Associate Scientist 2, Fermentation Lab Operations
 Emeryville, CA
The Associate Scientist will design and execute fermentation experiments in support of our R&D deliverables.  The successful candidate will contribute toward strain and process improvement in a fast paced, team-oriented research operations setting.  


  • Collaborate on experimental design and sample analysis.
  • Set up and operate bench-scale bioreactors and associated software.
  • Carry out microbial fermentations using various strains, feedstocks, and protocols.
  • Sample bioreactors and prepare samples for further analysis.
  • Evaluate and maintain fermentation data in the databases.
  • Troubleshoot laboratory failures and implement corrective actions.
  • Apply organizational and creative skills to improve lab operations.
  • Provide input for quality and efficiency improvement opportunities.
  • Maintain safe practices and work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • BA/BS in biology, life sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering or related field.
  • 2 years of experience in a Biological laboratory, Fermentation experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with concepts in statistics, tools to analyze data (JMP, Minitab, R, Spotfire) and quality principles such as 5S and Lean.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.
  • Capability to manage multiple independent processes and experiments within a single day including scheduling instrumentation and preparing reagents and material.
  • Attention to detail and careful record keeping skills.
  • Working in cross-disciplinary, collaborative teams
  • Tenacity in pursuing objectives to completion correctly and on time. 
  • Weekend work is mandatory.  Occasional overtime is required.
  • Embrace Amyris Core Values. 

Amyris, a leader in industrial synthetic biology, uses its innovative bioscience solutions to achieve renewable products by converting plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules. Amyris’ molecules are used in wide range of specialty & performance chemicals, flavors & fragrances and in applications ranging from cosmetics to biofuels. Learn more at

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