Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Microbial Physiologist position at Sapphire Energy

Microbial Physiologist

Sapphire Energy is a venture capital-backed company developing next generation biofuels based on recent advances in metabolic engineering. The company's focus is the commercialization of high performance, low cost, and low carbon footprint biofuels that are direct replacements for conventional gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. We are seeking an exceptional microbial physiologist to join our Microbiology staff in San Diego, CA. Requirements * Doctoral degree in microbiology, biology, molecular biology, experimental evolution or related field plus at least one year post- doctoral experience. * Experience in microbial physiology is essential: * Significant experience with methods for characterizing and understanding growth properties * Capable of rapidly analyzing large data sets; experience with programming languages / statistical software * Experience with microalgae a plus. * Strong leadership and organizational skills. * This position will work closely with both research and development. The ability to concisely and effectively communicate results will be extremely important. * Ability to participate in interdisciplinary teams. * Critical thinking and problem solving skills. * Demonstrated ability to independently design, execute, troubleshoot and interpret experiments. * Proficiency in written and oral presentations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: * Physiological characterization of strains of algae under a variety of conditions. * Identification of growth conditions that optimize growth of algal strains of interest. * Creativity and the ability to work within and lead a team in order to achieve technical and corporate milestones. * Collaborate with section-level peers. * Provide example of professionalism and proficiency for the laboratory staff. Sapphire offers very competitive compensation packages including bonuses and equity, as well as full benefit packages, which include health, dental, vision insurance, 401k, and paid time off. To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to human.resources@sapphireenergy.com and reference Microbial Physiologist in the subject line.

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