Microbiology Laboratory Scientist (Temp) at Pattern Bioscience | Powderkeg

Location: Austin, TX

Employment Type: Temporary

Team: Microbiology

At Pattern Bioscience, we’re tackling antibiotic resistance, one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. Our technology rapidly identifies bacterial infections and predicts the most effective antibiotics to treat the infection. We’re building direct-from-specimen phenotypic rapid ID/AST assays using live cells on our proprietary instrument and consumable platform.

We are seeking a Microbiology Laboratory Scientist to perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing, culture-based microbiology testing, and microbial identification for our Pattern Laboratory for a period of 3-4 months, starting in August . In this role, you will interact with groups in R&D, Quality, Clinical Affairs, and Manufacturing. Besides performing work essential to the daily operational activities of the microbiology laboratory (including microbial cultures, equipment maintenance, and procedure development), your efforts will improve the quality and efficiency of our research and assay development activities. This role is for you if you love bacteriology & antimicrobial resistance and building & implementing laboratory systems & processes.

How Will You Contribute

  • Conduct microbiology reference testing and Pattern assay testing pre-clinical study protocol methods
  • Provide microbiology support for successful analytical studies needed for FDA submission
  • Support the expansion of the microbial isolate strain bank
  • Support lab transition to GLP
  • Perform microbiology testing, including culture-based testing, Gram stains, MALDI-TOF MS for microbial identification, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (including disk diffusion and gradient diffusion methods)
  • Draft and review laboratory standard operating procedures
  • Perform required quality control of reagents, media, assays, instrumentation etc.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on laboratory equipment
  • Perform routine laboratory maintenance tasks (such as cleaning, routine temperature monitoring, etc.)

We'd Love to Hear from You if You

  • Are willing to quickly learn and master new laboratory techniques
  • Have an outstanding work ethic and passion for multi-disciplinary product development
  • Have a drive to innovate and solve problems
  • Apply critical thinking and analysis to your work
  • Enjoy working self-directed and independently as well as collaborating with others in open environment
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Have excellent planning and organization skills, attention to detail

Desired Education & Experience

  • BS in microbiology or medical technology or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Setting or other regulated environment (eg CAP, CLIA, FDA, food safety, etc).
  • Experience working with BSL-2 microbes
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing, MALDI-TOF MS for microorganism identification, and automated blood culture systems, clinical relevant microbes, culture conditions, etc.
  • Certification from ASCP or ASCLS, or microbiology specialist certification a plus

Join us! We're excited for what you can bring to our team. Here are a few things we provide to make sure you have a great experience. Learn more about our team by visiting our website.


  • Health insurance

  • 401k Matching

  • Paid Time Off

  • The opportunity to make a global impact

To fulfill our mission and build world-changing technology, we’ve put together a diverse, multi-disciplinary top-notch team, a culture of innovation, learning, adaptability, and excellence and environment where people love coming to work.

We value diversity on our teams. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, neurodiversity, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, hair texture or protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Microbiology Laboratory Scientist (Temp)
  • Company
    Pattern Bioscience
  • Location
    Austin, TX
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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