Research Associate - Strain Engineering and Molecular Biology

Posted: June 17, 2021

Closing: July 15, 2021

Helaina is a team brought together by the belief that health and developmental outcomes of all infants can be improved through nutritional options closest to human milk. Our team is revolutionizing the infant nutrition space by developing a food product meant to uniquely support babies in their earliest stages. Helaina’s R&D ecosystem harnesses the power of naturally-occurring biological processes in tandem with modern advances in the space of synthetic biology, fermentation, and improved industrial processing. We are a fast-paced startup looking for our next team member who is intensely passionate about advancing synthetic biology for food and beverage products.

In this role, you will work in our NYC lab to support all experiments performed by the Strain Engineering team. The successful candidate will be a hands-on, motivated self-starter with a strong sense of initiative. You will be responsible for contributing directly to Helaina’s company milestones by supporting all functions for the Strain Engineering team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is hungry to work in a startup environment and ready to do the best work of your career. 

[Primary Responsibilities]

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Review and collect data during new product development at benchtop scale.
  • Perform DNA and Protein Gel Electrophoresis (agarose, SDS-PAGE, western blot, etc)
  • Perform PCR experiments
  • Prepare chemical reagents and run assays including Bradford assay, BCA, ELISA, etc.
  • Perform DNA extraction and purification
  • Transformation in E.coli
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment including but not limited to thermocyclers, shaking incubators, autoclave, spectrophotometer,  nanodrop for quantification and  gel imagers.
  • Maintain lab: prepare buffers, maintain equipment and reagent inventory
  • Independently analyze and interpret data
  • Prepare experimental results for internal communication and meetings

[Minimum Qualifications]

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Molecular Biology, Biological Science, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacy
  • 4-5 years post-graduate hands-on experience in a professional lab
  • Experienced with cloning and other assembly techniques
  • Experienced with microscopy, yeast, and mammalian cell culture
  • Proficient in aseptic techniques and working in a Biosafety cabinet
  • Working knowledge of BSL2 lab safety requirements
  • Good laboratory practices including organized data documentation and presentation, attention to detail, and ability to follow protocols.
  • Ability to remotely address product development related issues - after hours and on weekends (when required)
  • Energetic, creative, and personally motivated by the future of food and/or biological products.
  • Effective communicator, both within a collaborative scientific team and in communicating science to non-technical audiences
  • Can work independently and effectively in the lab without supervision
  • Has an “anything is possible” attitude and no ego

Helaina is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to apply

Reach out to Pamela Botero Besada-Lombana at [] or Paola Delgado at []

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