Job Description: 

Recombia Biosciences is a small synthetic biology company that was started by Stanford University scientists that is leveraging its proprietary genome engineering technologies to optimize yeast to produce a number of different sustainable products. Our technologies enable the introduction of rationally-designed genomic modifications with unprecedented precision, efficiency, and throughput. Leveraging these technologies we can explore the genomic space of the chassis strain in addition to creating heterologous pathways. We are working in partnership with Lesaffre, the worlds largest yeast company, applying our technology to a number of different products. 

This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. 

Candidates should have an interest in working with yeast (S. cerevisiae) and other microorganisms. The internship will involve working on designing and building DNA constructs, as well as doing yeast strain engineering. The intern will also have a chance to work with team members to carry out quantitative small scale fermentation experiments; implement high-throughput analytical assays; and identify improved strains. Ideal candidates will have an educational background in metabolic engineering, molecular biology, synthetic biology, microbial fermentation, analytical chemistry, or biochemistry.  

Successful candidates will have participated in past research projects that have familiarized them with basic laboratory techniques and practices. As part of the Recombia team, you will interact frequently with leadership and other lab/bench scientists, but also work independently to implement essential assays for strains emerging from Recombia’s bioengineering pipeline. 

Well qualified candidates will have: 

  • Be available a minimum of 20 hours a week during the school year and full time during the summer.  Internships typically last 6 months to 1 year and are available to students at local universities.
  • Completed or in the process of completing a B.S. or M.S. in a related field 
  • A desire to work for a small industrial microbiology company 
  • Educational background in metabolic engineering, fermentation or relevant field 
  • Participated in prior undergraduate/masters laboratory research 
  • Experience in basic microbiological methods (pipetting, cell plating, media prep, …)

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to Justin at j.smith ‘at’