Scientist - Microbiologist/Molecular Biology

Boston, MA

Mission of the Position

The mission of the role is to 1) grow and test various environmental microbes and 2) test the capability of environmental microbes to degrade / detoxify various environmental contaminants in support of developing commercial products. 3) Develop molecular biology tools to support protein engineering / expression-based projects. This is a full-time position that requires 70% time in the lab and 30% time for project management, data analysis, and reporting.  

Measurable Accountabilities

Project Scoping 

  • Collaboratively design scope of all technical projects using experimental design principles

• All projects have clearly defined fast fail milestones with kill criteria

• All projects have documented risks and mitigation plans

Project Execution & Management 

• Manage 2-3 projects at the same time

• Achieving 80%+ of key milestones on time and on budget or go/no go decision

• Document work, procedures, observations, and results

Microbiology Lab Set up and Maintenance  

  • Set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment 

• Gather and prepare biological samples for laboratory analysis


  • Develop cadence and clear communication of progress on experiments

• Embrace transparency; communicate early and often even for bad news

• Consistent and clear communication to Allonnia technical team

• Demonstrate good written communication skills for findings and reports

Brand Advancement 

  •  Present at 1-2 conferences/associations per year 

• Represent Allonnia with outside labs

• Foster technical relationships with development partners

Debrief & Learning 

• Documentation of work, procedures, observations, and results done throughout the project

• All experiments upon completion (or at critical phases) will have a debrief with the team 

• Debrief summary and learnings will documented

Reporting & Papers 

• Contributing to 1 technical paper per year

Key Criteria/Requirements

• PhD in microbiology or molecular biology or master’s with equivalent experience

• Minimum 5 years’ experience in microbiology/molecular biology (working with environmental microbes and consortium?

• Experience in experimental design, execution, and assay development

• Experience in molecular biology related techniques is a plus (PCR, DNA Transformation, Plasmid Construction, etc.)

• Experience managing projects to success (or to discontinuing projects when appropriate)

• Willingness to spend 70% of time in the lab

• Strong project management skills

• Good communication skills: ability to simplify the complex; ability to translate technical concepts into simple terms

• Willing to challenge others/critical thinking 

Allonnia Core Values

Purposeful Committing to work on the right things as individuals and as a company, making a difference every day

Entrepreneurial Working with passion and curiosity to learn every day, creatively delivering results to the world

Transparent Fostering a high trust environment that embraces constructive debate, achieving success together

Key Competencies

• Analysis Skills

• Creativity

• Integrity

• Resourcefulness/Initiative

• Organization/Planning

• Excellence

• Listening

• Team Player

• Communications – Oral

• Communications – Written

• Tenacity

JOB CODE: 1000026