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PMI Molecular Biology Research Associate

Company: Joyn Bio
Location: Woodland
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Job Description:

Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks dedicated to addressing unmet needs in agriculture by applying synthetic biology approaches to engineer microbes. By engineering crop-colonizing microbes, we can develop a new class of biologicals that are sustainable and reach unprecedented levels of performance and reliability.ObjectiveJoyn Bio is looking for a Research Associate to support analysis of colonization as part of our Plant Microbe Interaction Platform. The successful candidate will contribute to developing and performing high throughput nucleic acid-based detection assays and screens, including extractions and qPCR to detect strains in greenhouse and field trial samples. ResponsibilitiesPurify nucleic acids from cultured cells, plant and soil samplesPerform routine qPCR and RT-qPCR with possible expansion to other technologies such as microscopy, plate assays (fluorescence/absorbance), LAMP, or similarCulture and enumerate microbe strains to support QC and analysis pipelinesAssist in collecting and processing samples for downstream analysisContribute to pipeline optimization through conducting studies aimed at increasing throughput and data qualityParticipate in the implementation of laboratory automation aimed at increasing throughput of our qPCR production platformAccurately and thoroughly document work and communicate resultsTraining/ExperienceB.S. (or equivalent degree and experience) in molecular biology, microbiology, or related discipline with minimum 5 years of industry experienceMolecular biology techniques - qPCR, DNA extraction and quantification, gel electrophoresis, using various liquid handlers, high throughput formats. Protein extraction and analysis experience a plus.Microbiology techniques - sterile technique, serial dilutions, dilution plating, aseptic sample handling, light microscopyFluorescence microscopy and plate reader experience a plus.Experience with molecular detection and quantification of microbes in plant tissues is desirableExperience with laboratory automation solutions is highly desirableExcellent attention to detail, flexibility, strong communication skills, and team-player attitude are essential. Must be able to work independently to support departmental needs across a broad range of duties and scientific techniques.OrganizationalWill report to PMI Scientist II LocationThis position will be based at our Woodland, CA site and will require minimal travel

Keywords: Joyn Bio, Woodland , PMI Molecular Biology Research Associate, Other , Woodland, California

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