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Automation Research Associate

Skokie, IL
  • Expired: September 16, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Welcome to the Post Pollution Future with LanzaTech

A post-pollution world is inevitable, and people will either be part of it, or the planet will go on without us. At LanzaTech, our technology platform is transforming waste carbon into everyday products, to meet the needs of this moment. Our science is state-of-the-art, but the idea is simple. We use nature to heal nature. We capture carbon emissions which are then fed into bioreactors where trillions of carbon-hungry microbes go to work. These tiny dynamos consume the waste gases and produce valuable raw material commodities. Pure enough to be resold, repurposed, and recycled again - from sustainable jet fuel to beverage bottles, to yoga pants.

Founded in New Zealand, we are a global women-led company with an international footprint and a diverse employee population. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are a key part of our mission and core values which we show through our hiring, our leadership, our efforts to educate internally and willingness to learn.

In addition, we have announced our plan to merge with AMCI Acquisition Corp. II and expect to become a publicly traded company on Nasdaq. Come join the team as we strive to make a Post Pollution Future!

+ Exciting collaborations with LanzaTech (LT) CarbonSmartTM Products:

+ 2022 - Coty, Inc. - LT recycled carbon ethanol to be used in majority of fragrance portfolio by 2023

+ 2021 - ZARA - cutting edge, high fashion black dresses made from LT recycled carbon

+ 2021 - lululemon - yoga pants & running shorts made from LT Recycled carbon

+ 2021 - L'Oreal - partnership to make packaging with LT recycled carbon

+ 2021 - Biofuels Digest #1 Hottest Company in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials

+ 2020 - Biofuels Digest #3 Best Company to work for in the Advanced Bioeconomy

+ 2020 - Fast Company World Changing Company

+ 2020 - CNBC #43 on Top 50 Disrupter Companies list

Interested in learning more? Visit us at and download/stream our latest CarbonSmartTM Podcast on Apple ( , Google ( , Spotify ( or wherever you receive your podcasts!

This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

About the Role

LanzaTech is looking for a motivated, high energy, well-organized, collaborative Research Associate to join the Automation team. Primary responsibilities are to support daily operations of LanzaTech aerobic biofoundry and general automation laboratory work.

+ This person will work on a cross-functional team to support automated DNA Assembly and Strain Engineering projects

+ The Research Associate will work with the Automation team to develop, execute, and optimize automated workflows

+ They will conduct their work collaboratively across multiple projects and functional teams


+ Follow all safety requirements for working in the offices and laboratories, including completing any required training

+ Maintain a clean and functional laboratory space

+ Assist in the upkeep of laboratory reagents and stock supplies to run experiments

+ Enter and update data in LIMS systems

+ Daily running and maintenance of LanzaTech's Biofoundries and associated automated workflows which includes (but is not limited to):

+ High-throughput DNA Assembly, Bacterial Transformation, Microbial Selection and Culture, DNA Purification, and Screening of LanzaTech's proprietary and non-proprietary microbes

+ Attend and participate in Automation and Synthetic Biology group meetings as well as relevant project updates with partners

+ Prepare presentation material and present findings and developments internally to LanzaTech teams

+ Use of laboratory management systems, in-house experimental design tools, and computational tools to improve efficiency in design, execution, and interpretation of experiments

+ Assist in both training and development support of related software tools

+ Assist in both prospection and development of modern automation and synthetic biology methodologies

Required Qualifications

+ B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Synthetic Biology, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, or a related field

+ Knowledgeable in DNA Assembly methodologies (Golden Gate, Gibson, others)

+ Previous experience using automation equipment

+ Experience with LIMS systems

+ Strong organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills

+ Strong problem-solving skills

+ Experience writing reports and manuscripts

+ Experience giving oral presentations

+ Ability to conduct research independently and manage multiple tasks in parallel

+ High attention to detail and careful record- keeping

+ Independent and highly self- motivated

+ Excellent communication skills and a desire to work collaboratively in a team

+ Awareness of safety issues in the work environment

+ Strong computer literacy with Microsoft Office, SharePoint, or equivalent applications

Preferred Qualifications

+ User level experience with scheduling software for automated equipment

+ Programming knowledge


+ LanzaTech Headquarters

+ Skokie, IL USA

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