Team Lead, Protein Characterization

South San Francisco /
Biochemistry /
Nobell Foods is creating cheese and other dairy products from plant-derived dairy proteins for the 99% of people who are unwilling to compromise on taste and price. Nobell is made up of a team of passionate scientists, explorers, and storytellers on a mission to radically change the way we make food, so it’s better for you, the animals and the planet.  We are backed by Bill Gates’ climate fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Robert Downey Jr. If you believe in our mission and  are excited about our work, we would love to hear from you!

Your Role:
You will play a key role by leading the protein characterization team and by developing methods for in-depth protein analysis.


    • Provide technical leadership and guidance to team members to develop assays, and approaches for protein identification and characterization
    • Provide a scientific and a practical experimental perspective to assay development
    • Develop analytical methods for protein purification from plants
    • Develop mass spectrometry based methods to perform in-depth protein characterization including but not limited to protein quantification and post translational modification.
    • Develop protocols/SOPs and implement quality control measures 
    • Work closely with the front-end science team on understanding the molecular and screening pipeline and by providing feedback information on protein data
    • Anticipate experimental needs and understand an individual experiment in the context of the entire company’s goals

Required Skills and Experience

    • PhD in Biochemistry, Protein Engineer or related field with 5-7 years of relevant industry experience 
    • Expertise in protein characterization using chromatography, FPLC, electrophoresis, mass-spectrometry and other physio-chemical methods elucidating the structure-function relationship of various types of proteins
    • Should display strong technical knowledge and scientific understanding of protein purification procedures
    • Familiarity with state-of-the-art technologies, platforms, and scientific methodologies as applied to protein characterization
    • The ability to present clear, concise data analyses to a multidisciplinary audience
    • Experience managing a small team of 1-3 people 
    • An exceptional track record of scientific contributions and accomplishments
    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
    • Ability to execute and deliver on key metrics 
    • Self-motivated with strong desire to both learn from and teach others
    • Knowledge of plant biology and experience working with extracting and characterizing proteins from plant tissue is a plus
Desired start date: Immediate

Nobell Foods offers competitive compensation, generous healthcare, dental and vision plans, 401K and commuter benefits.

Nobell Foods is committed both to the health of our employees and to promoting a safe and collaborative workplace. Where permitted under federal and state law, all offers of employment will be conditioned upon new hires providing proof of vaccination, unless the individual qualifies for an accommodation.