Research Associate– Fermentation R&D

By | April 22, 2021


Job Description:About Willow Biosciences Our multidisciplinary team of world-leading discovery biologists, biochemists, geneticists, and fermentation process engineers are dedicated to harnessing the therapeutic potential of plants. We are applying our unique design-build process and our proven track record to the biosynthesis of cannabinoids. Join our team Its fun to work in a company where people truly believe in what they are doing. At Willow Biosciences, we are committed to bringing high-purity, plant derived compounds for the treatment of pain, anxiety, obesity, brain disorders, among other significant indications. We work hard, we’re serious about what we do and we like to have fun too. Job Listing: Research Associate– Fermentation R&D We are seeking an experienced Research Associate who will focus on microbial fermentation process development for small molecule production and will be part of a dynamic team responsible for bioprocess R&D and scale up. Location: The Willow Biosciences (Canada) laboratory is centrally located in Metro Vancouver in British Columbia. Education: BS/MS in Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, or related discipline. Experience: BS plus 2 or more years’ demonstrated experience or MS in development of microbial fermentation processes. Responsibilities IncludeConduct fermentation experiments by performing bioreactor setup and sampling Analyze processing samples, using biological, biochemical, and analytical chemistry assay techniques Perform recovery experiments using unit operations such as homogenization, centrifugation, depth filtration, microfiltration, and ultrafiltration Communicate results of experiments to the project team Participate in daily operation and routine maintenance/housekeeping of process and analytical equipment Maintain a clean, organized and tidy lab environment. Maintain chemicals and consumables stocking, etc. Maintain lab notebooks, write reports and SOPs Job Requirements The ability to legally work in Canada (as a citizen, resident or holding a current and valid work permit) at time of hire Experience with USP development and optimization of microbial fermentation processes a must Experience with DSP unit operations such as homogenization, centrifugation, depth filtration, microfiltration, and ultrafiltration is a plus Strong Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry skills with experience in various assay techniques such as HPLC, enzyme activity assays, protein assays, etc. Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills, documentation, organization, good record keeping, writing reports and SOPs Ability to take ownership, prioritize responsibilities, multi-task and remain flexible with changing needs Must be motivated and able to work under tight deadlines Attention to detail, safety and good laboratory practice Ability to communicate/present work and analysis to audiences with diverse technical backgrounds Work in partnership with other scientists (molecular biologists, computational biologists, and analytical scientists) to meet company goals/milestones Are curious, creative and tenacious Model our core values and believe in our mission Preferred Qualifications4 or more years’ experience in microbial fermentation process developmentPrevious experience in startup or lean environment for biotech R&D Physical DemandsRemaining in a seated or standing position for extended periods Performing repetitive tasks with hands, fingers, and wrists Use of standard lab PPE (lab coats, safety glasses and gloves) Ability to lift up to ~10kg (~22 pounds) Position TypeFull-time position Travel No Work AuthorizationThe ability to legally work in Canada (as a citizen, resident or holding a current and valid work permit) at time of hire Benefits and PerksCompetitive compensation package commensurate with experience Paid vacation and eligibility to participate in company bonus and stock option plans Healthcare benefits – medical, vision, dental Flexible schedule Opportunities for professional development Snacks, and company/team wide social events Equal Opportunity Employment Willow Biosciences is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. Job ID: 43440094
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