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Lab Technician

Company: Willow Biosciences
Location: Mountain view
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

About Willow Biosciences:

Our multidisciplinary team of world-leading discovery biologists, biochemists, geneticists, and fermentation process engineers are dedicated to harnessing the therapeutic potential of plants. We are applying our unique design-build process and our proven track record to the biosynthesis of cannabinoids. 

Join our team:

Willow Biosciences is a company where people truly believe in what they are doing. Our team is committed to developing high-purity, plant derived compounds for the treatment of pain, anxiety, obesity, brain disorders, among other significant indications. We work hard, we are serious about what we do, and we like to have fun too.

Job Listing: Lab Technician

We are seeking an experienced Lab Technician who will support the lab operations and scientists working on microbial metabolic engineering and fermentation. This individual will support daily laboratory operations including preparation of materials and consumables used in experiments as well as keep inventory of supplies and ensure a healthy stock of lab-related materials are available at all times.

Location: Mountain View, California

Education: Associate or bachelors degree in Life Sciences or related field.

Experience: 1+ years experience working in a laboratory in an industrial research setting (Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, or Life Sciences Industries). Experience working with yeast strongly preferred.

Position: This position is for a highly motivated and experienced individual with a strong desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative startup environment. This individual will work under the guidance of scientists to support all laboratory operations to meet company goals/milestones.

Job Description:

  • Perform activities to support microbial fermentations; this includes media and reagent solution preparation, equipment, and media sterilization, shake flask and benchtop fermenter setup and cleaning, sampling, and sample processing, etc.
  • Write/modify/maintain lab protocols; also create or evaluate new lab protocols and SOPs, as necessary.
  • Prepare biological samples or cultures analysis.
  • Troubleshoot standard lab equipment issues with vendors.
  • Prepare and run quality control on culture media and reagents.
  • Maintain and inventory all lab equipment, chemicals and consumables.
  • Work with local vendors and oversee ordering (and maintaining stock of) all chemicals and consumables.
  • Assist Scientist in development and testing of protocols or new processes.
  • Be familiar with and maintain standard laboratory instruments (including robotic liquid handlers and other automated equipment)
  • Be familiar with fermentation equipment and processes (handling 2 L glass bioreactors, autoclave, preparing media, stock solutions and sampling)
  • Maintaining and calibrating lab instruments such as pH meter
  • Propose continual operational improvements for efficiency and quality.
  • Performing miscellaneous laboratory duties such as cleaning of apparatus and equipment, general clean-up of laboratory, sterilizing media, reagents, instruments, etc.

Required Skills:

  • Outstanding team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Capable of high performance in independent work as well as in team setting.
  • Attention to detail, good laboratory practice and maintenance of a high degree of accuracy while working in high throughput.
  • Experience working with benchtop fermenters (preferred).
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite.

Physical Demands:

  • Remaining in a seated or standing position for extended periods
  • Performing repetitive tasks with hands, fingers, and wrists
  • Use of standard lab PPE (lab coats, safety glasses and gloves)

Position Type

Full-time position



Work Authorization 

Authorized to work in the US

Benefits and Perks:

  • Healthcare benefits medical, vision, dental
  • Paid vacation and company holidays
  • Life / AD&D Insurance
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • 401k plan
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Snacks, weekly lunch delivered & company team wide social events

Equal Opportunity Employment

Willow Biosciences is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.  All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Keywords: Willow Biosciences, Mountain View , Lab Technician, Other , Mountain view, California

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