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Research Associate (Microbiology)


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Research Associate (Microbiology)

At Ascus Biosciences


About us:
Ascus Biosciences is focused on generating novel microbial products for the Agricultural

industry. Their main focus is to generate products to improve livestock health and

performance. We are an innovative company, and therefore flexibility

and enthusiasm for learning new roles will be rewarded.


The Role:

You will be a level II Microbiologist with knowledge of molecular biology. Isolating, characterizing and analyzing novel microorganisms that are members of various microbiomes for next generation microbial products will be the primary focus of the job. The position will also perform molecular biology in the form of DNA extractions and PCR’s when needed.


  • BS with 3+yrs / MS 1+yrs experience in the field of Biology. (Work concentrated in the Microbial/Microbiome field is preferred)

  • Knowledge of molecular biology and how it correlates to microbial cultivation.

  • Proficiency in various anaerobic and aerobic isolation and culturing techniques from heterogeneous samples.

  • Ability to communicate findings clearly and efficiently.

  • Must work well independently and as an integral part of a team.

  • Must be resourceful.

  • Flexibility or willingness to work on either the microbiology of molecular teams.

  • Experience in anaerobic isolation of novel organisms a plus.


Other Requirements:

  • May be required to travel up to 15% of the time.

  • Should be capable of walking, bending, and prolonged sitting and/or standing during work hours

You Will:

  • Have a strong grasp on basic microbiology techniques (i.e. sterile technique, plating cells on agar plates, serial dilutions)

  • Have a broad understanding of known/characterized microbial diversity

  • You will have a basic knowledge of microbial metabolism

  • Have experience Isolating and cultivating novel aerobic and anaerobic microbes

  • Develop new media formulations for cultivation of specific species from heterogeneous mixtures of microorganisms

  • Have experience in media compilation and optimization for cultured isolates

  • Assist in the design and execution of experiments

  • Have experience in the processing of new environmental samples

  • Travel to supervise and administer field trials (Internationally and within the U.S.)

  • Communicate findings and data to other team members and department leads.

  • Update and maintain databases

  • Maintain an up to date and well organized lab book

  • Upkeep lab equipment

  • Have experience in DNA extractions and PCR

What We Can Offer:

  • 95% of your medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as 75% of dependents

  • 401K

  • Competitive PTO and sick leave programs

  • Wellness reimbursement, plus an on-site gym in our office


Ascus Biosciences is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.

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