Job Openings

Research Biologist

Electro-Active is looking for a Research Biologist to join our growing team with a focus on studying the microbial community biocatalyst in the microbial electrolysis system for production of hydrogen from food waste. The position will assist in the execution of research experiments with the reactors, extraction and preparation of DNA/RNA samples for sequencing as well as sequencing data analysis. The ideal candidate will have a highly successful academic record, experience in laboratory work related to microbiology/biochemical engineering, high attention to detail, and the capability to undertake independent research tasks. An interest in sustainability and next-generation renewable energy technology as well as desire to work in a dynamic, fast-pace startup environment is a plus.


    • Collect and analyze DNA/RNA samples to build datasets relevant to understanding microbial communities

    • Design and implement protocols for advancing the science of electroactive biofilms.

    • Execute experiments in bioelectrolysis reactors to study effect of process and design parameters

    • Document results from experiments systematically to support development of commercial systems

    • Ensure data quality and integrity of assigned experiments


    • Wet lab experience required

    • Background in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemical engineering, with experience working with biological systems preferred

    • Ability to conduct testing procedures from written instructions with precision and accuracy

    • Knowledge of general laboratory and industrial safety and potential hazards including proper protective clothing, chemical containment and biosecurity

    • Previous experience with handling and preparing DNA/RNA samples

    • Experience with analyzing sequence data and relevant bioinformatic platforms is desirable


    • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a bioscience discipline (e.g. Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Bioprocess Engineering, Environmental Engineering,).

Interested candidates please submit a resume and cover letter to Location: Knoxville, TN. Relocation package will be provided. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates with less experience may be considered for internship positions.