Strain Development Scientist

Job Description
Gevo, Inc. is an exciting, team-oriented company that is pioneering the advanced green energy industry. We are looking for a Strain Development Scientist, based in Englewood, Colorado. This position will closely interact with the Biocatalyst Development and Fermentation Development teams to develop and test effective biocatalysts for the production of biofuels and biochemicals. This position will work with the Biocatalyst Development team to quantitatively characterize and iteratively improve new biocatalysts and to develop biocatalysts to meet performance targets.

Requirements include:

? At minimum a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Genetics, Industrial Microbiology or related discipline;

? At minimum 1-2 years of experience in industrial or professional (NOT academic) setting, solving industrial problems;

? Experience in collecting and analyzing data from laboratory operations (including cloning, clone verification, fermentation, and quantitative analysis of strains) to provide direction for optimal strain and process development;

? Experience in designing, performing and analyzing data from fermentations at the bench scale;

? Broad technical knowledge in the area of microbial fermentation, microbial physiology and molecular biology;

? Specialized knowledge including aseptic technique, microbial physiology and biochemistry, fermentation principles and operation, basic PC skills, culture maintenance;

? Excellent communication and good interpersonal/teamwork skills are required;

? Proven self-starter, must be able to work independently with minimal supervision;

? Demonstrates curiosity and imagination in identifying and applying new ideas.

? Overcomes obstacles in order to complete project(s).

? Asks probing and clarifying questions to ensure understanding.

? Develops basic understanding of the content of internal/external information resources, including the ability to evaluate, filter and use the information to address work issues. This includes review of technical literature for new project ideas as well as improving current projects.

? Prepare and deliver information in a concise, professionally written format.

? Prepare and present information to staff in a formal and informal setting.

? Finds ways to improve and sustain project efficiency by analyzing problems and suggesting alternatives.

? Direct/coordinate work among teams, groups, etc.

? Develop and/or create new or more effective ideas, approaches, etc.

? Develop and/or create methods, procedures, training documents, etc.

? Develop and formulate short-range plans/decisions.

? Analyze and develop solutions to problems.

? Computer skills, including Windows and Microsoft Office, in particular Excel.

? Organizational skills and ability to keep data and observations organized in a technical
notebook that is updated daily.

? Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

? Working conditions will include a well-equipped laboratory and may involve use of hazardous chemicals.

? Some flexible work time is required as dictated by experiments.

Responsibilities include:

? Strong attention to detail in all work product(s).

? Develop and analyze targets to improve biocatalyst performance. This includes identifying targets, cloning and/or mutant construction, clone verification, and quantitative analysis of resulting strains.

? Conduct experiments using mutagenesis and screening and/or selection to improve biocatalyst properties.

? Analyze and characterize biocatalyst strains for desired properties.

? Using a strong quantitative analysis, provide insight into experimental plans and findings in key projects.

? Work with peers and management to define pertinent experiments, develop protocols, collect and analyze resultant data within agreed time lines.

? Set up, execute, and thoroughly document (in a technical notebook) experiments.

? Collect, process, and organize data and report results, both in writing (technical reports) and orally (meetings).

? Work with analytical chemists to identify and develop analytical protocols; review data for anomalies that may affect results; ensure that analytical information is valid and useful. Perform routine analytical techniques without supervision.

? Utilize experience and observations to capture knowledge from experiments and communicate the knowledge to supervisor and colleagues. Communicate technical results in written and oral format and actively participate in regular technical review meetings to critically evaluate project progress and alternative approaches.

? Routine maintenance and troubleshooting of lab instrumentation.

? Conduct troubleshooting experiments, order and audit supplies for own projects and for the team.

? Search for ways to continuously improve techniques and procedures.

? Make progress on multiple projects simultaneously. Demonstrate ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment.

? Independently applies a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problems. Maintains broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.

Gevo offers a competitive compensation package. If interested, please submit a letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to or fax to 303-379-6630.



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