Career Development

Cal-CAB Career Development

A 2014 analysis, conducted by the San Diego County of Governments’ (SANDAG) economic bureau, reported that the direct, indirect, and induced economic impact of the algae biotechnology research and manufacturing industry generates a total of approximately 1,020 total jobs, $80 million in wages, and over $175 million of economic output to the San Diego regional economy. With increasing pressure on fossil fuels and the ability to use algae to create a wide range of photosynthetic-based bio-products, the algae biotechnology sector is set to grow at an impressive pace.  Already, direct employment in the algae biotechnology industry in the San Diego region has nearly doubled since 2009.

To help meet the anticipated growth, Cal-CAB has raised grant funding and industry partner support to develop certificate and summer research programs  to provide training opportunities. Cal-CAB also supports career development in algae biotechnology through networking opportunities, scientific symposia, and advertising positions within Cal-CAB and affiliated labs, as well as providing information and protocols for others to use in setting up their own research.

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Cal-CAB is a consortium of researchers in many departments across multiple California-based university campuses. Each department has its own protocol to apply for a Postdoc position or a Graduate Degree program.  If you are interested in a graduate or postdoc research position in a Cal-CAB lab, you will first need to research our faculty and identify which faculty are of interest to you.

For graduate programs, you can then identify their university and home department, and locate the application instructions for each department’s program. For UCSD and SIO graduate programs, information on the application process can be found on the UCSD Office of Graduate Studies website.

For Postdoctoral research positions at Cal-CAB, you will need to contact the faculty member directly to see if they have availability in their lab and would like to review your CV.  It is recommended that you try to organize a postdoc position about a year in advance. Postdoctoral positions may also be advertised below under the Employment tab, or on the UCSD Office of Postdoctoral & Visiting Scholar Affairs site.

Volunteer

Volunteering at Cal-CAB is a great way to get hands on experience, technical skills and new contacts. Many Cal-CAB labs offer volunteer positions in the lab. There are also volunteer opportunities outside of the lab, including administration, event support and graphics/marketing.

As Cal-CAB, faculty span many departments across multiple California-based university campuses. If you are interested in volunteering in a Cal-CAB lab, you will first need to research our faculty and identify which faculty are of interest to you.  You can then contact the faculty directly with your request.  It is recommended that you include a coverletter, resume and recent transcript, if relevant.  Some Cal-CAB faculty do take on volunteers who are not current students, but generally preference is given to current undergraduates at that institution.

Employment

Cal-CAB includes a range of professional and student employees, including undergraduate lab assistants, lab managers, research scientists, certificate course lecturers, faculty and administrators. Each affiliated university has a different advertising and recruitment process.

At UCSD and SIO, employment opportunities with Cal-CAB affiliated laboratories are posted through the following sites:


Current positions in Cal-CAB labs

Postdoctoral Fellow
Updated 10/12/16

Description: The Mayfield Lab is seeing a Postdoctoral Fellow for a one year appointment to work on Molecular Genetics and Synthetic Biology in Green Algae. The successful applicant will engineer green algae for the production of recombinant proteins. Transgenic algae will be generated that express recombinant mammalian proteins. The proteins need to be purified and characterized for bioactivity in cell based assays. Expertise in molecular biology is essential. Expertise in protein biochemistry is desirable.

Cal-CAB Affiliate Employment Opportunities

Cal-CAB affiliates are welcome to email a link to employment opportunities to be posted below.

If you wish to get more information or apply for a job listed below, please click on the link and contact the advertising company directly.

Websites for algae jobs

Current Job Ads

Uppsala University: Microbial Chemistry Group

We are looking for a postdoc and two PhD students to join the Microbial Chemistry group at the Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Research in the Microbial Chemistry group is focused on cyanobacterial biotechnology, and the available projects are in the area of genetic engineering of cyanobacteria, aiming to generate strains with new capabilities in formation of renewable chemicals. A background in molecular biology, biotechnology or biochemistry is essential. Experience with cyanobacteria or other phototrophic microorganisms would be an advantage, but it is not a strict requirement.

For furthur details please see the position descriptions below, visit the Uppsala University website, or contact Associate Professor Pia Lindberg (+46 18-4716587, pia.lindberg@kemi.uu.se).

Postdoctoral Scholarship in Microbial Chemistry (Posted 2/15/17)

Location:  Department of Chemistry – Ångström, Uppsala University, Sweden 
Position Type:  Working hours 100%
Start Date:  Immediately or as agreed
Salary:  Stipend according to local agreements, for one year with possibility for one year prolongation

Projects:
The post doctoral scholar will work in a project aiming to generate strains of cyanobacteria with new capabilities in formation of renewable chemicals. You will identify target pathways and enzymes to be incorporated in the cells, make genetic constructs and test them in model organisms, and evaluate the results. The project also involves modifying the host cells to facilitate isolation of the generated products. Molecular and biochemical techniques are used, at Uppsala University and in collaborations with other labs, to analyse the cells’ response to genetic and environmental changes, in terms of productivity, growth, photosynthesis, and other characteristics. The results are used to further develop the design of new, engineered cells, and increase our fundamental understanding of cyanobacterial metabolism and limitations to productivity. The successful candidate will develop and perform research in this area, using molecular biology and bichemical methods for genetic modfication and analysis of cyanobacterial cells. Guiding students will also be a part of the responsibilities.

Qualifications:
The applicant must at the appointed starting date have a PhD in molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry or related area, with strong practical experience in molecular biotechnology. Large emphasis will be put on personal qualities; we are looking for a person with good collaboration and communication skills, who is able to work efficiently and independently. Excellent knowledge in English, both written and oral, is a must.

Application:  The application should be written in English or Swedish and include the following

  • Letter of motivation, with a short description of your research interests, and why you feel you are a good match for the project.
  • CV, including a description of relevant skills and experiences, as well as a full publication list.
  • A copy of your degree diploma, and other relevant official transcripts or documents you wish to provide in support of your application.
  • Names and contact information for at least two persons who can provide a letter of reference in support of your application, with a short description of how these individuals are professionally related to you.
  • Personal circumstances (for example parental leave) that are important for the validation of merits should also be described in your application.

Submit your application by email to Associate Professor Pia Lindberg (pia.lindberg@kemi.uu.se), no later than March 10, 2017. 

Two PhD Student Positions in Microbial Chemistry (Posted 2/15/17)

Location:  Department of Chemistry – Ångström, Uppsala University, Sweden 
Position Type:  Temporary position, 4 years
Start Date:  April 1, 2017 or as otherwise agreed
Salary:  According to local agreement for PhD students

Projects:
You will work in a project aiming to generate strains of cyanobacteria with new capabilities in formation of renewable chemicals. One of the available projects is about biosynthesis of terpenoids, a large and structurally diverse family of compounds with many applications, ranging from fuels to pharmaceuticals. The other project concerns developing renewable generation of chemicals originating from different pathways in the central metabolism of cyanobacteria. You will identify target pathways and enzymes to be incorporated in the cells, make genetic constructs and test them in model organisms, and evaluate the results. Molecular and biochemical techniques are used, at Uppsala University and in collaborations with other labs, to analyse the cells’ response to genetic and environmental changes, in terms of productivity, growth, photosynthesis, and other characteristics. The results are used to further develop the design of new, engineered cells, and increase our fundamental understanding of cyanobacterial metabolism and limitations to productivity. You will also take part in an ongoing collaborative effort to improve the potential of cyanobacteria as biotechnological host organisms, developing synthetic biology tools for use in our model strains.

Qualifications:
To be eligible for the position you must have, or obtain before the agreed starting date, an academic degree at master level or equivalent with specialization within biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology. Documented practical skills in molecular biology work are required. Previous experience in molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry or similar is an advantage.Large emphasis will be put on personal qualities; we are looking for a person with good collaboration and communication skills, who takes own initiatives and is able to work efficiently and independently. Excellent knowledge in English, both written and oral, is a must.

Position:
The PhD education corresponds to four years of full time studies. The position may be combined with teaching (up to 20%) which extends the position by the corresponding amount of time. More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available here.

Application:
The application should contain a personal letter where you briefly describe yourself, your research interests, and motivate why you wish to do a PhD. The application should also contain your CV, copies of relevant exams and course grades, letters of reference or contact information of at least two reference persons, as well as other documents (such as publications) that you want to refer to in your application.

Submit your application here, no later than February 28, 2017.

Earthrise Nutritionals LLC

Earthrise is looking for a responsible, dependable research assistant with knowledge on analysis, microalgae culture and/or algae biotechnology. All Earthrise temporary positions below come with the same benefits for full-time regular employees, including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Sick Days, and Paid Holidays.

Send Resume and other relevant information by email to: hr@earthrise.com.

Research Assistant (Posted 1/27/17)

Location:  Earthrise Nutritionals LLC, Calipatria Office (113 Hoober Rd., Calipatria, CA 92233)
Position Type:  Temporary until end of 2018  
Start Date:  ASAP
Salary:  $22/hr

Principal Functions:  Assist Researcher in all matters related to research and development. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyze biochemical composition (pigment, lipid, protein etc.) and nutrient composition by HPLC, IC, GC, and so on
  • Maintain and repair the above analytical instruments
  • Consider and establish new analytical methods
  • Plan and conduct experiments relevant to research and development of microalgae and microalgae-based products.
  • Analyze and interpreting the results and arriving at conclusions that may benefit the business
  • Keep accurate records of work undertaken
  • Use specialist computer software to analyze data and produce illustrative reports
  • Discuss research progress with other departments.
  • Share the results of research with colleagues through presentations or discussions at team meetings to discuss application of research results to solve short and long-range problems of the company
  • Carry out searches for information using internet and information databases; and compiling a literature database
  • Constantly consider the profit/loss potential of research activities

Requirements:

  • Education Level:  BS, MS or PhD in Biology, Biochemistry with emphasis on algae biotechnology 
  • Experience:  At least 1 year of relevant job or research experience with analytical skill for biochemical composition and for nutrient composition, and/or microalgae culturing skills

Research Assistant for Analysis  (Posted 1/27/17)

Location:  Earthrise Nutritionals LLC, Calipatria Office (113 Hoober Rd., Calipatria, CA 92233)
Position Type:  Temporary until end of 2018  
Start date:  ASAP
Salary:  $19-22/hr

Principal Functions:  Assist Researcher in all matters related to research and development. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct experiments relevant to research and development of microalgae and microalgae-based products.
  • Keep accurate records of work undertakenUsecomputer software to analyze data and produce illustrative reports
  • Plan and conduct experiments relevant to research and development of microalgae and microalgae-based products.
  • Keep accurate records of work undertaken
  • Use computer software to analyze data and produce illustrative reports
  • Discuss research progress with other departments.
  • Share the results of research with colleagues through presentations or discussions at team meetings to discuss application of research results to solve short and long-range problems of the company

Requirements:

  • Education Level:  BS or MS in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology 
  • Experience:  At least 1 year of relevant job or experience with analytical skill

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