Pivot Bio

Scientist, Microbiologist: Pivot Bio, Berkeley, CA

Date: August 9, 2018

About Pivot Bio

Fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the microbiome, Pivot Bio is pioneering game-changing advances in crop nutrition. Our proprietary ON Technology™ harnesses the power of naturally occurring microbes to give crops increased access to key nutrients. It’s a smart, sustainable way for farmers to improve yield as they work to help feed the world’s growing population.

We are seeking a Scientist to join our pre-commercial product development team to support formulation testing and to lead the development of robust and scalable fermentation processes for pre-commercial strains.  This includes ensuring the fitness and stability of the microbial product through all stages of fermentation and downstream processing. The incumbent will work closely with our strain discovery and plant biology teams and will be an integral part of our strain selection committee.

Responsibilities of this new role include:

  • Works as an integral part of our pre-commercial team to achieve project goals
  • Develops and conduct assays and screens to test microbial fitness at various processes, stages, and in different bioformulations
  • Develops and conducts experiments on panels of media to determine optimal growth of selected strains
  • Develops and conducts assays for high throughput screening of strains for robustness and fermentability
  • Manages team of Senior Research Associates and/or Research Associates

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in the field of microbiology, food science, biological science or related fields with 1-4 years industry of experience, or M.S. with 6+ years’ industry experience
  • Strong understanding of microbial growth and fermentation under various media and conditions
  • Strong statistical background preferred
  • Prior experience in developing high throughput assays for media screening preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Data organization and reporting using computer-based applications
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