Terragia Biofuels – Scientist 1 job opportunity

Project: Advanced multi-locus genome engineering to enable consolidated bioprocessing for low-cost conversion of lignocellulose to hydrocarbon fuels and products Terragia Biofuel (formerly Enchi Corp) is a startup company cofounded by Dartmouth Professor Lee Lynd that is focused on developing bacteria to convert cellulosic biomass to fuels. Current technologies in this area are too expensive due to the high cost of pretreatment and added enzymes. Terragia seeks to solve this problem by using thermophilic bacteria that naturally deconstruct biomass and produce ethanol, eliminating costly enzyme addition and pretreatment. Terragia partners with academic labs and the largest ethanol producers in the US and Brazil, and is looking to attract new investment and grow in the coming year. Location is on Dartmouth College campus, Hanover NH. Duties: The project involves testing a novel idea for massively parallel multilocus genome engineering coupled with adaptive evolution. The Scientist will conduct this goal-oriented research and technology development project with a relatively high degree of independence and responsibility. They will conduct fermentation and molecular biology activities as part of a larger project aimed at demonstrating and improving a bacterial system for production of ethanol and/or jet fuel from renewable feedstocks. The priority will be to further the R&D plan of the company, but time will also be spent on professional development or publication. They will report to Dr. Chris Herring, the VP of Technology Development and Project Director. They will keep careful records of their actions and results, and will report outcomes to company management and other members of the lab. Qualifications: PhD in microbiology, chemical or biological engineering, biotechnology, biochemistry or related field or Bachelors degree plus highly relevant industry experience. Demonstrated achievement in the laboratory, especially in areas of bioprocess optimization and/or microbial strain improvement. Experience and knowledge of fermentation, bacterial metabolism, protein or carbohydrate chemistry and bioprocess equipment is especially desirable. Good communication and interpersonal skills are required, and a sensible, adaptable, and innovative attitude is desirable. The best candidate will be able to take independent responsibility for overcoming technical challenges and getting things done, but also work well within a larger R&D team. Pay: NRSA postdoc pay scale up to 3 years of experience, plus benefits. This work is funded by a 9 month Phase I small business innovation and research (SBIR) grant from the NSF, with the possibility of extension in Phase II, corporate support, or other grant funded projects. Contact: Address cover letter to Dr. Chris Herring, VP Technology Development, Terragia Biofuel, chrisherringfish@gmail.com