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 create a platform for the highest quality materials using Fine Mycelium™, and our vision is to grow the future of materials.  As a team, we are data-driven in our commitment to quality, and our relationships with our customers and one another are built on our core values of respect, empowerment, innovation, interconnection and accountability.

MycoWorks is committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive environment where all employees belong. Women, gender-expansive individuals, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

MycoWorks is seeking an experienced researcher responsible for planning and executing solid state fermentation based experiments under the direction of Sr. Scientists. The ideal candidate will have a deep aptitude towards translating fundamental Microbiology, Biochemistry and/or Fermentation technology learnings towards understanding the biochemical/morphological changes accompanying mycelial growth to help the team design fermentation processes best suited at industrial scale. The candidate will work with folks with a variety of expertise within the team and cross-functionally including mycologists and other microbiologists, experts from downstream processing, quality, tech transfer as well as from leather product development. 



  • Designs and executes experiments on mycelial biomass production processes to maximize key metrics such as titer, productivity, robustness, and scalability at various fermentation scales
  • Develop and optimize fermentation media and robust, economical, and scalable fermentation processes
  • Produce bench-scale quantities of microbial formulations for use in prototyping trials and transfer processes to pilot and production levels
  • Perform final biomass recovery, preservation, and delivery studies to enable robust product formation in final production
  • Works in close collaboration with the mycology and other upstream groups to assist with strategic initiatives and platform development
  • Search, identify, demonstrate, and implement new processes/ technologies/instruments to optimize and automate fermentation workflows
  • Help drive company vision and initiatives within Fine Mycelium R&D development group
  • Maintain safe practices and working environment
  • Support further development of Fine Mycelium R&D function within the company 
  • Mentor and train junior team members

Required qualifications

  • BS with 10+ years, M.S. with 2-4+ years or Ph. D. with experience in biochemical engineering, biochemistry, microbiology, or a related field, or a comparable combination of experience and training
  • Prior experience in the development and implementation of robust microbial scale-up processes in liquid fermentation is required (experience with Eppendorf Bioreactors a bonus)
  • Knowledgeable in systems and best practices for industrial fermentation (aerobic and anaerobic cultivation), sterility assurance, biomass processing equipment, and process automation
  • Requires walking, climbing stairs, bending and occasional lifting of material up to thirty (30) pounds
  • Evening and/or weekend work as experiments require

Preferred areas of specialization

  • Prior fungal fermentation experience for scale-up
  • Experience with Eppendorf Bioreactors
  • Experience with fungal preservation techniques 

ADA Notations:

  • Frequent communication (talking/hearing)
  • Regular sitting and reaching with arms
  • Vision requirements: close, distance, peripheral, color and depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
  • Lifting up to 30 lbs
  • Computer use: 30% of the time
  • Noise conditions: Normal office / lab environment
  • May work near moving mechanical parts or in a laboratory setting with chemicals, unpleasant odors, and in areas requiring personal protective equipment
  • Interaction with laboratory equipment, samples, supplies, and laboratory personnel may be required whereby appropriate precautions are to be taken per the Company’s Safety and Injury, Illness and Prevention Plans
  • Travel: Occasional


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