Computational Biologist/ Data Scientist

4 days left

Santa Monica, California, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Provivi Overview

Provivi, Inc. based in Santa Monica, California is a Caltech start-up company founded in 2013 by Professor Frances Arnold, Pedro Coelho and Peter Meinhold. Our mission is to provide disruptive chemistry solutions for agricultural, household, and professional pest control that are safe, environmentally benign and have improved performance. We are developing innovative biocatalysis and formulation technologies, and are hiring the very best and brightest people to develop and commercialize our products.

Role Description

As a member of the initial scientific team at Provivi, the successful hire will work under the direction of a senior scientist on various aspects of Provivi's technology. The primary focus will be on bioinformatics and protein engineering.

Responsibilities May Include
  • Maintaining and updating the bioinformatics/data analysis pipeline
  • Recording and documenting all in silico experiments and data
  • Performing high-throughput sample processing and subsequent data analysis of R&D samples.
  • Assisting in developing and evaluating analytical methods for compounds of interest.
  • Developing microbial strains that produce biopesticides.
  • Performing biochemistry experiments, such as executing and optimizing enzyme assays, measuring and interpreting enzyme kinetics data, and analyzing enzymatic reactions using HPLC and GC analysis
  • Recording and documenting all experiments and resulting data;
  • Processing data for subsequent review and reporting;
  • Communicating results and lab issues in a timely manner with clarity and precision, both verbally and in writing;
  • Assisting with lab maintenance as necessary (preparing media, autoclaving supplies and waste).
  • Collaborating with chemists and chemical engineers on biocatalysis, fermentation, and product purification processes.
  • Writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for internal use.
  • Reviewing the scientific literature (academic and patent literature)
  • Preparing internal research reports, invention disclosures, and technical presentations (internal and external).

Qualifications & Skills Include
  • Desired Education/Experience:
    • BS or MS in computer science, computational biology, chemical engineering, physics, chemistry or equivalent.
    • One (1) year of industrial experience in computational biology, data science (biology focused), or chemical engineering.
  • Required Skills:
    • Strong working knowledge of computer programming languages (e.g., Python, R, Bash)
    • Experience with in silico protein design, molecular dynamics simulations, structural bioinformatics (e.g, Pymol, Gromacs)
    • Advanced proficiency in bioinformatics (e.g., genome mining, high throughput data analysis, in silico characterization of developed strains)
    • Background in molecular biology is highly desired
    • Knowledge of intermediate and advanced Excel functions such as lookup tables and conditional statements.
    • Proficiency in data visualization tools (e.g., Spotfire) is a plus.
    • A good understanding of metabolic engineering, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics principles.
    • Strong organizational and time-management skills including managing projects simultaneously.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Excellent attention to detail and diligent adherence to deadlines and deliverables.
    • Ability to prioritize responsibilities and multi-task
    • Must be motivated, self-directed and work well with little oversight
    • Ability to learn quickly in a fast-paced startup environment.


If interested, please submit a letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to Please no phone calls or agency submissions.

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