Protein Scientist/Senior Scientist – Chromatography Group (3521)

US-Emeryville, CA /
Research and Development – Chromatography /
Regular: Full-Time
/ On-site
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Amyris is looking for an enthusiastic, team oriented, problem solver to join our Chromatography group in the Screening and Analytics department (SCAN). The scientist will be responsible for developing and operationalizing assays to support the build-out of our protein pipeline in R&D, as well as influencing the broad technical direction of the group. A key component of these activities is translating project goals into analytical methodologies and ensuring that the resulting assays are suitably robust for routine operation. This will involve working closely with our fermentation, biology, process development, and scientific computing groups in a collaborative environment.


    • Developing instrumental methods and sample prep procedures to measure protein product titer in fermentation broth, purification streams, feedstocks, and other sources.
    • Leading the development of protein workflows and assist in building out a protein analytics pipeline.
    • Represent the analytics team internally and externally by presenting experimental data from assay development and qualification studies explaining the capabilities and limitations, experimental approach, and impact of your work on the project.
    • Collaborate closely with stakeholders to scope method requirements using a statistical, data-driven approach.
    • Quantitatively evaluate the method performance against agreed upon requirements, document the performance in method development reports and review team members' reports.
    • Proactively identifying and implementing new ways of working and new technologies to increase efficiency, throughput, data quality, and to generate new relevant data types is encouraged.

Basic Qualifications:

    • PhD degree (or equivalent experience) in Biochemistry, Chemistry, or related discipline.
    • Expertise in protein chemistry, proteolytic digestion and analyses, and/or high-throughput analyses of proteins.
    • Background in protein quantitation and characterization (top-down and/or bottom-up approaches).
    • Record of quantitative assay development, including evaluation and troubleshooting of analytical platforms (LC-MS, HRMS, Triple QQQ MS, UPLC, plate-based readers, etc.).
    • Experience identifying and implementing new technologies and workflows into an operational setting.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write clear, concise reports and to present data to stakeholders tailored to facilitate their understanding.
    • Self-motivated and able to work efficiently and productively to support research efforts in a team environment.
    • Experience with chromatography or mass spectrometry software (Chromeleon, Mass Hunter, Skyline, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Interest and motivation to mentor more junior team members. People management experience a plus.
    • Hiring level will be commensurate with experience, industrial experience strongly preferred. 
    • Experience with analyses of post-translational modifications of proteins a plus. 
    • Experience with DOE, JMP, Spotfire, Python, SQL, R, or similar data analysis tools a plus.
Amyris is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices.  
The pay range for this role is $162,500 to $242,500. Salary offers are made based on internal equity and market analysis, and will vary based on the candidate’s skills, depth of experience and specific work location.  This role is also eligible for equity in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). 
Amyris is committed to providing a diverse array of inclusive benefits and perks to support employees and their families’ wellbeing including access to robust healthcare, mental wellness benefits, family leave, discounted fitness memberships, education reimbursement, generous product discounts, flexible paid time off, 17 US paid holidays, 10 paid sick days, and additional paid time off including 3 volunteer days, and bereavement. Sabbaticals are available after 5 years of continuous employment with Amyris. 


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