Associate Director, Strain and Metabolic Engineering

Morrisville, NC
Technology – Molecular Biology /
About DMC
DMC is a biotechnology company based in Boulder, CO, and Research Triangle Park, NC. Our Dynamic Metabolic Control™ technology platform delivers robust and predictably scalable biocatalysts resulting in cost competitive and sustainable processes for everyday chemicals. We are a multi-product bio-based chemical company, working ingeniously to reduce the cost and the environmental impact of biochemicals for markets in animal feed, human nutrition, pharmaceutical materials, and chemical intermediates.

The Role
We are seeking an Assistant Director or Principal Scientist to lead research efforts aimed at the engineering of microbial strains for the production of a wide variety of products. The candidate should have experience with both Strain Engineering and Metabolic Engineering in microbial hosts as an individual contributor, including preparing and executing technical plans. Moreover, a successful candidate should possess good leadership skills and have experience managing teams (i.e. several reports) and R&D projects. This position will report to our VP of R&D.

Participate in the evaluation of new product opportunities and assessment of technical risk
In collaboration with the VP of R&D and other leadership, design and manage processes for continuous improvement in product development
Prepare execute, and oversee technical plans 
Evaluate team experimental designs for technical soundness and fit with company objectives 
Provide coaching to team members on experimental design and data analysis
Maintain quality of technology team processes and methods and oversee data quality, document management and access
Participate in project team meetings as a technical expert 
Work closely with the Project Management Office to ensure tasks are completed and overall objectives are met

Required Qualifications  
PhD in Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Metabolic Engineering or related scientific or engineering field and at least 5 years of relevant leadership experience
Must have relevant industrial experience
Demonstrated experience leading teams and projects involving engineered microbes, laboratory automation, and manipulation of large data sets
Quantitative, data-driven analysis of experimental results and an analytical mind-set
Experience in drafting and revising technical plans, detailed methods, SOPs and protocols
Experience managing several direct and indirect reports
Ability to effectively work in cross-disciplinary teams
Must be a self-starter, motivated, scientifically curious, and collaborative
Available to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
Able to travel up to 15% of the time to work with teams at our other locations or to our manufacturing sites

Preferred qualifications
Experience in Industrial Biotechnology

$135,000 - $155,000 a year
Commensurate with Experience
Some benefits we are proud to offer:
Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance at 90% coverage of premium for employee and 80% for dependent
Company Equity
Short- and Long-Term Disability
Basic Life Insurance and AD&D coverage
401K Matching
Paid Holidays
Flexible Time Off Policy
Wellness subsidy of $1,000 per year available after 6 months of employment
Many other voluntarybenefits available through TriNet

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We're actively taking steps to make sure our culture is inclusive and that our processes and practices promote equity for all, including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome and encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other historically marginalized groups.

Research shows that women and people of color tend not to apply to jobs unless they believe they are 100% qualified and apply to fewer senior-level positions. With that in mind, we encourage you to apply if you're not sure whether you meet our qualifications. We'd love to have the opportunity to consider you.