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Lumen Bioscience

1441 N. 34th St, Ste 300

Seattle, WA 98103

Open Position: Production Assistant

POSITION TYPE: Full-time, Regular, Non-exempt

REPORTS TO: SVP Production


Job Description

Lumen is seeking a highly motivated Production Assistant.

The Production Assistant grows, maintains, and harvests algae in Lumen’s photobioreactor system following written Standard Operating Procedures. This position is also responsible for coordinating with the Production Head and Food Safety Team to schedule operations and ensure that operations are compliant with Lumen’s quality management system (FSCC 22000). The Production Assistant schedule will include either a Saturday or Sunday workday as part of the regular work schedule. This is a full time, hourly position reporting to the SVP Production.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Production Assistant is responsible for daily production reactor operations including:

  • Conducting inoculations, transfers, harvests and cleaning activities; conducting daily sampling, sample processing, recording results in lot/batch records. 

  • Use of pipettes, mechanical pipettors, balances, and spectrophotometer. 

  • Operation under current Good Manufacturing Practices, requiring careful attention to detail and ability to conduct operations strictly according to procedure under hygienic conditions. 

  • Strict adherence to food and personal safety standards and protocols to ensure a safe working environment for both the operator and other team members, and production of a safe and compliant food product.


Desired and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or Associate degree in a biology field with laboratory technician work experience, 


  • Significant work experience in a cGMP commercial food or beverage production environment.

The successful application will have the following attributes:

  • Ability to understand and follow detailed operational procedures and work instructions. 

  • Good office-type computer skills. 

  • Mechanical competence, ability to use pumps and hoses for transfer of liquids.

  • Be safety minded: safe and hygienic workplace practices are mandatory 

  • Experience in sanitary liquid handling (commercial beverage or food processing, brewing, etc.) a significant plus. 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and team focus, along with a desire to learn new processes. 


The successful application may have the following desirable attributes and experience:

  • Some coursework in biology and or a scientific background in a biology field.

  • Some experience working in a production environment that is governed by a quality assurance system such as ISO 9001 or the like, including (i) document control systems, (ii) batch/lot recordkeeping processes, (iii) rigorously documented operating procedures, (iv) regular cleaning and quality testing procedures.  

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift and carry 65 lbs.; ability to manipulate hoses, air lines, sanitary tri-clamps, etc. overhead.

Required to safely use stepstools and step ladders in accordance with Lumen’s workplace safety policies


How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@lumenbioscience.com with the job title in the subject line.

This position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Only successful applicants will be contacted.


About Lumen
Based in Seattle, Washington, Lumen Bioscience has developed proprietary technologies for synthesizing high-value biologics products in a novel platform organism. Lumen completed its Series A financing in late 2017 and is using these technologies to produce new solutions for long-standing problems in healthcare and nutrition. The Lumen team works out of a beautiful lab and office facility in Fremont, a picturesque neighborhood on the north shore of Lake Union in the heart of Seattle. At Lumen, you'll be challenged, you'll be inspired, and you'll be proud to be part of an innovative organization making a real impact on improving the quality of life globally.

Lumen is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

NOTE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: Lumen values its relationships with recruitment partners and will only accept resumes from those partners that have been contracted by a member of the human resources team. Lumen is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received by any employee of Lumen who is not a member of the human resources team.