Open Position: Production Assistant

POSITION TYPE: Full-time, Regular

REPORTS TO: Production Lead


Job Description

Lumen is seeking highly motivated Production Assistants.

The successful candidate will assist with maintaining Lumen’s production area in a clean and functional state. Primary responsibilities include conducting and documenting daily and weekly cleaning and light maintenance activities, helping with production activities including growing and harvesting algae in Lumen’s photobioreactor system following written Standard Operating Procedures. This position is also responsible for coordinating with the Production Head and Food Safety Team to schedule operations and ensure that operations are compliant with Lumen’s quality management system (FSCC 22000). The Production Assistant schedule will include either a Saturday or Sunday workday as part of the regular work schedule.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Production Assistant is responsible for daily production reactor operations including:

  • Strict adherence to food and personal safety standards and protocols to ensure a safe working environment for both the operator and other team members, and production of a safe and compliant food product.

  • Cleaning, inspecting, and conducting light maintenance in production areas.

  • Assisting with inoculations, transfers, harvests and cleaning activities; conducting daily sampling, sample processing, recording results in lot/batch records.

  • Use of pipettes, mechanical pipettors, balances, and spectrophotometer.

  • Operation under current Good Manufacturing Practices, requiring careful attention to detail and ability to conduct operations strictly according to procedure under hygienic conditions.


Desired and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Work experience in a commercial food or beverage production environment or equivalent with clean operations experience

  • Ability to understand and follow detailed operational procedures and work instructions

The successful application will have the following attributes:

  • Attention to detail and enthusiasm for maintaining the working environment

  • Good office-type computer skills.

  • Mechanical competence, ability to use pumps and hoses for transfer of liquids.

  • Be safety minded: safe and hygienic workplace practices are mandatory

  • Experience in sanitary liquid handling (commercial beverage or food processing, brewing, etc.) a significant plus.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and team focus, along with a desire to learn new processes.


The successful application may have the following desirable attributes and experience:

  • Some coursework in biology and or a scientific background in a biology field.

  • Some experience working in a production environment that is governed by a quality assurance system such as ISO 9001 or the like, including (i) document control systems, (ii) batch/lot recordkeeping processes, (iii) rigorously documented operating procedures, (iv) regular cleaning and quality testing procedures. 

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift and carry 65 lbs.; ability to manipulate hoses, air lines, sanitary tri-clamps, etc. overhead.

Required to safely use stepstools and step ladders in accordance with Lumen’s workplace safety policies


How to Apply
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.


About Lumen

Lumen Bioscience was founded in early 2017 to make and commercialize ultra-low-cost biologics, such as antibodies, in our proprietary spirulina expression platform. We design and manufacture therapeutics against disease targets that have been inaccessible to the pharmaceutical industry because of the astonishingly high cost of using traditional methods to make and deliver biologic drugs. Now, for the first time, Lumen can make antibodies and other biologics at a cost that allows for daily, high-dose, oral delivery.

Our current programs focus on diseases that can be prevented or treated by an orally delivered therapeutic; the target markets are enormous, the treatment modes of action are well-researched, and the unmet medical need is obvious. We have been fortunate to have earned financial support for these programs from groups like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the NIH.  In the longer term, we believe that our unique technology–––the ability to safely deliver frequent, large doses of a wide range of biologic compounds–––will become commonplace in biopharma as the science continues to advance and uncover new opportunities in the fields of microbiome signaling, metabolism, inflammation, and oral delivery of systemic biologics.

The Lumen team works out of a beautiful lab and office facility in Fremont, a picturesque neighborhood on the north shore of Lake Union in the heart of Seattle. At Lumen, you'll be challenged, you'll be inspired, and you'll be proud to be part of an innovative organization making a real impact on improving the quality of life globally.

Lumen is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against based on disability.

NOTE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: Lumen values its relationships with recruitment partners and will only accept resumes from those partners that have been contracted by a member of the human resources team. Lumen is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received by any employee of Lumen who is not a member of the human resources team.

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Lumen Bioscience

1441 N. 34th St, Ste 300

Seattle, WA 98103