Research Associate

About us

At Shiru we believe that food should be delicious and nourishing without negatively affecting our planet. Acknowledging our growing global population as well as the imminent effects of climate change, Shiru’s mission is to create better protein ingredients that will catapult us into a sustainable food future.

With our mission in mind, Shiru makes high quality, functional food proteins through better leveraging our precious environmental resources. To do this, we employ technologies originally created to solve problems in adjacent industries, including computational biology, machine learning, and industrial fermentation and bioprocessing.

We apply computational intelligence to find the most functional natural food proteins in the world, harnessing the inherent ability of microflora to produce them. We then partner with food and beverage companies to incorporate these unique protein ingredients into everyday products. Shiru is now expanding our team of dedicated professionals across multiple disciplines to make enhanced protein ingredients for a better world.

About the role

We are looking for a research associate to join our team for an exciting opportunity to create first-in-class protein ingredients with enhanced food functionality. The proteins you create will be selected for and identified via an innovative computational platform that integrates machine learning, protein modeling and design, and food functionality data capable of identifying high value proteins from plants, microorganisms, and animals for a wide variety of food applications.

Your role will be to express and purify lab scale quantities of protein for food applications and perform initial characterizations to confirm functionality. This position relies on a solid background in protein biochemistry, fermentation science, and an appreciation for the complex interactions of proteins within foods. Your role at Shiru will be varied, with clear communication critical to your success. Ensuring that your workflow is fully integrated and well-aligned the work of other teams, as well as sharing your findings in an articulate manner, will guide you towards success in this position.

About you

You’re a detail-oriented researcher with a passion for food innovation for the betterment of the planet. You will support Shiru’s scientists in the lab by preparing samples, executing and improving upon SOPs, and performing routine analytics and experiments. You thrive when meticulously executing procedures that lead to obtaining great results at the bench.


- Transform and express proteins in microflora at bench scale

- Generate high quality recombinant proteins in different expression systems

- Protein purification and characterization using a variety of biochemical and chemico-physical methods

- Maintain detailed and accurate record of lab work and support IP filings


- You are flexible, self-motivated, resourceful, calm, and adaptive

- Ability to master new research techniques quickly with superb problem solving skills

- Ability to work independently and troubleshoot resourcefully

- Excellent communication skills and meticulous data management

- You expect work to be meaningful and to be part of a business dedicated to having a positive impact on the planet


- BS or MS in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, or related field

- Ability to master new research techniques quickly with superb problem solving skills

- Skilled at routine protein biochemistry techniques including but not limited to SDS-PAGE, Western blotting

- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

At Shiru, we're looking for people with passion, grit, and integrity. You're encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn't precisely match the job description. We’re expecting your skills and passion to stand out—and set you apart—especially if your career has taken some extraordinary twists and turns. Please join us in this singular opportunity to create the future of food!

Shiru is an equal opportunity employer and who values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Shiru offers competitive compensation and employee benefits along with an attractive equity package commensurate with candidate qualifications.

Sounds interesting?