Senior Research Associate, Analytical

Perfect Day

Location: Emeryville, CA

Position: Full time, non-exempt

Required Education: BS in or higher in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related discipline

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

Perfect Day is working to commercialize animal-free dairy protein products made through fermentation in flora. We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Senior Research Associate to join our Analytics team. The ideal candidate will be driven and will do what it takes to contribute to a small team in a fast paced, collaborative start-up environment.

Role and Responsibilities

- Assay development and optimization of various methods including (U)HPLC, SDS-PAGE, 96 well plate colorimetric assays, and additional protein biochemistry assay.

- Work on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.

- Demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

- Data and statistical analysis and reporting.

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

- Maintain timely documentation of work.

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

- Identify, develop, and mentor team members to maximize their contribution and meet objectives.


- BS or higher in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field with 8+ years of analytical chemistry or protein biochemistry related experience.

- High level of technical aptitude.

- Experience with protein assays including HPLC, SDS-PAGE, UV-Vis, and fluorometry.

- Ability to adapt and excel in a rapidly changing environment.

- 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 or other programming language is desirable.

- Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail.

- Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects/workload.

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

- Self-starter with good organizational skills; able to work effectively in cross-functional teams, provide strong analytic and process design skills, root cause analysis, training and general communication.

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?