Analytical Chemistry Research Associate


San Leandro, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences R&D/Engineering
  • Post Date: 02/23/2021
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  • Company Address: 1933 Davis St, San Leandro, CA, 94577

About ZymoChem

ZymoChem is a biotechnology-centric chemicals company engineering microbe-based processes for making chemicals and high-performance materials that go into everyday products. We work with industry-leading partners to develop and introduce novel bio-based products to enable high growth market opportunities where sustainability, bio-content, and high performance are key. Our mission is realized through our proprietary Carbon Conservation (C2) biotechnology platform, which enables the rapid development of scalable production processes operating at breakthrough efficiencies while delivering substantially lower costs than incumbent processes – if they exist.

ZymoChem is headquartered in the east bay area of California, with its R&D facility located in San Leandro, CA. The company is backed by Breakout Labs, SOS Ventures (Indie Bio), the Stanford StartX Fund, and ATUM; to-date, ZymoChem has raised >$6 million in funding. The company is entering a fast-paced growth mode with numerous open positions.

Job Description

The Opportunity

We are hiring an Analytical Chemistry Research Associate to join our rapidly expanding R&D team for the fast-paced, goal-driven development of the company’s novel carbon-conserving metabolic pathway biotechnology. This cross-functional role is a great opportunity to work hand-in-hand with other R&D groups on enzyme development, strain engineering, and bioprocessing efforts while also acquiring hands-on expertise with creating & optimizing analytical workflows using state-of-the-art analytical equipment. The Analytical Chemistry Research Associate will also have opportunities to build out & expand the Analytics group’s capabilities as well as collaborate with the company’s external partners.


  • Routinely lead the hands-on setup and execution of analytical equipment and protocols for sample preparation, sample analysis, and automated data analysis

  • Troubleshoot workflows with the aim to improve data quality, increase throughput, and decrease operational expenses

  • Manage the streamlined operation of the Analytics Group by routinely preparing buffers, standards, and reagents as well as maintaining the group’s chemicals and consumables inventories

  • Collaborate with other internal R&D groups to establish appropriate analytical methods and deliver high-quality data & analyses toward strain optimization and bioprocess development

  • Interface with the company’s LIMS for analytics-related data acquisition and subsequent implementation of statistical analyses on large data sets

  • Assist with the build-out and maintenance of the company’s analytics capabilities: procurement of equipment, commissioning, and hands-on equipment troubleshooting & repair

  • Implement proof-of-concept studies to explore new technologies, accelerate workflows, and advance the company’s analytics competencies

  • Lead the Analytics Group’s general operations & scheduling as well as assist with user training & support


  • MS or BS in Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline

  • MS degree (or BS degree plus 2 years) with industrial/startup experience working directly with analytics-related technologies and protocols

  • Hands-on experience operating commercial LC, GC, and MS systems & software is a requirement; familiarity with other analytical equipment, software, and data analysis tools (e.g., SQL, JMP) is a plus

  • Prior work with developing and optimizing analytics workflows (e.g., LC-MS, GC-MS) and metabolite sample preparation protocols; familiarity with proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and 13C metabolic flux analysis workflows and data analyses is a plus

  • Experience implementing data analytics software based on Python, R, or MatLab scripts for analyzing large datasets

  • Solid knowledge base with the fundamentals of organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, microbial metabolism, and physiology

  • Rigorous attention to details with experimental design, execution, noise/variability, reproducibility, and record keeping

  • Adept ability to work both individually and cross-disciplinary to balance multiple independent experiments/projects

  • Keen sense for both physical (lab) and data-oriented organization

  • Excellent time management skills along with being effective with multitasking and improvising work plans while maintaining efficiency

ZymoChem offers full-time employees a competitive base salary and benefits package, and the company is an equal opportunity employer. If this position aligns with your career aspirations, please apply using the form below.

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