Research Scientist- Fungal Genetics 

Fast-paced, early-stage biotech company is seeking a Research Scientist with a fungal genetics focus to contribute to the leading edge of fungal genetic engineering and genetic diagnostic tool development at Ecovative. The role will support grant-related and development of novel microbial systems pursued through the analysis of biological communities, modification of microbial strains, and optimization of fungal morphologies.   The Research Scientist works in both a supportive and an independent role with the Genetics Team and the entire research and development community with responsibilities including daily execution and maintenance of experimentation related to genetic engineering, gene expression characterization, and morphological characterization.  

This role involves:

  • Use of aseptic technique in handling of fungal/bacterial cultures

  • Wild-type isolation, short-term and long-term strain preservation


  • Use of bioinformatics tools

  • Bacterial & Fungal Transformation

  • Plasmid Design

  • Gibson Assembly

  • Use of HPLC

  • Preparation of materials/reagents for experimentation

  • Safe operation of industrial and laboratory equipment

  • Observation, note taking, and data collection for experiments

  • Maintenance of notes in an electronic laboratory notebook

  • Conducting literature research

  • Assisting with organization and cleaning of the lab spaces


Minimum Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Master’s degree in Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or other related field and 2 years of

    industrial laboratory experience OR Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or

    other related field and 5 years of industrial laboratory experience.

  • Experience in sub-cloning and strain engineering.

  • Expertise in cutting edge scientific techniques e.g., CRISPR, Next-Gen sequencing, RNA-Seq.

  • Exceptional organization skills.

  • Conscientious in the work place.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Strong observational skills.

  • Independently driven.

  • Diligent team member.

  • Ability to hand mix materials. This role requires repetitive use of hands and arms on a routine basis.

 Preferred Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of aseptic technique.

  • Willingness and interest in learning from observation.

  • Interest and knowledge of mycology and/or experience working with fungi.

  • Experience executing fungal molecular biology work (transformation, RT-PCR, protein isolation and analysis, DNA sequence analysis.)

  • Capability and desire to independently manage/design experiments.


Please submit a cover letter along and a resumé, or request an application to Human Resources at
We will review your qualifications and contact you if you are a potential match for the position.
Ecovative is a EEO / AA employer.

What You’ll Love About Us:

Ecovative is an exciting biotech company based in New York. Our founders are TED talk alumni and have been recognized as innovative entrepreneurs on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Our work has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes and on CNN.

Fantastic Team Culture.

Innovative team with diverse interests (from race cars to off-grid living).

Excellent Benefits.

Health, dental, vision, retirement, EAP, PTO, tuition reimbursement

Time to Connect.

Earth Day community work, retreats, holiday events, pie day, costume competitions, pumpkin carving, outings, food, etc.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team!