Research Scientist, Assay Development and Screening

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States | Full-time


Manus Bio is a next-generation industrial biotechnology company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts that produces plant-based ingredients.  We use a variety of patented and proprietary technologies for engineering microbes for the production of specialty chemicals, such as food ingredients, agricultural chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.  We are seeking a motivated individual for a research scientist position that will specialize in small scale fermentation process and assay development. This hands-on position requires a desire and ability to work as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team, as well as the demonstration of a high degree of flexibility, creativity, and initiative applied to the various duties and aspects of the position.  This person will be expected to tackle a variety of challenges as an integral part of Manus Bio’s R&D team.

Why work at Manus Bio:

  • Opportunity – For motivated, results-oriented team members, our growth creates opportunities for personal and professional advancement.
  • Accountability – You are given the resources you need to succeed and the freedom to make it happen; in return, we hold each other accountable for our high expectations.  
  • Passion – We love what we do and enjoy working with others who feel the same way. We embrace the challenge and hard work that come with working on the cutting edge.


  • Develop, test, and optimize small scale (e.g. 96-well) plate-based fermentation conditions and parameters for the production of complex natural products
  • Develop novel assays to measure diverse target compounds with increased throughput
  • Apply and incorporate augmentation and automation solutions
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary scientific team to effectively communicate plans and results for tool and assay development
  • Lead seamless implementation and integration of newly developed tools into the team’s workflows

 Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or a related field
  • Experience in small-scale microbial fermentation optimization (96 well plate or shake flasks)
  • Experience in developing medium to high throughput assays for product quantification or cellular analysis
  • Critical thinker with enthusiasm for deriving solutions to complex challenges in a biotechnology lab

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of microbial physiology and/or experience in metabolic engineering

Preferred Working Style:

  • Must be very well-organized and be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must be a quick learner who is self-motivated and able to ask questions and seek clarity
  • Must be flexible with day-to-day duties and able to thrive in a start-up environment
  • Must be an excellent team member with strong communication skills and a desire to work collaboratively
  • Must hold him or herself to the highest professional, scientific and ethical standards

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Employee Status: Permanent