Lab Aide

Job Description

Lumen is seeking a highly motivated, innovative Lab Aide.

The position will be supporting a research biology lab actively engaged in optimizing the growth of cyanobacteria cultures.  This is a full time, regular, hourly position; 40 hours per week. The work schedule is somewhat flexible, and training will be provided.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Responsibilities include:

  • Clean and maintain stocks of laboratory glassware
  • Maintain general laboratory solutions and other reagents
  • Prepare microbiological media (liquid and solid)
  • Support Lab Operations Team Lead in maintaining stocks of consumable items
  • Genotype and maintain strains of importance to the company’s production efforts
  • May also perform plasmid DNA purification, PCR reactions and other standard laboratory protocols

Desired Qualifications & Requirements


  • A biology or chemistry undergraduate degree is preferred.
  • Current junior or senior level undergraduate students with a combination of lab experience may be considered.


  • Prior laboratory experience is essential, preferably in microbiology, chemistry, or biochemistry
  • Demonstrated mastery of aseptic technique

The successful candidate will have the following attributes

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Self-starter, able to contribute effectively in a fast-changing environment
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented environment
  • High integrity and ethics
  • Commitment to quality and timely delivery of results

Physical Requirements

  • Position requires standing for long periods of time, standing on or stepping up onto step stools, and lifting and reaching over head. 
  • Candidates must be able to lift 50 pounds with, or without, assistance.

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume and cover letter to with the job title in the subject line.

This position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Only successful applicants will be contacted.