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Biochemist/Molecular Biologist - Research Associate

San Diego County, California, US
Closing date
Sep 29, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Cellibre is a cellular agriculture company that employs an organism-agnostic approach to turn cells into specialized, sustainable factories for the manufacture of globally significant products at scale. Our world-class scientific team has led programs from napkin to commercial, pioneering revolutionary breakthroughs in energy, ingredients, medicines, and more.

We are seeking a Research Associate to join the biochemistry and protein engineering team. The successful candidate will work with a scientist to help build DNA constructs for protein expression as well as carry out experiments screening libraries of protein variants. This is a hands-on position that is part of a larger team of biochemists and protein engineers, with an emphasis on benchwork. We want team members with a natural inclination to challenge and work within a culture that is dynamic and self-directed.

NOTE: For all positions posted by Cellibre, education is listed as required but can be overcome with experience. Please do not let education requirements dissuade you from applying for positions for which you think you are qualified.

Required skills/responsibilities:
  • Works with scientists to develop, optimize, and implement biochemical assays using purified enzymes, lysates, or whole cells.
  • Uses these assays to identify improved variants and characterize their suitability for metabolic pathways.
  • Knowledge of cloning methods including restriction/ligation, Gibson assembly, etc.
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques including RNA/DNA extraction, purification, analysis, and sequencing as well as PCR, qRT-PCR, etc.
  • Familiarity with DNA manipulation software and basic bioinformatic tasks.

Additional but not required skills/responsibilities:
  • Familiarity with automation of high throughput cell culturing and assays.
  • Experience optimizing protein expression.
  • Understanding of enzyme assays and kinetics.
  • Understanding of microbial physiology and fermentation.
  • Biochemical support for strain engineering projects.
  • Experience in the use of enzymes to produce chemicals or other metabolites in whole-cell or cell-free systems.

Required experience:
  • Bachelors within biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, molecular biology, or a related discipline with 0-4 years related experience.
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