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Mascoma, Bioenergy

Mascoma  is one of Dayaway's top 50 companies with the best track record for offering jobs to graduating/interning university students

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Article written by Jordan Baker, Johns Hopkins University

Location: HQ in Lebanon, New Hampshire

Size:  51 - 200 employees (source: LinkedIn),private

# Jobs offered:  7 (explained)

Degrees sought:  BS/MS Biology/Bio-chem, Science Multiple; BS Agronomy

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Sector:  Bioenergy (explained)

Similar sector companies:  Sapphire Energy, Agrivida, Amyris, Genomatica, and Verenium

Hired from:  University of Waterloo, McMaster University, St. Olaf College, West Virginia University, Purdue University, Dartmouth, Sheridan College, Jiangnan University, and Regional Engineering College (explained)



 What They Do And What You Could Do For Them

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Several sentences, from Mascoma's website, describing what they do:

“As a result of our highly adaptable CBP (consolidated bioprocessing) technology platform, Mascoma intends to operate across the renewable fuels and chemicals industries, with a near-term focus on ethanol. The ethanol industry has grown significantly over the past several years. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, corn ethanol production increased from 3.4 billion gallons in 2005 to over 13 billion gallons in 2010 and ethanol exports in 2010 hit a record high of 350 million gallons. Mascoma believes this large and established industry presents a compelling need for their proprietary Mascoma Grain Technology, or MGT, yeast product, which is a genetically-modified yeast product that can be used by corn ethanol producers as a drop-in substitute to conventional yeast.”

Examples of jobs offered by Mascoma: (explained)

Research Associate I (BS Agronomy):  The successful candidate will serve as a research farm assistant in plant breeding, horticulture and agronomic research. Direct reporting will be to the Senior Research Scientist, Plant Breeder. The focus of the position will be on new cultivar of high-biomass perennial grasses for the biofuel and power markets. The candidate will assist in all field plot activities, record, organize, and disseminate data, and implement improved GH and GC production strategies. The candidate must have a BS in Agronomy with 2-5 years of experience, basic computer skills, vegetative and seed propagation experience and be able to lift over 25 pounds.

Research Associate, Microbiology (BS Biology/Micro-bio/Bio-chem):  The Research Associate/Technician will join a team that is involved in improving bacteria and/or yeast for the production of ethanol. Activities include: anaerobic cell cultivation, small scale fermentation, strain storage, revival and testing. Activities may also include molecular biology, cloning, and transformation. Research topics include: microbial strain selection, adaptation, engineering, and physiology. This position will report to a Research Scientist in the Organism Development group. The selected individual must possess practical knowledge of techniques in microbiology and the design and execution of experiments. The individual should be familiar with basic microbiology techniques and cultivation of E. coli and/or yeast. Preference will be given to those with experience with anaerobic bacteria. The candidate must have a BS degree in microbiology, genetics, molecular biology or biochemistry with 0-3 years relevant experience in an R & D environment, be able to perform standard microbiology techniques, and be familiar with biochemical pathways and assays.

Research Associate, Bioprocess (BS/MS Biology/Bio-chem):  This position will report to a Research Scientist or Team Leader. The Bioprocess Research Associate will work with a team to develop processes that convert cellulosic biomass to fuels and chemicals using proprietary organisms. Activities include method development, routine maintenance of equipment, documentation, report writing, and presentation of results across multifunctional teams. Key responsibilities of the successful candidate include, but may not be limited to, assembly, operation, routine maintenance, and trouble‐shooting of small scale fermentations including shake flasks and bioreactors up to 10L scale. Candidate must have a BS degree in Biotechnology, Biology, Microbiology, or Biochemical Engineering with 0‐5 years of experience OR a MS degree in the above area with 0‐3 years of experience. They should have familiarity with laboratory procedures associated with biological process development, including shake flask fermentation, media preparation, sterile techniques, bioreactor operation, and analytical methods for quantification of carbohydrates, proteins, and other biomass fermentation by‐products.



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Page Notes: 

"Bioenergy"-  is renewable energy made available from materials derived from biological sources. In its most narrow sense it is a synonym to biofuel, which is fuel derived from biological sources. In its broader sense it includes biomass, the biological material used as a biofuel.  Source:  Wikipedia

"Jobs:"  The number of jobs we have founded to be listed by this company on their website or on another job board since early 2010.

"Examples of Jobs:"  Excerpts from job descriptions Dayaway has re-listed since 2010.  While these jobs may or may not open up in the future, we feel that they are representative of future positions.

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