Research Associate, Metabolic Engineering

LanzaTech | Industry | Skokie, IL | More →

Company Overview

Mission-driven LanzaTech is a revolutionary solution to climate change, capturing pollution to clean our skies and oceans and create new high value products for a sustainable future. LanzaTech captures pollution to make fuels and chemicals, including sustainable jet fuel and products you use every day. The technology is like retrofitting a brewery onto an emission source like a steel mill or a landfill site, but instead of using sugars and yeast to make beer, pollution is converted by biology to fuels and chemicals! Imagine a day when your plane is powered by recycled emissions, when your yoga pants started life as pollution from a steel mill. This future is possible using LanzaTech technology.

  • 2021 Biofuels Digest #1 Hottest Company in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials
  • 2020 Biofuels Digest #3 Best Company to work for in the Advanced Bioeconomy
  • 2020 Fast Company World Changing Company
  • 2020 CNBC #43 on Top 50 Disrupter Companies list
  • 2019 Chicago Innovation Awards Winner
  • 2019 Fortune Magazine – Change the World – Companies to watch
  • 2019 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award

LanzaTech is committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion as part of our mission, culture & core values
This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

About the Role

We are seeking a Research Associate to improve laboratory processes and support metabolic engineering and characterization of LanzaTech’s proprietary gas fermenting microbes. The Research Associate will be joining LanzaTech’s Synthetic Biology team, working in the lab and interacting with other teams across the company. This role will support Senior Scientists on project-based work as well as a variety of lab management tasks. The Research Associate will work towards both specific goals and towards improving workflows to benefit all Synthetic Biology team members. Types of activities include plasmid construction, bacterial transformation and culturing, confirmation of clones, product screening, genetic parts characterization, curating strain and plasmid repositories, preparing buffer and media, stocking consumables, authoring training and protocol documents, etc.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Design, cloning and assembly of multi-fragment DNA constructs for heterologous pathway expression
Genetic modification and selection of LanzaTech proprietary microbes
High-throughput cultivation and screening of LanzaTech proprietary microbes
Analysis of data and interpretation of results against model predictions
Use of computational tools and databases
Learn established workflows and implement improvements
Support organization of training, protocol, and other document development
Assist in general lab chores such as solution prep, cleaning, organization, etc.
Maintain a laboratory notebook, track and QC data in LIMS system as required
Attend seminars and participate in group and project meetings and lab activities


M.Sc. or B.Sc. (or equivalent) in Synthetic Biology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering or a related field with preferable 1-2 years of relevant experience in a laboratory setting
Hands-on experience in cloning and assembly of DNA and growth of microbes
Use of DNA design software, word processing, data collaboration tools, presentation and spreadsheet applications, and familiarity with concepts in statistics and tools to analyze data
Strong organizational, time management, record keeping, and prioritization skills
Independent, hard-working, and highly self-motivated
Excellent communication and interpersonal relationship skills
Ability to maintain a positive attitude when faced with challenges
Desire to work in a team and assist other team members
Awareness of safety issues in the work environment

Highly preferred:

Experience with gas fermentation
Experience in biotech industry
Experience with metabolic engineering
Experience different cloning methods such as Gibson or Golden Gate assembly and genetic tools such as CRISPR and homologous recombination
Experience working with genetic and metabolic pathway databases and DNA design software
Experience working with anaerobic microbes
Experience working with automated liquid handler
Strong computer literacy, including Office, SharePoint; Experience in scripting and working with large datasets is preferred
Ability to conduct research independently and manage multiple tasks in parallel


LanzaTech Headquarters
Skokie, IL USA


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