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SCIENTIST / SENIOR SCIENTIST – SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Organization
Volta Labs Inc
Job Location
501 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
Benefits

COMPANY BENEFITS

  • Generous equity, competitive salary and robust healthcare benefits.

  • Collaborative and friendly environment with an opportunity to break things, build, learn and invent across many fields. In the process, contribute to the IP generation of the company.

Job Description

SCIENTIST / SENIOR SCIENTIST – SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

VOLTA LABS, Cambridge, MA, USA


THE OPPORTUNITY

We are in the process of gathering people with an interdisciplinary mindset to form the foundations of what will become the company over the next few years. You will come on board as an early member of the team and grow with our organization. You will work collaboratively with a team of engineers, biologists and scientists and take responsibility for the design, development and optimization of various biological applications on Volta’s proprietary digital fluidic platform. 


THE TEAM

You’ll join a team where everyone—including you—is not afraid to go into unexplored territories across many fields to develop assays for our automation system. We are an incredibly supportive team–we love to pitch in when problems arise and give great peer feedback to help each other grow. We are passionate about lots of things--automation, biology, computation, robotics, fabrication, industrial design, great user experience for customers--and we love sharing those passions with each other. You'll be a key driver of instilling these values in our new Cambridge office and play a big role in helping grow the team.


WITHIN 1 MONTH, YOU'LL

  • Get a good hold of our automation system and its capabilities for biological applications. This will involve day to day experimental work on a prototype platform for a couple of core applications.

  • Help our engineering team solve critical issues with the core technology development.

  • Share feedback with the engineering on the prototype performance.


WITHIN 3 MONTHS, YOU'LL

  • Optimize assay parameters for the initial core applications.

  • Explore other potential applications and estimate related technical scope and development time.

  • Become familiar with the requirements gathered from our early access customers and translate their workflows on Volta’s platform.

  • Collaborate with engineering and product leadership to define priorities and set delivery goals.


WITHIN 6 MONTHS, YOU'LL

  • Deliver data on biological relevant performance metrics generated on the Volta instrument to early access customers.

  • Work with the customer at their site to deploy the assay you developed on Volta’s platform.

  • Define priorities for new feature development in collaboration with the engineering team.

  • Develop strategy for balancing R&D efforts in new application development and support of existing customers for the current applications.


WITHIN 12 MONTHS, YOU'LL

  • Individually contribute and lead a team to develop new applications and support existing customers.

  • Work closely with leadership to define future applications and features

  • Invent and generate IP for the company.

  • Participate in interviewing and hiring, as a way to influence team growth and how our values inform our culture.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • PhD in Synthetic Biology, Biological Engineering, Molecular Biology or related field

  • 2 or more years in a biotechnology / life sciences company or academic equivalent experience

  • Strong experience with molecular and cellular biology techniques: plasmid design and purification, gene assembly, organism engineering, design for bacterial and mammalian systems, cell-based as well as cell-free cloning

  • Familiarity with laboratory automation system and enthusiasm for working on evolving prototypes

  • Strong understanding of the synthetic biology market

  • Enthusiasm and demonstrated skills and aptitude for leading and executing independent experimental R&D projects

  • Ability to work in a fast-based start-up work environment with ability to adjust workload based upon changing priorities

  • Ability to thrive in a multidisciplinary team environment

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
to clearly articulate ideas, protocols and concepts with biologists, engineers and non-scientists.

  • Excellent organization and task planning skills and capability for multi-tasking 

  • Good communication, interpersonal, teamwork, and supervisory skills 

  • Self-starter who requires minimal supervision to be productive


Desired:

  • Experience with gene editing

  • Experience with enzymatic DNA synthesis

  • Experience with microfluidics technology

  • Employment experience in a small company setting

  • Customer facing experience

  • Working knowledge in surface chemistry and / or polymer chemistry

About Our Organization

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Volta Labs, Inc. (https://www.voltalabs.co) is an MIT spin-off company that makes programmable fluidic chips for biological automation. We are a transdisciplinary team combining engineering, surface chemistry and biology to enable next generation of automation for genomics and genetic engineering.

 

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