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Amyris Overview
Emeryville, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public (AMRS)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Amyris, a leader in industrial synthetic biology, uses its innovative bioscience solutions to achieve renewable products by converting plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules. Amyris’ molecules are used in wide range of specialty & performance ... Read more

Mission: We apply inspired science to deliver sustainable solutions for a growing world.

Amyris – Why Work For Us?

Our story began over a decade ago, when Amyris was founded with a vision of making a positive impact on the world through science. Amyris first used its proprietary process to convert plant-sugars into an alternative, lower cost, stable supply of artemisinin, an effective anti-malarial. Thanks to our breakthrough technology, we have stabilized the cost and made accessible the world’s leading treatment for malaria, saving up to one-million children a year.

We engineer organisms (yeast) through this process and our powerful technology platform so that they take renewably-sourced carbon from plants to make exactly the molecule our customers need to make better products that enable a healthier Earth.

Amyris is the only company that has scaled and manufactures new products powered by unique ingredients made accessible by highly engineered organisms that are cost advantaged and are delivering high-performance products for our customers, their consumers and our planet.

Today, Amyris is one of the fastest-growing industrial biotechnology companies and is delivering products that are disrupting markets for our customers in several of the world’s largest and rapidly-growing industries.

At Amyris, we are a team of smart, hardworking and creative people who believe in the work we are doing and enjoy each other’s company. We encourage collaboration, learning and straight-up fun while producing quality products and maintaining the highest ethical business standards. Amyris offers its employees a competitive compensation and benefits package. We foster wellness and social involvement through opportunities from healthy onsite lunches and social activities to regular seminars and community outreach.

Amyris, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact us at for assistance.

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    "Great Company. Amazing science. Clear Vision."

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Emeryville, CA
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    People are positive and willing to help others. Great atmosphere. Beautiful views of the Berkeley hills from the lab. Science is cutting-edge. Always looking for better ideas.


    Stock price. Hopefully this will change.

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amyris.


    First interview was a skype call with three scientists. This was followed, one week later by an all-day interview consisting of a presentation and two-on-one interviews for the rest of the day. Everyone was very nice and open, making it seem like an excellent, collaborative workplace. I did not receive an offer, but feel very positive about the experience and that they likely felt I was not the best fit for the position. They seem like a great company with a promising future.

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    • Most of the questions focused on how well my scientific research background prepared me to address the specific projects they were seeking to assign to the new hire.   Answer Question
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