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This is a fantastic opportunity to get in at the earliest stages of a synthetic biology company and guide the development of genetically modified crops to address important industrial and humanitarian problems.


  • Design and lead experiments, interpret results and troubleshoot experiment hurdles
  • Creation of various expression vector systems which can workable in prokaryotes such as cyanobacteria using synthetic biology tools
  • Optimization of cyanobacterial transformation methods
  • Creation of transgenic lines using various transformation techniques including natural transformation, electroporation, lipofection etc.
  • Selection/confirmation of positive lines and maintenance of the transgenic lines. Regularly monitoring the lines using PCR or Southern blot
  • Quantification of expressed proteins from the transformant lines using densitometry assay with western blot or ELISA
  • Purification of the expressed protein using FPLC for the in vitro activity test
  • Regular report on the progress


  • 3 or more years Industry experience, working in an R&D leadership role
  • Ph.D. in plant/algal/cyanobacteria molecular biology, or related field
  • Maintain good records for everyday works and planning/designing/reporting for each experiment/project.
  • Familiarity with prokaryotic expression system of recombinant peptides/proteins, such as chloroplasts or cyanobacteria, transformation vector construction, bombardment, PEG-based transformation.
  • Have a proven track record of success in cyanobacteria transformation and characterization of the expressed proteins
  • Proficiency in core molecular biology experiment skills such as (assembly) cloning, genome editing, various PCR techniques, Southern blot, western blot, ELISA, FPLS etc.
  • Bioinformatics – high throughput data analysis
  • Protein expression, purification and quantification
  • Protein structure analysis and modification


  • Health/Vision/Dental Insurance
  • PTO and holiday time off
  • 401k
  • Equity


Alameda, CA

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