Lab Technician-REEgen


REEgen is an Ithaca-based start-up that is using synthetic biology to engineer microbes for sustainable production of rare earth elements (REE). REE are needed for manufacturing many of today’s electronics, such as mobile phones and computers, but they’re also essential for renewable energy infrastructure, including EV motors and windmill turbines. Unfortunately, current methods for producing REE generate disproportionate amounts of hazardous waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

At REEgen, we’re developing a clean, biological system for extraction, recovery, and purification of REE from a variety of sources, including waste and end-of-life materials. With synthetic biology we are maximizing the efficiency of microbial processes that will replace the most damaging steps in REE production. Our vision is to secure the future of sustainable energy through the implementation of efficient and green technologies for REE recovery and production.



To help us achieve this vision, we’re searching for our first full-time technician to join our team.


Key responsibilities for this position:

  • Work with our Lab Director to design, implement, and verify synthetic biology strategies to improve efficiency of REE production processes.
  • Regularly maintain detailed and organized notes outlining all technical work and progress towards milestones.
  • Help track and purchase essential inventory and maintain overall organization of the lab space.


Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent educational experience in a biology or chemistry-related discipline.
  • At least one year of experience working in a research laboratory with microbes.
  • Ability to independently perform PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis, and sterile technique.
  • Eagerness to learn and innovate.
  • Commitment to combating climate change.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter email with CV attached to with "REEgen position" as the subject. To help us in our selection process, please include in your email the answer to the following question:

·       What microbe (bacteria or fungi) do you find interesting, and why?

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.


About REEgen:

REEgen is a young start-up, founded in February of 2022 and spun out of research in the Barstow Lab at Cornell University supported by an ARPA-E grant. In September of 2022, REEgen licensed its core IP from Cornell’s Center for Tech Licensing and was accepted into the Praxis Center for Venture Development. REEgen’s lab space is currently located in the Center for Life Science Ventures located on Cornell’s Ithaca, NY campus.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Send Application to:

Name: Alexa Schmitz