Research Associate: Protein Biochemistry


We are looking for a passionate and energetic Research Associate, who believes in our mission and wants to be a part of the team. We are on the cusp of the next revolution in food technology, and we are working on some of the most exciting scientific discovery of our generation.

We are a U.S.-Australian food tech company creating animal-free dairy foods by leveraging precision fermentation technology, starting with cheese. By harnessing the power of microbes instead of animals, we are producing animal-free dairy foods that are indistinguishable from their animal-based predecessors in taste and texture, while delivering better-for-you and more sustainable products.

The Research Associate will directly assist a senior scientist in our Protein Biochemistry and Bioengineering team, and will be an integral part of the Change Foods R&D team in San Jose, CA. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated prior experience in protein biochemistry.


You Will:

·       Perform techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology to support our efforts in strain development and recombinant protein production

·       Work closely with our Protein Biochemistry and Bioengineering team to advance the mission of our strain development pipeline

·       Communicate and organize results for clear interpretation


You Are:

·       A self-starter who can work independently and as a key member of the team

·       A problem solver who can improvise and come up with creative solutions

·       A fast learner ready to roll up your sleeves and get going


You Have:

·       Bachelor’s Degree (B.S. or B.A. major in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry or chemistry)

·       2 years of hands-on post graduate biochemistry or molecular biology experience or extensive lab experience at school (heavily involved in research project or honor’s thesis work)

·       Hands on experience with common lab-support tasks. Examples include preparation of liquid growth media, preparation of solutions, preparation of solid growth media (plates), preparation of chemical reagent stocks, autoclaving, etc.

·       Hands on experience with common protein biochemistry techniques. Examples include protein purification via various methodologies, SDS-PAGE, preparative centrifugation, etc.

·       Familiarity with common molecular biology techniques. Examples include strain handling (aseptic technique), transformation, PCR, plasmid isolation, molecular cloning, agarose gel electrophoresis, etc.

·       Experience maintaining a high-quality laboratory notebook (physical or electronic)

·       Exceptional organizational and communication skills

·       Passion for sustainability and creating a future food system that is kind to people, animals, and the planet

·       U.S. work authorization


You Value:

·       Teamwork: we love to discuss and share ideas, solve problems quickly, and collaborate

·       Work ethic: we work hard and focus on the goal – we get things done

·       Diversity: we are a diverse and inclusive bunch and proud of it


You Get:

·       The proposed salary range for this position is $60-80K/year, subject to modification based on experience and qualifications

·       Employee stock options

·       80/20 Best-in-Class health insurance

·       Paid time-off/vacation

·       Company sponsored 401(k) with company match

·       An opportunity to shape a better future and be a part of a dynamic team of entrepreneurs and scientists blazing a trail at the intersection of science and food

·       Collaborative and supportive work environment

·       Opportunity to develop new skills

This is a full-time onsite position in San Jose, starting immediately.

Ready to join us?

Please send your resume and cover letter to or apply below

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