Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to responsibly rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle using the inherent power of plants. We believe that gigaton scale CO2 drawdown will only happen if solutions are both beneficial to the environment and profitable to landowners. We’ve developed a proof of concept photosynthesis-enhanced seedling and are working on scaling our production lab and commercializing our technology. We’re backed by some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley including Felicis Ventures, YCombinator, and Chris Sacca of LowerCarbon Capital.
If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we’d love to hear from you.
We’re looking for someone who’s excited to be part of a mission-driven early stage company. As Research Associate, you will play an essential role executing plant physiology and metabolomics experiments to help meet the company goal. This role requires laboratory experience with plant growth and development, biochemical assays, and metabolomics (e.g. HPLC, LC-MS/MS) with strong working knowledge of plant physiology and photosynthesis. Experience with portable photosynthesis systems is desirable. The successful candidate will be both a strong lab-based individual contributor and a team player who works well with other scientists. The candidate will contribute to key discovery studies which will have a direct impact on the success of our biotech programs to advance company goals.
Perform experiments to carry out plant physiology and photosynthesis analysis in controlled environments
Help to conduct plant growth measurements on weekly basis and help with biomass data collection at the end of the growth cycle
Collect and prepare plant tissue samples for metabolomic analysis
Work with supervisor to measure plant metabolites using LC-MS/MS
Perform photosynthesis measurements on greenhouse/growth room grown plants using leaf gas exchange equipment including LICOR-6800 and LICOR-600
Perform biochemical assays to evaluate the physiological impact of engineered traits
Accurately document experimental protocols, perform analysis and help with interpretation of data, and timely reporting of key findings to supervisor and research team
Requirements and qualifications:
BS in plant biology or biochemistry related fields
Two or more years of laboratory experience in industry or academia
Technical proficiency in general laboratory practices, including chemical reagent preparation, pH measurement, metabolite extraction techniques, safety practices, etc.
Experience in laboratory assays with samples collected from plants
Experience with metabolomics, e.g. HPLC, LC-MS/MS is highly desirable
Experience with photosynthesis gas exchange analysis, e.g. LICOR-6800 is desirable
Strong organizational and documentation skills
Experience with database management
Ability to manage several projects simultaneously
Effective communication (written/verbal) and ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team are critical
Self-starter who can operate with minimal supervision
Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to rebalance the metabolic system of our planet. We meet this urgency by combining advanced biotechnology with the inherent power of plants to sequester and store carbon. If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we encourage you to apply.
Living Carbon PBC offers competitive compensation, and generous healthcare, dental and vision insurance.
Living Carbon PBC is an equal opportunity employer.
We believe the best solutions to climate change are created by diverse teams. Living Carbon is focused on building a multicultural and inclusive team with strong representation from the many diverse communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. As a public benefit corporation, ensuring solutions to slow climate change are widely distributed to all peoples is critical to the success of our mission.