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Lab Technician (B.Sc., M.Sc.) Axenic Microalgae Culturing

Algenol Biofuels is seeking to fill one full-time Lab Technician position in its Culture Group in Fort Myers, Florida.  The position will include the cultivation of axenic algal cultures at both small and large scales in support of Algenol’s research and development objectives.  The technician also will be responsible for routine quality control measurements on algal cultures, including microscopy and flow cytometry analyses. 


  1. Preparation of culture media, solutions, and agar plates for algal cultures.
  2. Cultivation of small and large volume axenic algal cultures.
  3. Maintenance of cryogenic cell banks.
  4. Quality control monitoring of algal cultures.
  5. Assist with day-to-day laboratory operations, including maintenance of equipment and ordering laboratory supplies.

Required Qualifications:

  1. B.Sc. in Biology, Botany, Marine Biology, Limnology, or Microbiology with a minimum of one year of relevant experience or a M.Sc. in an appropriate field.
  2. Experience with algal culturing methods, including media preparation, axenic cultivation, and strain purification.
  3. Familiar with general lab practices, lab safety rules, and basic scientific equipment.
  4. Ability to lift heavy weights and to work extended periods of time outdoors in a hot and humid climate.
  5. Ability to problem-solve and work independently but integrate well with small working groups and to cope with a fast pace work environment.
  6. Availability for flexible work hours and weekend (incl. Sunday, holiday) work.
  7. Experience with Microsoft Office applications.
  8. Fluent in written and spoken English.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  1. Practical research experience in the field of microalgal/phytoplankton ecology and/or physiology.
  2. Experience with transmitted light and epifluorescence microscopy.
  3. Experience with flow cytometry.
  4. Experience with cryopreservation and the maintenance of cell banks.

Application Procedure

Applicants submit their cover letter; curriculum vitae; and name, address, and email of three references as one PDF document to jobs@algenol.com with the reference code “LTCC-01” in the subject line. Applicants indicate their time frame of availability in their cover letter. Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled. Only applications meeting the outlined qualifications and providing all requested information will be considered.

Benefits Generous compensation package includes performance-based bonus programs, medical, dental, and life insurance, 401(k) plan, and childcare benefits.

Company Description

Algenol LLC is a global, development stage, industrial biotechnology company that makes biofuels and high-value industrial chemicals cost-effectively from abundant, renewable resources. Algenol uses hybrid blue-green algae and specially designed photobioreactors as a sustainable, proprietary platform for making its products from carbon dioxide, sunlight, and saltwater. The Company’s first product is ethanol for the biofuel and ethylene markets, which it produces with its patented DIRECT TO ETHANOL® process. The Company’s product pipeline includes propanol, isopropanol, butanol, isobutyraldehyde, and isoprene.