiple projects using metabolomics and lipidomics to solve exciting problems related to metabolism and physiology in engineered plant species Manage and improve metabolomics and lipidomics platforms and associated data analysis pipelines Perform analytical testing to support project ideas, event evaluation studies, and product characterization. Ensure rigorous analysis and high-quality data acquisition to drive research projects to completion Develop recommendations about instrumentation purchase, data infrastructure, project goals etc. Troubleshoot equipment and testing to identify root causes of issues. Evaluate new technologies and innovations to improve operational efficiency or expand mass spec capabilities. Perform general laboratory duties associated with equipment maintenance and good housekeeping. Prepare and present concise, sound scientific presentations of study results to internal and external teams for decision making Author technical documents such as SOPs for Laboratory and assay procedures, method development reports, method qualification protocols/reports, and regulatory filing documents per project needs Requirements and qualifications: PhD in Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry or related field with experience in metabolomics and/or lipidomics Expertise with high-resolution mass spec machines and techniques Experience in mass spec analytical method development and data interpretation Ability to develop custom metabolite extraction methods, chromatography conditions, etc. for relative and absolute quantification of metabolites Expertise in preparing plant cell and tissue samples for metabolomics experiments to ensure reproducibility and accurate representation of cellular metabolism Experience working in large teams and communicating with people who have little or no knowledge of mass spectrometry and metabolomics Experience or working knowledge of solid-state NMR analysis Living Carbon PBC offers competitive compensation, and generous healthcare, dental and vision insurance. Living Carbon PBC is an equal opportunity employer. We believe the best solutions to climate change are created by diverse teams. Living Carbon is focused on building a multicultural and inclusive team with strong representation from the many diverse communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. As a public benefit corporation, ensuring solutions to slow climate change are widely distributed to all peoples is critical to the success of our mission.

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