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Scientist I/Scientist II/Sr Scientist, Fungal Microbiology/Fermentation

Hexagon Bio

Menlo Park, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences QA/QC
  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Post Date: 02/06/2023
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  • Company Address: 1490 OBrien Dr, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
  • Salary Range: $115,000 - $180,000

About Hexagon Bio

Hexagon Bio is a data-driven biopharma company developing targeted small molecule therapeutics. Our proprietary platform combines data science, genomics, synthetic biology, chemistry and automation to discover potent, evolutionarily-refined small molecules and their cognate targets directly from DNA sequences. We are mining fungal genomes for inspiration for the next generation of targeted therapies for diseases with unmet needs.

Job Description

About Hexagon Bio:

Hexagon Bio leverages a genomics-based platform and understanding of natural product evolution to develop next-generation medicines for human disease. Hexagon Bio's algorithms identify gene clusters that encode the machinery needed to produce specialized metabolites that can be harnessed against human disease targets. Our unique platform allows us to produce new chemical leads based on these findings. We use data science, genomics, synthetic biology, and automation to discover potent, evolutionarily refined small molecules and their cognate targets from fungal genomes. 

Location: Menlo Park, California

Job Description:

We are searching for a highly motivated Scientist with expertise in fungal microbiology and fermentation to join our synthetic biology team.  In this role, you will collaborate closely with Hexagon's team of fungal biologists, synthetic biologists, and strain engineers to drive the growth and optimization of fungal cultures to enable our drug discovery platform. Opportunities for scientific and career development include exploration of novel biology and assay formats as well as leadership of project teams from Discovery to IND.

Key Qualifications: 

  • PhD in microbiology, fungal biology, chemical engineering or a related discipline required
  • Extensive experience with the high throughput culturing of diverse fungal species at scales from milliliter to multi-liter
  • Experience in the optimization of culture conditions for production of natural products
  • Experience in the use of stirred tank and/or rocker bioreactors is desired
  • Outstanding communication skills with the ability to build transparent and collaborative relationships across the company
  • Exceptional interpersonal and management skills that foster collaboration, teamwork, scientific excellence and rigorous innovation

What We Offer:

  • A flexible and dynamic work environment where you pave your own path, Hexagon cultivates employees' unique strengths at all levels and provides mobility across departments.
  • Weekly “All Hands Meetings” provide an opportunity to share company and team updates. These meetings are rooted in our value of transparency. They are designed to foster a culture of collaboration, curiosity, and open communication.
  • Competitive compensation and a robust benefits package: a comprehensive suite of medical, dental, and vision insurance plans through TriNet, which offers additional voluntary benefits (pet insurance, accident insurance, home & auto insurance, and more).
  • Equity and a 401(k) plan.
  • Rapid career advancement for driven performers.
  • Access to scientific conferences all over the country throughout the year.
  • A range of amenities, courtesy of the Menlo Park Labs business park, including shuttle, gym, rock-climbing wall, pool, sports courts, cafe, bike lockers, and free EV charging stations.
  • Opportunities to engage with the Hexagon community through team-building events like our monthly Hexagon Happy Hour and holiday parties.

Additional Information

The salary range is dependent on the level of Scientist that is hired (Scientist I, Scientist II, Sr Scientist). The salary range for this full-time position is $115,000 - $180,000 + bonus + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across California locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. 

Hexagon Bio is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workplace. All applicants will be considered equally without regard to race, color, ethnicity, veteran status, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, membership in an organization, or any other non-merit factors.

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