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Research Associate - Molecular Biology

San Francisco Bay Area
9 days ago
Full time role

Company

Living Carbon

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to rebalance the metabolic system of our planet. We meet ...

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Job Description

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 a proof of concept photosynthesis-enhanced seedling and are working on scaling our production lab and commercializing our technology. 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 Associate, you will apply experience in molecular biology to support molecular characterization and vector construction within the discovery group at Living Carbon. This role requires a core focus on the construction of plasmids for gene expression in various host organisms including plants, assay development supporting molecular characterization, and data generation and analysis. Hands-on experience with techniques in molecular cloning, PCR, RT-PCR, and qPCR are highly desirable.

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:

  • Perform genomic DNA extraction from plants
  • Collect tissue samples from plants and perform RNA extraction
  • Perform standard PCR assays, qPCR assays, and single/multiplex RT-qPCR assays
  • Perform molecular cloning to assemble novel plasmid DNA constructs
  • Perform plasmid DNA extraction from E. coli cells and yeast
  • Work with supervisor to design and make site-directed mutagenesis on plasmid DNA
  • May work on expression of recombinant proteins and characterization of protein expression using standard assays including SDS-PAGE and western blot
  • Accurately document experimental protocols, perform analysis and help with interpretation of data, and timely report key findings to supervisor and research team
  • Proficiency in working with basic bioinformatic tools including various DNA analysis software programs such as Genious or equivalent, and with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

 

Requirements and qualifications:

  • BS in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology or other related fields. Two or more years of biotechnology experience in industry or academia
  • Technical proficiency in general laboratory practices, including chemical reagents preparation, pH measurement, media preparation, aseptic technique, safety practices, etc.
  • Experience in genomic DNA and total RNA isolation from plant tissues
  • Experience in liquid handler, such as troubleshooting assays and modifying coding scripts in python is highly desirable
  • Proficiency in routine PCR analysis. Experience in qPCR and RT-PCR analysis
  • Experience with molecular cloning, including plasmid DNA construction, transformation, and isolation including mini- and maxi-prepping procedures
  • Experience in gel-based assays (DNA gels, protein gels, western blot)
  • Knowledge in DNA analysis software for sequence alignment, comparison, and vector map construction
  • Strong organizational and documentation skills
  • Experience with database management
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously
  • Effective communication (written/verbal) and ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team are critical
  • Self-starter who can operate with minimal supervision

 

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. 

Living Carbon

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to rebalance the metabolic system of our planet. We meet ...

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