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DNA Assembly Research Associate, LanzaTech, Skokie, IL

Company Overview

Mission-driven LanzaTech is a revolutionary solution to climate change, capturing pollution to clean our skies and oceans and create new high value products for a sustainable future. LanzaTech captures pollution to make fuels and chemicals, including sustainable jet fuel and products you use every day. The technology is like retrofitting a brewery onto an emission source like a steel mill or a landfill site, but instead of using sugars and yeast to make beer, pollution is converted by biology to fuels and chemicals! Imagine a day when your plane is powered by recycled emissions, when your yoga pants started life as pollution from a steel mill. This future is possible using LanzaTech technology.

  • 2021 Biofuels Digest #1 Hottest Company in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials
  • 2020 Biofuels Digest #3 Best Company to work for in the Advanced Bioeconomy
  • 2020 Fast Company World Changing Company
  • 2020 CNBC #43 on Top 50 Disrupter Companies list
  • 2019 Chicago Innovation Awards Winner
  • 2019 Fortune Magazine – Change the World – Companies to watch
  • 2019 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award
  • LanzaTech is committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion as part of our mission, culture & core values

This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

About the Role

LanzaTech is looking for a motivated, high energy, well-organized, collaborative Research Associate to support its high throughput DNA assembly pipeline.

  • This person will work on a cross-functional team to support projects with their DNA assembly needs
  • The Research Associate will work with the Automation team to develop, execute and optimize DNA assembly methods
  • They will conduct their work collaboratively across multiple projects and functional teams


  • Follow all safety requirements for working in the offices and laboratories, including completing any required training
  • Maintain a clean and functional laboratory space
  • Assist in the upkeep of laboratory reagents and stock supplies to run experiments
  • Enter and update data in LIMS systems
  • Daily running and maintenance of LanzaTech’s DNA assembly automated platform
  • Attend and participate in Automation and Synthetic Biology group meetings as well as relevant project updates with partners
  • Present findings and developments both internally to LanzaTech teams and externally to partners
  • Use of laboratory management systems, in-house experimental design tools, and computational tools to improve efficiency in design, execution, and interpretation of experiments
  • Assist in both training and development support of DNA assembly-related software tools



  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Synthetic Biology, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, or a related field
  • Knowledgeable with cutting edge DNA assembly methods
  • Experience using automated DNA assembly methods and equipment
  • Strong organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience writing reports and manuscripts
  • Experience giving oral presentations
  • High attention to detail and careful record-keeping
  • Independent and highly self-motivated
  • Excellent communication skills and a desire to work collaboratively in a team
  • Awareness of safety issues in the work environment
  • Strong computer literacy with Microsoft Office, SharePoint, or equivalent applications


  • User level experience with Hamilton Venus
  • Experience with DNA CAD and LIMS systems
  • Ability to conduct research independently and manage multiple tasks in parallel


  • LanzaTech Headquarters
  • Skokie, IL USA

Apply now: https://lanzatech.applytojob.com/apply/liW2E7nlAF/DNA-Assembly-Research-Associate

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