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Scientist I

Oakland, CA  |  R&D  |  Full-time

We’re currently looking for a Scientist to help build novel beer yeast strains with desirable flavor and performance profiles. You will work collaboratively to design and genetically incorporate biosynthetic pathways, plus utilize a variety of biochemical and analytical methods to inform strain performance and pathway optimization. Join us at the cutting edge of synthetic biology to create products that you can taste!

Key Responsibilities

— Independently design and conduct research to develop new beer yeast strains with desirable flavor or performance profiles
— Develop and execute analytical methods to quantify biosynthetic targets and precursors
— Work collaboratively with a research team to achieve complex project goals
— Supervise junior researchers and foster their scientific growth
— Document experimental findings and communicate research progress to internal and external parties

Required Qualifications

— PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, bioengineering, or a related field
— Experience with molecular cloning techniques
— Undergraduate coursework or research in organic chemistry and / or analytical chemistry (please specify)

Highly Desirable Qualifications

— Experience with developing and executing GC-MS and / or LC-MS methods to profile small molecules
— Experience with microbial culture, transformation, and / or fermentation

Compensation and Benefits

— Compensation range: $85,000-$100,000 per year (compensation commensurate with education and experience)
— Medical, dental, and vision insurance
— Health savings account
— 401(k) program with employer matching after 1 year of employment
— Paid time off


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