Research Associate II/Senior Research Associate - Strain Optimization

at Andes Ag


Full Time

United States

Knowledge fields

Andes is harnessing the power of microbes to develop novel seeds for a future generation of regenerative agriculture.

We are seeking a motivated, outstanding and dynamic Senior Research Associate to join our team to develop the next generation of seeds for agriculture. The Senior Research Associate will play multiple roles within the R&D group with an emphasis on the optimization of non-model microorganisms.


  • Design and optimization of bacteria transformation protocols.
  • Design and build plasmids for strain manipulations.
  • Design and implement a combination of specific CRISPR/Cas9 and traditional transformation.
  • Mutagenesis of selected strains.
  • Analysis of transformants and mutants for desired phenotypes and genotypes.
  • Conduct experiments independently.
  • Prepare and submit samples for DNA sequencing and interpret the resulting data.
  • Interpretation, statistical analysis and reporting of experimental data in a timely manner.
  • Maintain viable stocks of improved strains.
  • Maintain timely and detailed documentation of work.
  • Mentor and train other team members as required.
  • Contribute intellectually to strain optimization efforts.
  • Track relevant IP, literature, technological developments in scientific literature and give presentations as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • BS or higher degree in Bacteria Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology, Microbial Genetics or a related discipline, with 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with plasmid design (including genetic engineering software) and construction.
  • Experience with CRISPR/Cas9 and traditional transformation techniques in bacteria.
  • Experience with PCR.
  • Experience with DNA and protein electrophoresis.
  • Experience with enzyme assays.
  • Experience with genomic sequence analysis and interpretation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desirable Experience

  • Detailed knowledge on atmospheric nitrogen fixation carried out by free-living bacteria.
  • Experience in the field of plant-microbe interaction.
  • Strain screening experience.
  • Experience in bioinformatics, genomics and transcriptomics.
  • Experience with automation.
  • Detailed knowledge of microbial physiology/biochemistry.
  • Data organization and reporting with Microsoft Excel, R or Tableau.

The applicant must be authorized to work in the U.S.

What we offer

  • Competitive package in an early-stage, disruptive startup.
  • Stock options.