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Data Scientist 1 - Contractor (2391)

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Data Scientist 1 - Contractor (2391)

Amyris has developed a high-throughput genetic engineering platform for designing and building custom microbes to serve as living factories. Using an industrial scale fermentation process, our microbes convert cheap sugars into a wide variety of high-value target molecules. Our end products directly impact millions of lives. We are pragmatic idealists seeking a profitable way to make the world a better place. We are convinced synthetic biology is here to stay and will have a major positive impact on our planet and everyday life.
Within Amyris R&D, we are searching for a highly energetic, curious, and self-motivated data scientist with a strong background in statistics, computing and biology to join our Data Science and Computing team.  Research at Amyris is a highly multidisciplinary effort that needs brilliant contributions from life sciences and engineering disciplines in order to take projects from concept to market. From hacking directly on DNA in the lab to full scale factory production, every aspect of our work is facilitated and accelerated by quantitative science and software & hardware automation. The Data Science and Computing team works hand-in-hand with bench scientists and builds tools that enable genome engineering, protein engineering, metabolic modeling, omics experiment analysis, statistical design of experiments and machine learning models in pursuit of making better microbial strains or fermentation processes. In short, we help accelerate the design-build-test-analyze cycle in synthetic biology.


  • Iteratively develop computational algorithms, analyses, visualization tools and machine learning models to meet evolving scientific needs and to aid rapid data-driven decision making while working with a variety of data types including: genotype (NGS), phenotype (metabolomics, proteomics, GC/MS, spectroscopy, fermentation) and material flow.
  • Build version-controlled, computational workflows to analyze and model rich, high-throughput phenotype data.
  • Interact closely with a cross-disciplinary teams of biology, analytical chemistry, and fermentation scientists to build data science products.

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in quantitative discipline such as computer science, mathematics, computational biology, electrical engineering, bioengineering or equivalent.  
  • Ph.D. plus 1-3 years experience, or M.S. plus 3-6 years experience.  
  • Experienced in analyzing & visualizing large scientific datasets representing biological & chemical phenotypes
  • Intermediate (undergraduate level) understanding of biology topics including: genetics, cell physiology, biochemistry, evolution.
  • Experience with programming best practices (unit testing, CI/CD, etc.) and version control while contributing to or maintaining large codebases.
  • Expertise with scripting programming languages (Python is preferred).
  • Hands-on experience with machine learning frameworks and concepts.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and intellectually rigorous environment.
  • Creativity, independent thinking, and passion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in mass spectrometry informatics, high throughput sequencing, spectrophotometry, or industrial fermentation
  • Experience in a microbiology or synthetic biology setting
At Amyris, we believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) is essential to our core values. We embrace and encourage an equity-minded work culture, knowing that it is the driving force of innovation that positively impacts our employees, consumers, and communities. And for Amyris, a sense of belonging is what drives our mission forward and is the foundation of everything we do, ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for us all. Make Good, No Compromise.

Amyris, a leader in industrial synthetic biology, uses its innovative bioscience solutions to achieve renewable products by converting plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules. Amyris’ molecules are used in wide range of specialty & performance chemicals, flavors & fragrances and in applications ranging from cosmetics to biofuels. Learn more at
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