Research Associate I

Berkeley, CA
Analytical
Full-time
Perfect Day is close to commercializing its first animal-free dairy protein products and we are seeking an intelligent, motivated, enthusiastic Research Associate I to join our Analytical team. The Analytical team develops and runs bioanalytical and food related assays of samples generated by other teams within Perfect Day, propelling the company forward with data-driven decisions and directions. The ideal candidate will be driven and will do what it takes to contribute to a small team in a fast paced, startup environment. An ideal candidate will have experience operating and maintaining HPLCs.

Role and Responsibilities

    • Routine sample preparation for and operation of UHPLCs with various column chemistries (reverse phase, size exclusion, ion exchange, etc)
    • UHPLC mobile phase preparation and batch record documentation.
    • Data analysis, statistical analysis, and data reporting
    • Prepare samples for, run, and report data for other protein and food related assays such as SDS-PAGE, 96 well plate colorimetric assays, moisture, and ash quantification.
    • Maintain instruments at optimum performance through routine maintenance and QA/QC procedures.
    • Work in a team, being proactive in your work, seeking opportunities to build your understanding, and contributing to a collegial environment.
    • Maintain timely and thorough documentation of work.
    • Maintain a high degree of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.

Requirements

    • B.S. in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field with 2+ years of analytical chemistry or protein biochemistry related experience.
    • Candidate must possess a high level of technical aptitude, excellent communication, organization, and collaborative skills, and demonstrated ability to innovate, troubleshoot, and thrive in a dynamic cross-functional team environment.
    • Experience with bioanalytical assays including UHPLC, SDS-PAGE, UV-Vis, fluorometry, and 96 well plate assays.
    • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
    • Maintain a high degree of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.
    • Capable of high performance in independent work and in team setting.
    • Experience working with high-throughput systems (96 well plate formats) is desirable.
    • Experience with automation, database input, query, and extraction are desirable.
    • Experience with Python, R, or other programming language is desirable. 
REQUIRED EDUCATION: B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related discipline.

AREA(S) OF EXPERTISE DESIRED: (U)HPLC, protein biochemistry, experimental design and data analysis

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Position requires the ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods, climb, kneel, bend, and consistently lift up to 50 lbs.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Position located in a mix of typical laboratory, workshop and kitchen environments, and requires a tolerance for high worker traffic, close quarters, noise, odors, dust, transiently wet and dirty floors, and varying room temperatures and lighting.