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Join a well-funded and fast-moving startup in climate biotech! Elysia Creative Biology uses genetically engineered plants to solve one of the world's biggest problems: methane from agriculture. The single greatest source of ag methane--digestion of feed by livestock--accounts for more global warming than shipping, air travel, and deforestation put together. To solve this problem we... need a technology that reaches every corner of the earth quickly and easily. Our answer? Plants. By genetically engineering methane elimination tech into the feed crops that livestock already eat, we make it completely seamless for farmers around the world to eliminate their worst climate pollutant.

Elysia is the only company in the world working directly with the plants that animals eat a billion tons of every year, because we believe this is the way to solve the problem at full scale: 100% enteric methane elimination everywhere on earth. We are building a visionary team that shares our uncompromising goal and isn't afraid to do hard stuff to get there. We are currently seeking an analytical chemist whose primary responsibility is to help shorten our iteration cycle by bringing advanced analyses in-house to Elysia's lab.


The Analytical Chemist will join Elysia's core team and work closely with plant scientists and outside partners to characterize new products in our tech development pipeline. The right candidate will be able to work across highly diverse analyses in a fast-paced environment, and is enthusiastic to learn about all parts of the business and develop new scientific expertise.
• Perform laboratory analysis of primary metabolites and small molecules in plant and microbe samples by GC-MS, GC-FID, LC-MS; optimize methods and sub-protocols for specific applications. Experience with stable isotope analysis, metabolomics, and advanced data methods is highly valued.
• Perform analysis of changes in methane emissions using GC and/or gas analyzer
• Analyze data, share results, and prepare high-level recommendations
• Participate in meetings with corporate partners, investors, and university collaborators
• Help design and build out Elysia's in-house laboratory capacity

• Super creative (so important we put it right in the name)
• PhD in a relevant field, or equivalent experience; we value nontraditional sources of expertise
• Minimum 3 years of experience working with plant-derived or nontypical sample material
• Documented experience of extreme problem solving and success as a highly independent worker
• Must be or aspire to become an extraordinary science communicator
• On-the-ground experience in agriculture, climate, and/or conservation is a strong plus

As a small and flexible startup, there is potential for the right person to take a leadership role in helping to grow the company in addition to technical expertise. The Analytical Chemist position has some ability to start out as part-time or with especially flexible scheduling for an experienced and independent candidate.

To apply

We will review linkedin applications and follow up by email. You may also assemble and send an application packet to jobs@elysiabio.com including:
• CV
• 1-page cover letter, including the origin of your interest in climate biotech and/or enteric methane reduction
• [Optional] 1-page research statement summarizing your technical background and highest interests as a scientist
Raleigh NC USA


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