Symbrosia inc Indoor Macroalgae Lab Technician Kailua Kona, HI · Full time

Voted one of Hawai'i's Best Places to Work 2024 by Hawai'i Business Magazine, Symbrosia is transforming agriculture with its innovative SeaGraze® additive, reducing livestock methane emissions by over 75% and enhancing animal health. Derived from Asparagopsis taxiformis seaweed (limu kohu), SeaGraze®'s success is backed by sustainable practices and partnerships with notable names like Organic Valley and Danone, and a recent offtake agreement from mid-west beef co-op for 350,000 head of cattle, highlighting its role in eco-friendly livestock management. In 2022, Danone Manifesto Ventures led a funding round to help Symbrosia scale up production and push for broader market adoption.

Description

As Indoor Macroalgae Technician, you will be responsible for maintaining the indoor hatchery and seed bank portions of our seaweed operation. This position offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in applied science, research, and agriculture.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Grow Asparagopsis taxiformis cultures in our indoor culture systems using aseptic technique. This includes algae inoculations, nutrient dosing, algae transfer, and system cleaning according to protocol.  
  • Maintain indoor algae cultures independently with minimal oversight and accurately according to protocol, once trained.
  • Complete daily data collection including but not limited to biomass estimates, microscopy analysis, and visual inspections. This includes data entry and working with our data analyst.
  • Complete water sample analysis for experimental and quality assurance purposes using spectrophotometer.
  • Uphold biosecurity best practices and minimize contamination within iterative improvements and new experiments
  • Actively support the innovation stage-gate process: brainstorming and ideation sessions, concept development, concept screening, feasibility and commercialization.
  • Maintain a safe working environment and provide general facility support and maintenance 
  • Preserve all forms of intellectual and material property. 
  • Maintain inventory and lab organization and cleanliness. 
  • Be a team player, help Symbrosia grow! 


Requirements

  • Adhere to all company policies, procedures and practices.
  • Experience working in a sterile environment, such as a laboratory, medical, or pharmaceutical setting, is highly desirable.
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to perform tasks with precision and care.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a high-pressure environment.
  • Commitment to maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and sterility.
  • Degree in Marine Science is preferred but not required.


Benefits

  • 21 days PTO + 13 days flex holiday PTO
  • 100% health insurance (dental + vision), 50% for dependents
  • 401k + company matching
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Stock Option Plan - you'll have ownership in the company!
  • Quarterly community work days in local non-profits
  • Quarterly bonus program
  • Upskilling and conference travel budget
  • Internal incentive programs with sliding bonus (grants, cost reduction)
  • Ocean view at work, ice plunge, workout zone
  • Coffee, coconut water, goodies



Salary

$52,000 - $62,000 per year