Research Associate, Synthetic Biology

Position Summary

ZymoChem is seeking a Research Associate to immediately join and contribute to our company’s metabolic engineering and strain development endeavors. This Research Associate position requires an adept ability to effectively communicate and work with a team in a fast-paced environment, and the desire & skills to collaborate with other researchers are also prerequisites.

Specific research-based responsibilities for this position include DNA construction, cloning, host engineering, cell cultures & protein expression studies, in vitro enzymatic assays, and downstream analytics. The Research Associate will also assist with designing experiments, creating & optimizing protocols, and collecting & processing data. Additional duties will involve performing routine tasks such as preparing reagents and maintaining an organized lab environment.

This position is for a full-time appointment with benefits including medical, dental, and vision.


  • BS or MS in chemical engineering, bioengineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline, with a minimum of 1 year research experience with an academic lab or an industrial research group

  • Experience working with E. coli is strongly preferred; additional experience with other industrially-relevant microorganisms is a plus

  • Hands-on expertise with synthetic biology & strain engineering-related techniques such as PCR, Gibson Isothermal Assembly, Golden Gate cloning, and homologous recombination

  • Experience designing and carrying out enzyme expression studies, protein purification, and cell-free enzymatic activity assays

Other Relevant Qualifications

Technical experiences and in-depth knowledge with the following:

  • Analytics such as HPLC and LC/MS for detecting and quantifying small molecules

  • Setup, operation, and maintenance of lab-scale bioreactors

  • Preparing & maintaining collections of chemical solutions & standards as well as biological samples such as enzymes and glycerol stocks of strains

Other desired qualities & experiences include:

  • Ability to maintain a well-organized laboratory notebook, prepare technical reports, and make scientific presentations

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Past work in an industrial setting or startup research setting is a plus

If this position aligns with your career aspirations, please apply using the form below. Alternatively, you can email your resume/CV and a cover letter to, and include “Application for Synthetic Biology Research Associate” in the subject line of the email.

ZymoChem is an equal opportunity employer.


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