Senior Research Associate, Analytical

  • Perfect Day, Inc.
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Feb 06, 2020
Full Time Biology Chemistry Engineering: Other

Job Description

Perfect Day is working to commercialize animal-free dairy protein products made through fermentation in flora. We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Senior Research Associate to join our Analytics team. The ideal candidate will be driven and will do what it takes to contribute to a small team in a fast paced, collaborative start-up environment.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Assay development and optimization of various methods including (U)HPLC, SDS-PAGE, 96 well plate colorimetric assays, and additional protein biochemistry assay.
  • Work on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.
  • Demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Data and statistical analysis and reporting.
  • Maintain instruments at optimum performance through routine maintenance and QA/QC procedures.
  • Maintain timely documentation of work.
  • Maintain a high degree of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Identify, develop, and mentor team members to maximize their contribution and meet objectives.


  • BS or higher in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field with 8+ years of analytical chemistry or protein biochemistry related experience.
  • High level of technical aptitude.
  • Experience with protein assays including HPLC, SDS-PAGE, UV-Vis, and fluorometry.
  • Ability to adapt and excel in a rapidly changing environment.
  • 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 or other programming language is desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects/workload.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-starter with good organizational skills; able to work effectively in cross-functional teams, provide strong analytic and process design skills, root cause analysis, training and general communication.

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.

Experience level

Mid Level,   Senior Level  

Impact areas

Food & Agriculture  


51-200 employees  

Organization type

For-profit startup/company  

Climate solutions

Lab-Grown Meat & Dairy  

Role Type


Will sponsor Visa