Scientist I, Microbiome (Environmental)

Department: R&D - Microbiomics
Location: Irvine, CA

Job Summary:

Join Zymo Research's Microbiome team as a Scientist I, where you'll contribute to groundbreaking research and practical applications by conducting and leading both wet-lab and dry-lab workflow developments to explore and innovate within the field of environmental microbiology, especially in wastewater. Thrive in a fast-paced environment, execute experiments, analyze data, and collaborate with teams to deliver high-quality results. With a passion for microbiome research, strong multitasking abilities, and a proactive attitude, you'll play a pivotal role in advancing our understanding of the microbiome and its impact. If you're ready to make a meaningful impact and possess the necessary skills, apply now to be part of our dynamic team.

Join us in making a meaningful impact!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ideate and develop novel microbiome applications focusing on environmental microbiology, including soil, water, and air.
  • Conduct, analyze, and present proof-of-principle studies to demonstrate feasibility and potential of new applications.
  • Design and implement comprehensive workflows in both wet-lab and dry-lab settings.
  • Develop and manage databases for effective organization and utilization of data, facilitating new discoveries through big data analysis.
  • Lead the commercialization process of developed applications, ensuring viable market entry and success.
  • Establish and maintain collaborations with key academic and industry players to enhance the application’s impact and reach.
  • Mentor and supervise junior Research Technicians, Associates, and Sr. Research Associates.

Education and Experience:

  • PhD in Microbiology, Bioinformatics, or related fields.
  • Proven experience or published research in human or environmental microbiome/metagenomics.
  • Strong bioinformatics skills, especially in microbiome/metagenome data analysis.
  • Proficiency in metagenomic taxonomy and functional analysis, metatranscriptomic data analysis, sequence assembly, binning, etc.
  • Familiarity with microbiome and metagenome tools and packages (e.g., Kraken, MEGAHIT, Qiime, Sourmash, etc).
  • Proficient in Linux/Unix environments, with experience in cloud computing.
  • Skilled in scripting languages such as Perl or Python.
  • Experience with R or other statistical tools.
  • Knowledge in database management and SQL.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

About Us:

Since its inception in 1994, Zymo Research has been proudly serving the scientific community by providing innovative, reliable, and high-quality research tools and products. Whether it's DNA, RNA, epigenetics, microbiomics, protein, or yeast-based research, our philosophy remains the same: To provide the highest quality products in the industry while ensuring they are both simple to use and reliable in their performance.

Recognized as a Top Workplace by the Orange County Register in 2021, 2022, and named a Top Workplace USA in 2023, Zymo Research continues to be a vibrant community where employees thrive, feel connected, and are inspired by their work. If you are passionate about contributing to scientific advancement and want to be part of an exceptional team in a dynamic, growing company, we'd love to hear from you!


The estimated base compensation range for this position is $80,000 to $90,000 per year at the time of posting. Actual compensation details will be provided in writing at the time of offer, if applicable, and is based on several factors we believe fairly and accurately impact compensation, including geographic location, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other job permitted factors.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:

Zymo Research welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. These include sex, age, color, race, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical & mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other protected status as defined by federal, state, or local law.


Onsite – Zymo Research HQ – 17062 Murphy Ave. Irvine, CA 92614

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