Lab Technician, Genetic Engineering

Job Description

The full-time Lab Technician will join an essential team involved in our development of oral antibody-based therapeutics. The team member will be trained and expected to execute leading edge molecular biology protocols, support the construction of novel cyanobacteria strains, and aid in the continued development of protocols that have made Lumen Bioscience the worldwide leader in spirulina genetic engineering.

The position requires strong organizational skills to meet quality and productivity goals. Effective communication skills are also crucial in coordinating with other members of the team, providing status updates, and raising quality or trouble shooting issues as they may arise.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The major tasks* for this position are as follows:

  • Golden Gate assembly, Gibson assembly and restriction endonuclease cloning
  • Perform molecular biology techniques and general lab maintenance activities
    • Transform, grow and archive E.coli cell cultures
    • Plasmid isolation and purification
    • PCR and PCR troubleshooting
    • Sequencing sample preparation and results analysis
    • Aseptic bacterial handling
    • Reagent preparation
    • Transform, grow, maintain, characterize, and archive cyanobacteria cell cultures
    • DNA purification: gel extraction, PCR purification
  • Provide written reports and regularly present work at group meetings


*This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of duties, activities, or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Desired Qualifications and Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, or related fields
  • Prior laboratory experience is essential, preferably in molecular biology, microbiology, chemistry, or biochemistry.
  • Experience with Gibson, Golden Gate and restriction endonuclease cloning systems preferred.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in addition to coursework in an academic or industry environment required.

The successful candidate will have the following attributes

  • Strong communication both written and verbal
  • Strong computer, documentation, and time management skills
  • Maintain accurate and well-organized laboratory notebooks.
  • Commitment to quality and timely delivery of results
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented environment
  • High integrity and ethics
  • Respect laboratory safety policies and practices

Physical Requirements

  • Sit for extended periods of time (2 or more hours)
  • Occasionally lift or carry up to 20 kg

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.