Research Associate, Strain Engineering

Geltor is looking for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE / SR. RESEARCH ASSOCIATE to join our Strain Engineering team in San Leandro, CA.

The RA/SRA will play a key role in designing/executing experiments related to the construction and optimization of microbial strains for the production of our proprietary proteins. This position offers the opportunity for a self-motivated and detail-oriented Research Associate/Senior Research Associate with a strong background in molecular biology, protein expression, or microbial genetics to join a collaborative, enthusiastic, dynamic fast-paced team that is sustainably creating animal proteins without the animals. This role reports to the Lead Scientist for Strain Engineering.

Key responsibilities:

- Help design, execute and troubleshoot experiments focused on molecular cloning, protein expression, DNA construction and strain evaluation

- Execute high-throughput plate-based microbial culturing assays

- Analyze protein expression through various methods including SDS-page gels and others

- Collect, analyze and present data to internal stakeholders and cross-functional teams

- Lead by example, champion Geltor, and uphold company values


- B.S. in Microbiology, Metabolic Engineering, Molecular Biology, related discipline, or equivalent

- Knowledge of molecular biology techniques in one or more prokaryotic or eukaryotic hosts; depth of understanding and experience will determine job level

- Experience with standard molecular biology techniques including PCR, Gibson assembly, transformation, gels and culturing microbes

- Experience with protein expression a plus

- Ability to conduct experiments, evaluate and interpret results, and solicit help when needed

- Strong organizational skills with the ability to collect and maintain detailed records and effectively prioritize tasks

- Interpersonal and communication skills to share knowledge and discuss technical concepts within the team

- Proficiency with common software (MS Word, Excel, etc.); experience with Python a plus.

- A positive, open, and intellectually curious team player who embraces the challenges and excitement of an entrepreneurial business

- Enthusiasm for and commitment to Geltor’s mission

Sounds interesting?