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 senior fermentation scientist responsible for planning and executing fungal fermentation experiments, leading CRO efforts, and managing a small team of associate scientists and engineers. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of fermentation technology, both physiology and fungal. 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, and  leather product development.  

Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute fermentation experiments on mycelial biomass production  
  • Develop and optimize scalable fermentation processes 
  • Lead on-going CRO work 
  • Manage fermentation engineer and associate scientists 
  • Work 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, and 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  
  • Manage junior team members 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Ph. D. with four plus years of 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 fungal fermentation would be ideal 
  • Experience scaling up processes and  working with CROs is required 
  • Two plus years of experience managing a team
  • Knowledgeable in systems and best practices for industrial fermentation 
  • Evenings 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 and lab environment 
  • May require 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 Program 
  • Travel: Occasional

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