Lab Technician

San Leandro, California /
Science /
At New Culture, we are making cow cheese without the cow. Dairy cheese is unsustainable and plant-based cheeses don’t work. Ours are sustainable, healthy, ethical, and indistinguishable from current dairy options in taste, texture, and function. Using fermentation to produce dairy proteins, food science to combine those proteins with natural ingredients, and traditional cheesemaking methods to make any cheese of choice, we are bringing about a new culture for the cheese industry. We are a Bay Area-based, venture-backed startup in an exciting growth and rapid expansion phase.

We are looking for a Lab Technician to join us in leading the global transformation to an animal-free dairy future. As an early member of the team, you will have significant influence and responsibility in determining the success and trajectory of New Culture. The ideal candidate is looking for a new challenge in a fast-moving, collaborative environment and has experience within laboratory setting.

The role of the Lab Technician is to support the Biology, Fermentation, and Downstream Processing teams in their R & D efforts to produce milk proteins from microbes that in turn make the best animal-free cheeses.

Learn more about our culture here!

What will you be doing

    • Maintain and organize laboratory glassware and plasticware
    • Maintain and organize the inventory of media, plates, buffers, and solutions
    • Managing the inventory of consumables
    • Help to maintain instrumentation
    • Consolidating material and coordinating pickup of hazardous waste
    • Clean and sterilize fermenters
    • Learn and execute routine laboratory techniques such as SDS-PAGE, DNA agarose gels, PCRs, culturing microbes, etc.

What we expect from you

    • Associates degree or greater in the life sciences but will consider candidates with relevant wet lab experience
    • Ability to follow SOPs and record information clearly and accurately
    • Must be able to communicate effectively in written and verbal form - comfortable asking questions or asking for help when needed
    • Ability to work in a changing environment with competing priorities
    • Excellent time management skills: ability to prioritize multiple concurrent assignments and daily tasks and adjust workflow as needed
    • Computer skills: Basic spreadsheet and word processing competency
    • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
    • A strong desire to improve the world, a love of discovery, huge enthusiasm for getting rigorous experimental results and hitting milestones on a tight deadline, sharing your ideas and embracing other’s ideas, eagerness to help where help is needed, flexibility to quickly pivot to new tasks or projects.

Even better if you had

    • Previous experience in a lab
    • Experience working with inventory management software
    • A love of cheese!
How to know you are a great fit

We look for candidates who are team players, learners, doers, and hungry to make a difference in the world. Creativity and resourcefulness, honesty and empathy go a long way. Our five core values guide us on our path to achieving our mission. 

Our values

Determination with Kindness | Have the resolve, the drive, and the will to succeed, but do it with empathy, encouragement, and compassion. In the face of adversity we will only excel as a team by keeping kindness at the forefront of everything we do.

Tenacity with Transparency | Creativity, persistence, questioning, and crazy ideas to solve hard problems are essential to our work. We do all of this out in the open while being honest and forthright about the new things we’re trying, getting feedback and input from our teammates along the way. 

Teamwork with Rigor | Hold yourself and those around you to high standards and understand how your responsibilities are interconnected with others’. As much as you rely on your teammates, they’re relying on you, and only with consistent communication and rigorous teamwork will we achieve our goals together.

Speed with Focus | We move quickly, exploring new opportunities and incorporating new results to make progress rapidly. Remaining focused throughout our experimentations means making thoughtful decisions, listening to a range of perspectives, and moving forward as a unified team once we’ve committed to the path ahead.

Love the Product | Our breakthroughs are always in the pursuit of better products. It’s by selling delicious dairy that we will bring about a successful future for New Culture and a positive impact for our customers and the planet.

New Culture is committed to promoting and creating a diverse, inclusive 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. Diversity is the foundation of what we do at New Culture, enabling us to build a company that celebrates what makes each of us unique.