Research Associate - Molecular and Microbiology Contractor

Woodland CA /
Plant Science /
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.


    • Support laboratory molcular biology and microbiology functions


    • Purify nucleic acids from cultured cells, plant, and soil samples
    • Perform routine qPCR with possible expansion to other technologies such as microscopy, plate reader (fluorescence/absorbance), LAMP, or similar
    • Culture and enumerate microbe strains to support QC and analysis pipelines
    • Assist in collecting and processing samples for downstream analysis.
    • Accurately and thoroughly document work and communicate results 
    • Contribute to maintaining a clean, safe, and orderly work environment.


    • B.S. (or equivalent degree and experience) in molecular biology, microbiology or related discipline with minimum 2 years of industry experience
    • Molecular 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, dilution plating, aseptic sample handling, light microscopy
    • Fluorescence microscopy and plate reader experience a plus.
    • Excellent 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.
    • Safely lift 40 lbs.


    • This is a contract position through one of our partner agencies.
    • This position reports to the Plant Science department at our Woodland CA site.