November 17, 2020

Now Hiring: Research Assistant

TITLE:     Research Assistant

TYPE:                  Full-time, Salaried Exempt
REPORTS TO:     Chief Science Officer or designee
LOCATION:         St. Louis, MO
TRAVEL:             0-10%
RELOCATION:     Relocation package is not available

 Please send cover letter, resume, and response to questionnaire to either: 

Via US Mail to:
TechAccel, LLC
6811 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Suite 215
Shawnee Mission, KS 66202
Via email to:


 No walk-ins or recruiters.

Position Summary:RNAissance Ag, LLC (a subsidiary of TechAccel, LLC) is an early-stage startup company developing RNAi-based biopesticides for control of important agricultural pests. We are seeking to expand our team by adding a Research Assistant to our team located in the Greater St. Louis, Missouri region. The Research Assistantreports to TechAccel’s Chief Science Officer or designee.

The Research Assistant will help develop new, more sustainable pesticides that can make farms more productive while preserving biodiversity. The Research Assistant works in a laboratory environment, conducting research and development. This role will participate in manufacturing biopesticides by microbial fermentation and testing their function, working routinely with bacteria, plants, and insects.

The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience with general molecular biology techniques, and sterile technique as it pertains to the culture and maintenance of bacterial cultures.  Any experience using benchtop fermentation equipment is a benefit.

We are looking for an individual with good problem-solving skills, and a strong desire to learn new techniques. This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to leverage their knowledge and creativity to make a real and tangible impact on translating innovation to commercial reality and have a significant influence on the trajectory of the company.

The Research Assistant shall:

  • Support a laboratory that manipulates industrial fermentation strains of bacteria. This will include growing and analyzing bacterial cultures, and performing typical molecular biology tasks such as PCR, minipreps, vector construction, bacterial transformations, and molecular analysis of transformed bacteria.
  • Learn how to operate bench-scale fermentation equipment.
  • Assist in insect bioassays as required.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, or a related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Results-oriented and self-motivated with excellent attention to detail.
  • Academic and practical experience in performing molecular biology skills including general cloning, DNA/RNA extractions, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial mini-preps.
  • Basic sterile technique.
  • Basic competency at statistics and data analysis.
  • Able to follow established protocols and assist with development of new protocols.
  • Experienced in a laboratory environment with safe work practices, including handling of bacteria and hazardous chemicals.
  • Able to lift and move items up to 30 pounds.
  • Strong motivation for continuous learning.
  • While most duties will be performed during regular business hours, some work will require a flexible schedule to accommodate time-sensitive experiments.
  • Proficiency in standard computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The ideal candidate has at least some of these additional skills:

  • Some industrial experience, or experience as a research assistant in an academic laboratory.
  • Experience operating a benchtop microbial fermenter.

About TechAccel
TechAccel LLC is a technology and venture development company focused in agriculture, animal health and food technology.

 Since its founding in 2014, TechAccel sources, invests in and acquires early-stage innovations. Through collaborations with universities and research institutions, TechAccel conducts science advancement and de-risking research and development to ready technologies for commercialization.

 TechAccel is based in Overland Park, Kansas, with offices in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter at @Tech_Accel and on Linked In at

 TechAccel is an equal opportunity employer. All employees are hired, compensated, promoted, disciplined and evaluated without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, status as a qualified individual with a disability, military status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. TechAccel strictly prohibits any and all discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, genetic information,status as a qualified individual with a disability, military status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. Any incident ofsuch harassment or discrimination must be immediately reported to the appropriate management level employee.

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