Research Scientist – Cellular and Molecular Biologist


Change Foods is a U.S.-Australian food tech start-up 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. Join our incredible crew of passionate scientists and build a better food future!

We are setting up a new cutting-edge R&D Biotech Innovation Centre at BioCube San Jose, CA, and are now expanding our scientific research team!

We are at the cusp of the next revolution in food technology, and are working on some of the most exciting scientific discoveries of our generation. We are looking for a talented research scientist with expertise and experience in the field of Cellular and Molecular Biology, as well as someone who believes in our mission and wants to be a part of the team.

You Will:

  • Work closely with our CTO and staff, and perform project specific tasks relating to microbial protein expression, purification and characterization
  • Perform bioinformatic analyses of gene/peptide sequences; experience in protein modelling will be advantageous
  • Perform gene design(s)/construction
  • Perform Polymerase Chain Reactions (PCR); experience in RT-PCR will be advantageous
  • Perform recombinant gene cloning/expression using different microbial systems, such as bacteria and fungi
  • Transform and create recombinant strains
  • Test different carbon and nitrogen sources depending on the microbial production host
  • Design, develop protocols and perform high throughput screening of cultures and subsequent assays depending on the strain and protein
  • Scale up and optimize cultivations at the laboratory scale
  • Carry out protein expression and subsequent purification/characterization
  • Assess, perform and apply different mutagenesis programs for strain improvement
  • Contribute to scalable SOP development

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:

  • A minimum of a PhD qualification with the relevant science background and research/industrial experience
  • Strong expertise and experience in Recombinant Gene Technology/Synthetic Biology
  • Strong experience working with different microbial strains, incl. bacterial and fungal systems
  • Strong experience in microbial cultivations and subsequent characterization depending on the strain and bioproduct/s
  • Strong experience in protein purification/characterization, and analysis using SDS-PAGE electrophoresis
  • Experience in the areas of Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics
  • The ability to work independently, competently and professionally
  • Great attention to detail and ability to troubleshoot quickly
  • 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:

  • 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 and take on a leadership role
  • Competitive compensation based on experience and qualifications
  • 80/20 Best-in-Class health insurance
  • Paid time-off/vacation
  • Company sponsored 401(k) with company match

This is a full-time onsite position at BioCube San Jose.

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