Research Associate I

Perfect Day Foods

Perfect Day is close to commercializing its first animal-free dairy protein products and we are seeking an intelligent, motivated, enthusiastic Research Associate I to join our Analytical team. The Analytical team develops and runs bioanalytical and food related assays of samples generated by other teams within Perfect Day, propelling the company forward with data-driven decisions and directions. The ideal candidate will be driven and will do what it takes to contribute to a small team in a fast paced, startup environment. An ideal candidate will have experience operating and maintaining HPLCs.

Role and Responsibilities:

- Routine sample preparation for and operation of UHPLCs with various column chemistries (reverse phase, size exclusion, ion exchange, etc)

- UHPLC mobile phase preparation and batch record documentation.

- Data analysis, statistical analysis, and data reporting

- Prepare samples for, run, and report data for other protein and food related assays such as SDS-PAGE, 96 well plate colorimetric assays, moisture, and ash quantification.

- Maintain instruments at optimum performance through routine maintenance and QA/QC procedures.

- Work in a team, being proactive in your work, seeking opportunities to build your understanding, and contributing to a collegial environment.

- Maintain timely and thorough documentation of work.

- Maintain a high degree of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.


- B.S. in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field with 2+ years of analytical chemistry or protein biochemistry related experience.

- Candidate must possess a high level of technical aptitude, excellent communication, organization, and collaborative skills, and demonstrated ability to innovate, troubleshoot, and thrive in a dynamic cross-functional team environment.

- Experience with bioanalytical assays including UHPLC, SDS-PAGE, UV-Vis, fluorometry, and 96 well plate assays.

- Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

- Maintain a high degree of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.

- Capable of high performance in independent work and in team setting.

- Experience working with high-throughput systems (96 well plate formats) is desirable.

- Experience with automation, database input, query, and extraction are desirable.

- Experience with Python, R, or other programming language is desirable.

Required Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related discipline.

Area(s) of Expertise Desired: (U)HPLC, protein biochemistry, experimental design and data analysis

Physical Demands:

Position requires the ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods, climb, kneel, bend, and consistently lift up to 50 lbs.

Work Environment:

Position located in a mix of typical laboratory, workshop and kitchen environments, and requires a tolerance for high worker traffic, close quarters, noise, odors, dust, transiently wet and dirty floors, and varying room temperatures and lighting.

Sounds interesting?