Research Associate II

Strain Banking & Inventory Management

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Pivot Bio

Pivot Bio

201-500 employees

Develops microbial fertilizer for cereal crops

Food & Agriculture


Oakland, CA, USA

Required Skills
  • Bachelor of science degree in biological sciences, microbiology, or related field or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years’ experience in a fast-paced industry research lab environment
  • Strong molecular biology experience (colony PCR, microbial cell culture, gel electrophoresis, microscopy)
  • Proven ability to manage deadlines and multiple ongoing multi-day workflows
  • Comfortable with standard microbiology techniques, including culturing and bacterial plating
  • An understanding of research/development, and the principles behind experiment design and execution
  • Exceptional documentation and communication skills
  • Strong ability to work independently and as a team, ask good questions and recognize anomalies
  • Generate and QC working cell banks for Manufacturing and R&D
  • Culture and preserve novel microbial strains
  • QC strain banks using PCR, sequencing, dilution plating, and microscopy
  • Oversee existing freezer stock inventory and inventory maintenance
  • Troubleshoot and improve upon existing processes including automation and process development for novel microbes
  • Assist in phenotyping our strains via a suite of chemical, biological and molecular assays
  • Assist in automation and scale up of key processes
  • QC, analyze and communicate data in written reports and at team meetings
  • Maintain a thorough digital lab notebook and required electronic documentation
  • Communicate effectively and coordinate resources within and across teams
  • Follow (and develop new) SOPs
  • Attend and contribute to R&D meetings

Pivot Bio develops microbial fertilizers that harness the natural ability of microbes to provide a sustainable and efficient nitrogen source for cereal crops such as corn, wheat, and rice. This focus on sustainable agricultural technology positions the company as a leader in the agri-tech sector, dedicated to addressing the challenges of modern agriculture. Employees at Pivot Bio thrive in an environment that values groundbreaking research and a commitment to environmental sustainability, making it an excellent place to work for those passionate about innovative agricultural solutions and ecological stewardship.

Company Stage

Series D

Total Funding



Berkeley, California



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