Senior Fungal Microbiologist

Boston MA /
Microbial Engineering /
Full-time
Joyn Bio is a joint venture between Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks dedicated to addressing unmet needs in agriculture by applying synthetic biology to engineer microbes.

Objective

    • Joyn Bio is looking for a Senior fungal Microbiologist who will contribute to the development and screening R&D processes aimed at characterizing and engineering fungal microorganisms for large scale commercial agriculture applications.

Responsibilities

    • Ideate, design and execute experiments to characterize growth, domesticate and screen various fungal organisms. 
    • Work closely with the Head of Microbial Engineering and Program Directors to develop a fungal engineering strategy that is aligned with defined objectives and drive the technical strategy on a day-to-day basis.
    • Innovate and advance methods for increasing efficiency of fungal engineering and screening through development and implementation of HTP technologies to enhance Joyn Bio engineering platform and capabilities.
    • Collaborate with the Microbial Engineering, Plant Microbe Interaction, Bioprocessing Formulation and Downstream Processing, Digital Sciences and Technology and Regulatory teams to develop commercially relevant processes. 
    • Draft and manage Technical Project Plans in collaboration with research partners and CROs. 
    • Support the Business Development and Alliance departments by identifying, evaluating and implementing new platform and technology strategies.
    • Manage and mentor a team of 3-5 scientists with varying levels of experience.

Training/Experience

    • PhD with 5+ years (or MS with 8+ years) of industrial experience in microbiology, microbial physiology, molecular biology and/or related fields is required for consideration.
    • Extensive experience with culturing and domesticating agriculturally relevant and/or plant associated fungi is necessary.
    • Proven track record and passion for developing and building HTP screening platforms.
    • Must be a detail oriented, highly organized, and collaborative self-starter with excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
    • Supervisory and project management experience highly desired.

Organizational

    • Will report into the Head of Microbial Engineering.
    • Lead a team of scientists and research associates.
    • Some time dedicated to working at the bench is necessary.

Location

    • This position will be based at our Boston, Massachusetts site, and will require minimal travel.