Associate Scientist/ Sr. Associate Scientist, Strain Engineering

Berkeley, CA
R&D – Strain Engineering
Full Time
Demetrix is a start up in the San Francisco Bay area that is making nature’s medicines in a smart and responsible way. We are seeking an Associate Scientist/Senior Associate Scientist to assist the Strain Engineering team. The individual in this role will be part of an interdisciplinary team of molecular biologists, fermentation scientists and engineers, automation engineers, software engineers, and analytical chemists working to rapidly develop microbial strains to produce natural product medicines. 

Your Impact

    • Perform standard molecular biology techniques, including PCR, plasmid miniprep, DNA assembly, bacterial and yeast transformation, genotyping by colony PCR, and setup of assays. 
    • Document experimental results and maintain accuracy of database entries for DNA and strains.
    • Be an advocate for and adhere to all laboratory safety protocols
    • Promote a positive and inclusive workplace culture

Your Experience

    • BS with 1-4 years’ industrial experience in molecular biology and/or strain engineering
    • Experience working with yeast a plus
    • Detail oriented and proactive
    • Independent and able to effectively manage time
    • Positive and enthusiastic team member. Effective communication, organization, and problem-solving skills.
We’ve got you covered:

Our employees are the most important part of what makes our company what it is and we want to provide our team with the best benefits we can. Demetrix offers a variety of benefits to help support our employees and their families outside of work, including:
Health Benefits
Flexible Vacation
Food on campus
Voluntary Benefits including Pet Insurance
EAP Resources
Headspace App
Walking distance to Berkeley Bowl
Gym Membership

Some other points:

We welcome applicants of any and all backgrounds with demonstrated abilities in the skills needed to meet our mission. We are always on the lookout for new talent who embrace change and are willing to push the boundaries of what’s possible in life.
Demetrix is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Employment with Demetrix is at will. This means your employment is for an indefinite period of time and it is subject to termination by you or Demetrix, with or without cause, with or without notice, and at any time.
The job posting highlights the most critical responsibilities and requirements of the job. It’s not all-inclusive.

Some more about Demetrix:

Nature is a rich source of ingredients. Inconsistent quality and supply, along with inaccessibility of rare substances, mean it’s not always an ideal source to meet the world’s needs.  

Demetrix helps customers across the globe produce more for less.

Biotechnology can help by enabling access to more rare and powerful products. With less environmental impact and less cost than traditional methods. Which can lead to more happy, healthy lives.

Demetrix gives you:
Expensive and hard-to-find ingredients at your fingertips, sustainably and affordably  
High ingredient purity without residual chemicals or pesticides
Affordable access that is quickly scalable as your business grows
Product consistency and a reliable, global supply
A sustainable solution with a small environmental footprint

Currently, we’re building a product pipeline of cannabinoids, the active compounds in the cannabis plant. Humans have been relying on cannabinoids for health and medicinal purposes for centuries.
Although there are more than 113 unique cannabinoids, very few have been studied. That’s because they are present in such low quantities in the plant. We can produce even the rarest cannabinoids at high purity and volumes. What this will do is enable research for health benefits and, ultimately, provide affordable access to the compounds.