We’re Hiring!

C16 Biosciences uses microbial fermentation to convert sustainable carbon streams into lipids which match or beat the performance of palm oil. We’re looking for talented fermentation engineers, process engineers, and food scientists/cosmetic chemists to join us in using biology to disrupt one of the largest drivers of climate change.

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you. Contact us: careers@c16bio.com.

 
 

Scientist, Molecular and Synthetic Biology

C16 Biosciences seeks an outstanding scientist and technologist to lead synthetic biology R&D towards providing a sustainable solution to an urgent environmental problem.

C16 Biosciences makes lab-grown palm oil. Palm oil is a bedrock component of the modern economy ($60B/yr market size, found in 50% of consumer goods), but its production drives massive amounts of deforestation, extinction, and greenhouse gas emissions. We provide a sustainable alternative to palm oil by using microbial fermentation to convert sustainable carbon streams into lipids which match or beat the performance of palm oil.  We are a Y Combinator and venture capital backed company based in Somerville, MA. 

The successful candidate will spearhead efforts to develop next-generation strains and oils which deliver value to our customers.  The candidate will command a substantial laboratory budget and have technical independence. The successful candidate will also participate in “rapid prototyping” of end product formulations, and gain exposure to venture capital financing and entrepreneurial science.
Minimum requirements:

  • PhD in a relevant technical field (Chemical Biology, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, etc.)

  • >3 years experience working in a wetlab environment

  • Proficiency in or ability to quickly learn standard methods of molecular and chemical biology: PCR, gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning, microbial transformation (electroporation, etc.), microbial culture and fermentation, gas chromatography / mass spectrometry

  • Comfortable with scientific computing and data analysis (MATLAB or Python preferred)

  • Self-starter who thrives in independent work environments

  • Effective communicator, both within a collaborative scientific team and in communicating science to a non-technical audience

Preferred requirements:

  • PhD or postdoctoral research in yeast metabolic engineering

  • First-author peer reviewed publication(s) demonstrating engineering of biological systems for designed function

  • Previous experience in a startup or industrial research environment

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Senior Scientist, Fermentation

C16 Biosciences seeks an outstanding chemical engineer to lead our fermentation-based bioprocess efforts and to successfully scale this process from the bench to demonstration scale.

C16 Biosciences makes lab-grown palm oil. Palm oil is a bedrock component of the modern economy ($60B/yr market size, found in 50% of consumer goods), but its production drives massive amounts of deforestation, extinction, and greenhouse gas emissions. We provide a sustainable alternative to palm oil by using microbial fermentation to convert sustainable carbon streams into lipids which match or beat the performance of palm oil.  We are a Y Combinator and venture capital backed company based in Somerville, MA. 

The successful candidate will lead the development, optimization, and scaling of our full bioprocess. The primary focus in this role will be to lead the fermentation of sustainable carbon streams using C16 Biosciences’ proprietary microbial strains.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead, design and execute fermentation optimization and scale up experiments

  • Prioritize, plan and direct projects to ensure cost-effective and scalable bioprocess

  • Develop and optimize conditions for product validation

  • Define and analyze data from fermentation runs, incorporating results to improve bioprocess

  • Optimize lipid extraction and purification from fermented biomass

  • Manage downstream processing and derivatization of microbial oils

  • Lead scale up of bioprocess and transfer to manufacturing, including development of and effective application of SOPs

  • Proactively identify new partnerships and grow existing relationships with CMOs

  • Develop and manage technology transfer to guarantee effective, accurate high-impact CMO pilots

Requirements:

  • Degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Engineering, or related field

  • >5 years experience working on fermentation bioprocess development

  • Proficiency in or ability to quickly learn relevant technical skills, including: microbial culture and fermentation, analytical chemistry (e.g. gas chromatography/mass spectrometry), cell disruption and product recovery (e.g. homogenization and lyophilization)

  • Comfortable with scientific computing and data analysis (MATLAB or Python preferred)

  • Self-starter who thrives in independent work environments

  • Effective communicator, both within a collaborative scientific team and in communicating science to a non-technical audience

Preferred requirements:

  • PhD or postdoctoral research in oleaginous bioprocess development

  • First-author peer reviewed publication(s) demonstrating pilot scale (>10L batch) fermentation of a commercially relevant bioproduct

  • Deep knowledge and experience in extraction of microbial oils

  • Previous experience in a startup or industrial research environment