Sr. Research Associate / Research Scientist I Posted May 04
Genomatica , San Diego, CA (San Diego)
Title: Senior RA / Research Scientist, Systems Biology
Department: Operations and Analytics - 370

Position Summary

Genomatica develops commercial biobased processes to make widely-used chemicals that enable better, more sustainable everyday products. That enables our partners and leading brands to offer better food packaging, auto parts, clothing, tires, carpets, and more.

We’ve commercialized processes for bio-BDO (for plastics) and for biobased butylene glycol (for cosmetics); and our technology drives the world’s first commercial-scale biobased plant for a major intermediate chemical. We’re working on polyamide intermediates (nylon) and on butadiene (tires); and we’re helping numerous companies with their bioprocesses. We have more on the way.

Genomatica is seeking a highly motivated and creative Senior Research Associate/ Research Scientist to lead and develop Genomatica’s next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform, a critical component of Genomatica’s systems bioengineering workflow for designing, executing and analyzing systems-level experiments critical to driving improvement of our microbial strains for renewable chemical production. The ideal candidate will play a significant hands-on technical role in leading the development and application of new and existing next-generation sequencing (NGS) – based workflows for generating global ‘omics data such as whole genome sequencing, transcriptomics, and high-throughput genotyping and phenotyping. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to interface with multidisciplinary project teams and contribute broadly across the development of Genomatica’s platform technology to guide the design of commercial cell factories for sustainable products. Candidates who can demonstrate success in technical knowledge, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought are desired. This position is located in San Diego, CA.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work with other NGS team members to execute established NGS workflows and deliver high quality results in a rapid and consistent manner.
Lead development and application of new protocols for generating systems level data including metabolomics, DNA/RNA isolation, DNAseq and RNAseq library preps, QC, qPCR, metagenomics from diverse microorganisms.
Interface with cross-functional team members to identify, design, and implement NGS-based workflows that address core R&D needs in high-throughput genotyping and phenotyping.
Work closely with Automation Engineers to innovate and implement automated NGS workflows to increase throughput and reduce hands-on time.
Work closely with Data scientists to contribute to the primary analysis of data generated from omics workflows. Implement and own the system to track data QC across each step of the workflow, identify and execute strategies to continually improve data quality and workflow efficiency.
Serve as subject matter expert in NGS and omics technologies, stay abreast of latest technology developments and identify appropriate workflows and technologies for in-house development. Lead the evaluation, justification, and operation of additional sequencing technologies and sequencers.
Responsible for maintaining and running in-house sequencing operations, coordinating runs with project teams, preparing samples for sequencing, and serving as point of contact for instrument troubleshooting.
May supervise other personnel involved in sampling, sample processing, and running the MiSeq.
Sample fermentation tanks and small-scale experiments and prepare samples for various omics evaluations.
Qualifications & Experience

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required in order satisfactorily perform in this role.


M.S. or B.S. in in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, biochemical engineering, and/or the life sciences or related field, and 4+ years industry experience. A PhD with relevant graduate work and 0-2 years industry experience will also be considered


Hands-on experience in NGS-based workflows in either industrial or academic setting for at least 2 years.

Minimum Competencies and Skills

2+ years experience running and maintaining an Illumina sequencer (MiSeq, HiSeq, NextSeq etc), and preparing DNAseq and RNAseq libraries
Proficiency with standard molecular biology and/or microbiology protocols, particularly nucleic acid extraction and analysis
Detail oriented, highly organized, and able to see all aspects and viewpoints of a situation.
Excellent organization and communication skills (both written and oral).
Able to collaborate, adjust and thrive in a fast paced, dynamic, team driven work environment.
Desirable Competencies and Skills

Working knowledge of bioinformatics tools to process and analyze next-generation sequencing data
Apply and develop protocols on automated liquid handling and assay systems such as the Tecan Freedom Evo, Labcyte Echo, Lynx, Fragment Analyzer, Bioanylzer for automating routine sample processing tasks (eg. QC, library prep)
Experience culturing a variety of micro-organisms including bacteria, yeast, or mammalian cell culture
Work Environment/ Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Genomatica is committed to providing exciting career opportunities in an environment that values trust, respect, openness, teamwork, creativity, enthusiasm, and diligence. We strive to create a culture that enables and encourages everyone to bring their whole selves to work. We are committed to be a company where everyone feels they have equal opportunity to reach their potential. Everyone is accepted and appreciated for who they are and what they bring to Genomatica.

We promote the continued development of an inclusive environment that values diversity through Geno4All, our employee led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. We are looking for innovative, highly motivated, and collaborative people who enjoy the challenges and rewards of a company devoted to commercializing cutting-edge sustainable technology.

Check us out on our LinkedIn Life page. Genomatica is an equal opportunity employer.

Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

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