Research Associate - Product Development
Natick, MA Product Development
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We are on the brink of something big and it feels good! Kula Bio is a leader in sustainable nitrogen solutions, helping farmers improve crop yield and reduce environmental impact. We make a cost-competitive biofertilizer that boosts a naturally occurring process to deposit meaningful amounts of nitrogen in the soil.

As a Research Associate you will help our Product Development team plan and execute microbiological and biochemical assays on products and product prototypes. This role will focus on development, implementation, and data collection from assays that will lead to understanding the performance of the product. On a regular day, you will support validation of product efficacy through experimental design and set-up. You will implement mode of action protocols, collect assay data, and present results. You will identify the presence or absence of microbes, use and maintain laboratory equipment, and work closely with the broader team in a collaborative effort to meet project goals and timelines.

You will thrive in this role if you are flexible while detail-oriented, acting with precision and accuracy with strong analysis and problem-solving skills. You are proactive and dependable, a self-starter, independent thinker, and enjoy a team environment. You are experienced in aseptic techniques (BSL1 and BSL2) for microbial growth and testing. You have an interest in finding sustainable solutions and want to be part of a driven team to advance the mission of our work.

  • B.S in Microbiology, Biology, Biotechnology, or related sciences 
  • 2-3 years of relevant industry work experience outside of academia
  • Experience with standard microbiological methods including media and plating, serial dilution, viable cell counting, microbial screening, microbial enumeration, staining, etc.
  • Highly skilled and demonstrable success in designing, implementing, and analyzing fundamental molecular biology experiments including nucleic acid extraction and quantitation, gel electrophoresis and qPCR. 
  • Proficiency in data collection, management, and presentation including experience in use of Excel and PowerPoint – experience with Prism is ideal.
  • Proficiency in lab record keeping including good note taking practices – experience with electronic lab notebooks like SciNote is ideal.
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