Research Associate, Strain Engineering

Posted: July 12, 2021

Closing: August 30, 2021

Research Associate, Strain Engineering

Do you have a passion for using biotechnology to build sustainable new sources of animal-free protein?  Then we are looking for you.   Do you want to join a new community of entrepreneurs, activists and scientists who recognize that the decades old factory farm model cannot sustain the dietary needs of 7 billion people – and that biotechnology may hold a solution. You will love our mission of using innovative robotics and synthetic DNA technology to create novel sources of protein for human nutrition.

If you are…

  • ready to move past a traditional 9-5 and work towards moving the needle on the Earth’s most existential threats of deforestation, mass extinctions, climate change, and food shortages
  • insanely hungry and entrepreneurial with no ego and a relentless work ethic
  • ready to change the course of history, push the frontier of science and do it alongside the most passionate, intelligent, and humble people you’ve ever met, then look no further. 

This job isn't for the faint of heart. Join our team, own your destiny, and lead the world's transition to animal-free protein

As a Research Associate in the Strain Engineering team, you will help develop novel synthetic biology solutions. You will be designing, building and testing better genetic circuits for driving up animal protein production by Clara’s yeast platform.  You will be interfacing with Clara’s HTP screening team to test out designs as well as performing your own expression experiments.

Reports To: Scientist, Strain Engineering

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time

Location: South San Francisco, CA

Skills and Experience

  • 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 
  • Experience working with robotics systems such as QPix, Biomek FX is a plus but willingness to learn is most important.
  • Self-starter with strong organizational, analytical, and general communication skills.
  • Comfortable working within a small, collaborative team, passionate about changing the world of food
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. for Clara Foods

Role and responsibilities

As a key member of the Strain Engineering team, you will; 

  • Help execute DNA construction strategies 
  • Contribute to High Throughput (HTP) screening program using Qpix and Biomek FX robots
  • Work alongside creative, innovative scientists
  • Present results in team meetings
  • Document results and report to team members

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

How to apply…

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