Research Assistant in the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing

University of Iowa

United States


Research Assistant
The Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Unit (CBB) at the University of Iowa is seeking a Research Assistant to provide support for research by conducting experiments, investigations, evaluations, and laboratory maintenance and management. The CBB welcomes the richness of talent from a diverse workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenge, and energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace. Reporting to the Technical Director of CBB, the Research Assistant will work with fermentation, downstream processing, and growth and handling of cultures.


About the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing
Biotechnology is a movement many believe will mark one of the first and most dramatic innovations of the 21st Century. For more than twenty years, CBB has been combining first-class scientific faculty with cutting-edge facilities to reshape and define new technologies for chemical, pharmaceutical, nutritional and agrochemical industries. In 1995, we opened our new laboratory at The University of Iowa Research Park (previously called Oakdale Research Park) North of the University of Iowa, where our multidisciplinary faculty has continued to dedicate themselves to education, research, and technology transfer related to biocatalysis and bioprocessing. We are proud that in the past two decades our scientists have routinely made significant contributions to the advancement of science while working with industrial, governmental, and academic clients. We also have continued to work to bring life science-based companies to Iowa.

Today, the CBB consists of a growing number of more than 50 faculty members and more than 300 researchers, including graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral scientists, technicians, and visiting faculty and industrial scientists. Our faculty members come from ten different departments, and we are home to more than 20 predoctoral fellows. Our principal areas of study include biocatalyst fundamental properties, bioremediation, bioprocessing, new biocatalyst discovery, novel biocatalyst applications, biosensing technology, and reactive agent development.


Benefits Highlights
Regular salaried position located in Coralville, Iowa
Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans


Required Application Materials
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload two personal and current documents, and mark them as submission-relevant:
Cover letter

These attachments should clearly address how the applicants meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

An applicant who fails to submit the required materials will be considered incomplete and therefore are ineligible for interview.

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:


Sarah Tillman

Please note regarding references: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.


Position Qualifications

Education or Equivalency Required
Professional and scientific personnel require a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology, Biochemical Engineering, or an Associate of applied science degree in biotechnology or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualifications
12-months of experience in laboratory work with fermentation, downstream processing, and growth and handling of cultures. Experience may result from previous employment in relevant industries or equivalent combinations of education and experience.
Experience in participating directly in the operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment.

Desirable Qualifications
Experience with upstream or downstream fermentation processes under cGMP conditions.

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