Research Associate

Posted: July 9, 2021

Closing: August 23, 2021

Research Associate, Discovery and Research Team

Clara Foods is a San Francisco based company working towards a disruptive advance in the food ingredients business by creating a world leading fermentation & synthetic biology platform. We are manufacturing animal free proteins with novel functionalities. Following a successful Series B raise in 2019, and with major technology advancements in 2020, the organization is accelerating commercialization of the world's first animal-free egg proteins and expanding its research and development & manufacturing capabilities to support its product pipeline. The organization is working with industry collaborators to make products with higher levels of protein and unique functionalities. Clara Foods has successfully commercialized its first animal free animal protein.

Clara Foods is seeking a creative and hard working Research Associate to join the Protein Discovery team.   The successful candidate will help design, build and test DNA constructs to engineer animal protein production by Clara’s yeast platform.  They will also interface with Clara’s HTP screening team to test out designs as well as performing their own expression experiments.

Reports to: Senior Scientist, Discovery and Research

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time

Location: South San Francisco, CA

Role Responsibilities:

  • Operate according to Clara Foods’ safety guidelines
  • Help execute DNA construction strategies 
  • Contribute to supplying DNA constructs for the Discovery Pipeline
  • Work alongside creative, innovative scientists
  • Document results and report to team members


  • B.S. in molecular biology, bio-engineering or similar program with 0 to 2 years’ industrial work experience
  • Experienced in standard synthetic biology techniques such as RE digestion and ligations, agarose gel analysis, PCR, Gibson cloning, and bacterial and yeast transformation
  • Expression testing using PAGE analysis
  • Attention to detail, able to follow protocols precisely
  • Comfortable working within a small, collaborative team, passionate about changing the world of food
  • Must be Authorized to work in the United States for Clara Foods

What Clara Foods can offer:

  • Generous benefits package; 100% medical, dental, and vision employee coverage, 401k matching, and stock options
  • Optional benefits; FSA, HSA, Commuter, Pet Care, and additional life insurance
  • Flexible PTO and 10 company paid holidays
  • Free parking, unlimited gym access, lounge, mini-golf patio, yoga and fitness classes onsite
  • Weekly Lunches
  • Unlimited supply of sparkling water, granola bars, snacks, local coffee and tea
  • Weekly themed happy hours and quarterly company outings
  • Monthly all-hands meetings and 1:1 with CEO and leadership
  • Close to South San Francisco BART and Cal Train stations, including free shuttle service

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