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Location: Emeryville, Alameda County, California, USA Posted: Mar 12, 2020

Job Description

At Zymergen, our mission is to create a vibrant, sustainable future through biology. We have developed a platform with biotech capabilities to create new specialty molecules that were previously not available or practical through traditional petrochemical based chemistry. Zymergen has demonstrated the promise of its platform to produce both new and known molecules through chemistry and bio-engineering to deliver unique specialty materials. We are passionate about advancing technologies through the innovative use of biology.

Zymergen’s Products team plays a critical role in the development of new products and materials that are expected to outperform, be more cost effective, and be more available than traditional petroleum based solutions. In doing so, Zymergen will unlock previously unattainable possibilities in sustainability and resource efficiency.

Chemical Engineering interns will gain exposure to applied research in an industrial setting, using modern organic chemistry, engineering, and analytical methodologies. The candidate will work closely with project engineers and scientists to help drive the overall program progress on a technical level.

Apply today to help Zymergen realize the future of technology, biology, automation, and computation.

Job Description and Focus Areas

Areas of focus may include:

  • Conduct literature study/search within project’s scope of work and present results to the team
  • Design and conduct experiments in synthetic organic chemistry lab, with a focus on process development and scale-up
  • Use experimental data and data analysis to develop cost effective, scalable processes
  • Work closely with the analytical chemistry team to understand analysis of experimental results and draw conclusions


This position is geared towards candidates currently pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in chemical engineering, however candidates pursuing degrees in chemistry, polymer science, materials science or other quantitative discipline will be considered if they have a passion for process development, applied research, scale-up, and the promise of synthetic biology. A sense of urgency, flexibility, and clear, concise communication (both verbal and written) are critical, as well as a commitment to safety. Fluency with Microsoft Office application suite and equivalents (e.g., Google Drive) is expected. Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We are not able to sponsor individuals for employment visas for this job.

Additional Details This position will involve a 50/50 split between desk work and laboratory duties. The qualified candidate will be brought up to speed on all relevant training beyond fundamental organic chemistry and engineering concepts.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Founded in 2013 and located in the SF Bay Area, Zymergen is a science and material innovation company rethinking biology and reimagining the world. A World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Zymergen partners with nature to create never-before imagined materials and products across industries – from agriculture to consumer electronics, personal care to pharmaceuticals, and more. The company’s materials are in use today, creating value for Fortune 1000 companies and major corporations across the globe. Our clients have sold over $1 billion worth of products using Zymergen microbial strains. For more information visit: .

About Zymergen

Zymergen researches, develops, and manufactures microbes for Fortune 500 companies.

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