Research Associate I - Analytical Team

Berkeley, CA
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.


    • 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

Position requires the ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods, climb, kneel, bend, and consistently lift up to 50 lbs.
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.