Sound Agriculture is an innovator in bio-inspired chemistry and plant genetics. We leverage natural plant diversity to grow crops more sustainably and create differentiated, nutritious food. Sound is a Series C startup funded by leading investors in food and agriculture such as Leaps by Bayer, Northpond Ventures, S2G Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Cavallo Ventures and Syngenta Group Ventures.

We are looking for a Laboratory Technician to join the Molecular Foundry team to help manage and maintain efficient lab operations. A successful candidate will provide laboratory support to the Scientists and RA’s on our team for the development of our On-Demand-Breeding platform. This position offers an excellent opportunity to advance laboratory skills and to work in a rapidly growing, fast-paced and dynamic company. The Laboratory Technician will report to the Lab Operations Manager and will be based in our laboratory in Emeryville, California. This position will be onsite.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and oversee the daily operational activities of the laboratory across functional groups
  • Compile and analyze data as needed and present results
  • Ensure adherence to lab standards and practices 
  • Draft and maintain standard operating procedures as they pertain to the role (safety protocols/ equipment protocols, greenhouse, ect). Develops procedures for laboratory instrumentation use
  • Oversee the procurement, operation, maintenance, and improvement of the laboratory stockroom, chemical storage, safety labeling, and inventory control 
  • Oversee the preparation, assembly, cleaning, sterilization, and stocking of glassware and equipment
  • Ensure proper storage, handling, labeling, and disposal of laboratory waste
  • Collect samples from the greenhouse and ensure safety of personnel and integrity of the sample collection
  • Operate, relocate, and maintain laboratory equipment (e.g autoclave, centrifuge, incubator, grow rooms, laminar flow hoods)
  • Maintain an organized notebook and records of materials and equipment used in the lab
  • Adhere and improve on safe practices in the laboratory and greenhouse
  • Maintain and improve on calibration logs for laboratory equipment
  • Oversee with coordinating lab activities, assuring availability of appropriate supplies and equipment
  • Promote a positive and inclusive work environment
  • Perform various special activities related to laboratory work, (e.g. taking pH measurements, weighing using a balance, watering plants)
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or equivalent with 1+ years of work experience
  • A desire to work collaboratively with colleagues of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to operate independently
  • Ability to input and track data in excel or equivalent
  • Strong organizational, time management, and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Inquisitive mind, attention to detail and strong record keeping skills
  • Desire to be part of a rapidly evolving organization, which requires flexibility and a willingness to learn new techniques and concepts
  • Preferred experience with greenhouses or crop plants

Physical Demands

  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone 
  • Time is divided between working indoors and outdoors 
  • Requires frequent walking, standing, and sitting in between working areas
  • Frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and shelve materials 
  • Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Up to 50% travel between our local greenhouse and lab facilities using a company car 

Our Offer 

  • Opportunity to work in an early-stage, disruptive startup with a talented, experienced, and growing team of dedicated individuals
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Performance bonus structure
  • Comprehensive health care plans that include Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
  • Flex Spending Account (Healthcare, Dependent Care & Commuter Benefit)
  • 401k Plan
  • Generous vacation policy
  • Regular team events and engagement activities (we actually like hanging out with each other!)

Sound is based in Emeryville, CA with a number of employees working remotely. We have a mission driven culture and a fast-paced, collaborative work environment. We are looking for someone to join the team who will bring a passion for sustainability along with a deep expertise in the business of food and agriculture.

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We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.

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