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Scientist, Microbiologist

Company: Pivot Bio
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Job Description:

Fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the soil microbiome, Pivot Bio is pioneering game-changing advances in agriculture. Our first commercial product harnesses the power of naturally-occurring microbes to provide nutrients to crops. We are dedicated to providing new sustainable ways for farmers to improve yield as they work to help feed the world's growing population. Read more about Pivot Bio in Grist or Wired. Scientist, Microbiologist

at Pivot Bio (View all jobs)

Berkeley, California

About Pivot Bio

Fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the soil microbiome, Pivot Bio is pioneering game-changing advances in agriculture. Our first commercial product harnesses the power of naturally-occurring microbes to provide nutrients to crops. We are dedicated to providing new sustainable ways for farmers to improve yield as they work to help feed the world's growing population. Read more about Pivot Bio in Grist or Wired.

Responsibilities of this new role include:

* Works as an integral part of our pre-commercial team to achieve project goals

* Assess microbial purity from the cell bank through all bio-processing steps

* Develop standard enumeration method and protocols for R&D

* Ensures viability assay development and optimization for our strains and product concepts including

+ Identifying and tracking microbial morphology (microscopic and colony) in our processes and build model for how these relate to plant outcomes, fermentation conditions and bacterial stability;

+ Developing and conducting experiments on panels of media to determine optimal growth of selected strains;

+ Developing and conducting assays for high throughput screening of strains for robustness and ferment-ability

+ Developing SOPs and training team on proper microbiology procedures and lab hygiene

Required Skills and Experience:

* Ph.D. in the field of microbiology, food science, biological science or related fields with 1-4 years industry of experience, or M.S. with 6+ years' industry experience

* Strong understanding of microbial growth and physiology under various media and conditions

* Light Microscopy

* Detail orientation

* Strong verbal and written communication skills

* Data organization and reporting using computer-based applications

* Experience working with diverse bacterial preferred

**MUST BE AUTHORIZED TO WORK IN THE US**

What we offer:

* Competitive package in a disruptive startup

* Stock options

* Health/Dental/Vision insurance with employer-paid premiums

* Life, Short Term and Long Term Disability policies

* Employee Assistance Program with free referrals and discounts

* 401(k) plan, 3% Match

* Commuter benefits

* Annual Training & Development support

* Flexible vacation policy with a generous holiday schedule

* Exciting opportunity to work with a talented and fun team * Ph.D. in the field of microbiology, food science, biological science or related fields with 1-4 years industry of experience, or M.S. with 6+ years' industry experience

* Strong understanding of microbial growth and physiology under various media and conditions

* Light Microscopy

* Detail orientation

* Strong verbal and written communication skills

* Data organization and reporting using computer-based applications

* Experience working with diverse bacterial preferred

**MUST BE AUTHORIZED TO WORK IN THE US** * Competitive package in a disruptive startup

* Stock options

* Health/Dental/Vision insurance with employer-paid premiums

* Life, Short Term and Long Term Disability policies

* Employee Assistance Program with free referrals and discounts

* 401(k) plan, 3% Match

* Commuter benefits

* Annual Training & Development support

* Flexible vacation policy with a generous holiday schedule

* Exciting opportunity to work with a talented and fun team

Keywords: Pivot Bio, Berkeley , Scientist, Microbiologist, Other , Berkeley, California

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