MycoWorks is the biotechnology company that produces Reishi™, a Fine Mycelium™ option for leather that is neither animal nor plastic. We are currently shipping product to brand partners in fashion, and we are backed by some of the leading venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Our mission is to benefit the world with new materials that offer superior performance to animal leathers and plastic. As a team, we are data-driven in our commitment to quality, and we strive for transparency, empathy and thriving in the relationships we’re building with customers, partners, and each other.
MycoWorks is committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive environment where all employees belong. Women, gender non-confirming individuals, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
MycoWorks is seeking an experienced individual accountable for fungal strain procurement as well as long-term strain preservation and validation in the Fine Mycelium Research & Development (FMRD) group. The incumbent candidate would focus on the mycelium strains for solid and liquid state fermentation process development all geared towards developing a robust scalable process best suited for industrial scale. The candidate will work with folks with a variety of expertise within the team and cross-functionally including Upstream Processing, Downstream Processing, Engineering, Quality and Technology Transfer teams, as well as folks from production department.
Will work in close collaboration with FMRD team and leads strategic initiatives to drive mycelium culture collection and implementation
Lead collaborative projects with upstream team for inoculum development for different groups in the company
Will work with our Quality and Operations team in developing processes that meet all the cleanliness and contamination free conditions for small as well as large scale
Will lead key partnerships with external labs, technical partners and other partners for mycelium fermentation development
Supports glycerol vials preservation and other long-term preservation methods for mycelium strains
Communicates results of experimental and process design work process cross functionally
Tracks appropriate development KPIs
Assist in development of strategic and tactical goals and develop actions and strategies to meet goals
Evaluates progress and reports on progress to other teams and leadership
Support further development of FMRD function within the company
Create technical progression coaching, technical advancement & training plans for junior team members
The functions described above may not be the only requirements of the position. Other responsibilities may be necessary, as required by MycoWorks team members.
B.S with 15+ years, M.S. with 10+ years or Ph. D. with 5+ years of experience in biochemical engineering, biochemistry, microbiology, mycology or a related field, or a comparable combination of experience and training
Demonstrated experience managing and leading teams is a must
Prior extensive experience in mycology scale-up processes is required
Experience preserving the fungal strains is required
Extensive experience with data analysis, and managing parallel experimental streams is a must
Preferred Areas of Specialization
Experience with solid-state as well as liquid mycelium fermentation will be a big plus
Prior fungal fermentation experience for scale-up is desired