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Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 16 days ago
Job Role
Data Scientist
Employer's Industry
Food & Hospitality

Job Description

Title: Senior Scientist

Reports to: SVP Technology

We are seeking a Senior Scientist to join our Metabolic Engineering team, to improve the production of high-value compounds in yeast.

Job Responsibilities

  • Optimize cellular metabolism and engineer biosynthetic pathways in micro-organisms, notably yeast(s)
  • Analyze production organism physiology and genetics to identify bottlenecks and design constructs/genes for improved performance
  • Develop biological assays to determine rate-limiting steps and compare strains/enzymes
  • Collaborate with the analytics and fermentation teams for proper method development and analysis
  • Guide enzyme improvement campaigns with third party labs
  • Mentor and advise junior teammates on metabolic engineering strategies and techniques


Job Qualifications

  • PhD in Biological Engineering, Systems Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related field, ideally with industry experience. M.S. level considered with additional relevant experience (>5 years of hands-on strain engineering work)
  • Expertise in metabolic and genetic engineering with experience building, testing, and optimizing metabolic pathways for the production of heterologous products, preferably in yeasts
  • Demonstrated expertise in performing rate-based data analysis
  • Good understanding of OMICs data generation and ability to extract knowledge from meta-data studies
  • Command of genome editing tools
  • Experience utilizing common analytical techniques such as HPLC and spectroscopy
  • Protein characterization experience is highly desirable
  • Ability to plan and execute experimental plans independently, while aligning priorities with project team to support business goals
  • Good time management skills and ability to multi-task
  • Proactive in troubleshooting
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic interdisciplinary team environment


  • Clear, concise written and oral communication in English
  • Communication of results and analyses to key stakeholders, in clear formats
  • Attention to detail and careful record-keeping skills
  • Documentation for patent examples, as needed

Experience in the synthetic biology, food ingredients, or biological manufacturing business is a plus

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


Sugarlogix is an exciting start-up company in the Bay Area with the goal of providing better nutrition for formula-fed babies.

Competitive biotechnology package offered, position open immediately.

Business Overview

Our Story

Our goal

is to provide better nutrition for formula-fed babies. We develop yeast-based technologies to produce the missing component in infant formula: rare, functional sugars found only naturally in human breast milk.

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