Associate Scientist/Postdoctoral Associate, Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering with Xylome Corporation

Xylome Corporation

Xylome is a young, ambitious company that creates clean, sustainable oils, cosmetics, feeds and

biofuels from fermentation byproducts and agricultural residues. As a leading member of our

research team, you will be part of an interdisciplinary effort to create novel biochemical

pathways and products and take them to commercial reality. Xylome is renewing tomorrow



Associate Scientist/Postdoctoral Associate, Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering

We are seeking an Associate Scientist with technical expertise in metabolic engineering of nonconventional

yeasts, fungi, plants, or other eukaryotic systems. A fundamental knowledge of

biochemistry, metabolic engineering or synthetic biology as evidenced by a PhD in these or

related fields or a MS degree plus three years of relevant industrial experience.

We are specifically seeking an energetic, creative, and highly self-motivated individual that

enjoys technical challenges and has a passion for continuous improvement. The successful

candidate will interact closely with molecular biologists, fermentation scientists, analytical

chemists, and external collaborators to optimize product formation and strain performance “from

the inside-out”.

If you enjoy solving difficult problems and make it your mission to create, improve and optimize

processes and metabolic pathways, if you thrive working in a team environment and enjoy

seeking out information from many sources to find a solution, and if you are not afraid to charge

ahead on a challenge and correct your course when experimental data or new information

presents itself – then this is the position for you.


• Propose innovative and impactful projects using risk/reward assessments

• Work with cross-functional project teams to support production of different molecules

• Contribute to the overall scientific knowledge and skill level of the group

• Plan and execute experiments supporting optimization of project objectives

• Collaborate using data to influence adoption of improved procedures, and techniques

• Contribute to sustained operational readiness of the laboratory.

• Conduct root cause analysis of unexpected experimental results and execute solutions.

• Document experimental results in SOPs and application notes

• Present results and train users on improved processes/equipment

• Solve advanced equipment/software failures.

• Independently design experiments to optimize assays, procedures, and protocols.

• Maintain safe practices and work environment.

• Realize goals through occasional weekend work or overtime.

• Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

• Must be legally qualified to work in the United States

• Desire to solve problems and share knowledge

• Demonstrated track record of independent critical thinking and scientific achievement

• Strong communication skills in presenting ideas, explaining results and, preparing reports

• Capability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks independently in pursuit of team goals

• Demonstrated ability to lead others in area of expertise

• Capable team player and collaborator both within and across functional boundaries.

• Proficiency in statistical tools to analyze data

• Attention to detail and careful record keeping skills

• Tenacity in pursuing objectives to completion correctly and on time.

• Embrace Xylome’s Core Values.

Company Benefits

Xylome offers a competitive benefit and compensation package, including health care benefits,

and profit sharing/bonus. Compensation is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and

stock options are available to qualified candidates.


Xylome is in University Research Park in Madison, Wisconsin. Bordered by two lakes and

surrounded with many recreational areas, Madison consistently ranks as a top community in

which to live, work, play, and raise a family. Remote work is not available for this role.

Covid-19 Vaccine

To maintain a safe working environment proof of vaccination will be required on or before first

day of work.

Next Steps

To express your interest, please send a cv/resume and a brief cover letter to by January 31st, 2022.

As a Federal Contractor, Xylome is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants

will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual

orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any

other characteristic protected by law. Xylome complies with applicable state and local laws

governing nondiscrimination in employment.

If you are a recruiter or placement agency, please do not submit resumes to any person or email

address at Xylome prior to having a signed agreement. Xylome is not liable for and will not pay

placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved recruitment

partners. Furthermore, any resumes sent to us without an agreement in place will be considered

your company’s gift to Xylome and may be forwarded to our recruiters for their attention.

Seniority Level

• Associate

• Industry

• Biotechnology

• Biofuels

Employment Type

• Full-time

Job Functions

• Design

• Research

• Analysis

• Communication