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Associate Scientist: Cell Culture / Cell Metabolism

Wildtype San Francisco, CA

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: 401k, dental, medical, vision
Job Description

Associate Scientist: Cell Culture / Cell Metabolism

A bit about us

Wildtype is on a mission to create the cleanest, most sustainable seafood on the planet, starting with sushi-grade salmon. We’re pioneering cellular agriculture to protect wild species and our oceans, and to reverse trends of global food insecurity. Wildtype will provide consumers with a new option for real seafood that provides the same nutritional benefits as the most pristine wild-caught fish, without common contaminants such as mercury, microplastics, antibiotics, or pesticides.

We were founded in 2016 by Aryé Elfenbein (Chief Scientist), a cardiologist and molecular biologist, and Justin Kolbeck (CEO), a former US diplomat who served in Pakistan and Afghanistan, in an effort to solve one of the world’s biggest problems: how to feed a growing population without stripping the earth of its natural resources and biodiversity. Investors include Spark Capital, Charles River Ventures, Root Ventures, Alexis Ohanian and Kyle Vogt, among others.

Come join us in transforming our food system for good!


Your work at Wildtype

  • Develop novel medium formulations

  • Perform cell based assays to test the efficacy of medium formulations

  • Independently design and manage research projects, and track progress toward milestones

  • Carry out experiments; maintain accurate notes; present data


How you’ll support others

  • Provide input to experimental design, informed by your experimental data


What we’d like you to teach us

  • How you apply what you learned in your PhD to conduct hypothesis-driven mechanistic studies

  • Better understanding of biochemical pathways and their functional role in growth and viability

  • Biochemical and analytical assays to characterize cell metabolism and protein signaling

  • A hunger for learning, growth, and being part of a fast-moving, dynamic team


What we’ll teach you

  • How to apply your academic training in a rapidly growing startup environment

  • Functional application of cellular pathways toward development of defined seafood culture medium

  • Large-scale cell culture techniques


Impact plan

  • Within 1 month you’ll have internalized team goals, and gained a high level understanding of various scientific techniques as well as workflows. You will have designed and conducted your first cell-based assay on your own, with the support of your scientific mentor. You will have learned some basic process development techniques and will be comfortable carrying out these tasks without supervision. You will have defined your professional development goals for the next twelve months.

  • Within 3 months you will be independently leading your first research project. You would have also supported the operation of several bioprocess runs and presented your research findings at the company wide meeting. You will be leading external collaborations with media development partners while providing urgency and active project management support to ensure deadlines are met.

  • Within 6 months you will have demonstrated the ability to take a complex project from the rough concept stage to completion. In your interactions with Wildtype’s broader crew, you will actively build community and seek out opportunities to help members on other teams. You will be ready to assume responsibility for multiple complex projects that require breadth and depth of technical competency.

  • Within 12 months you will be ready to assume responsibility for major projects at Wildtype such as the continued development of custom cell culture medium for Wildtype’s proprietary cell lines. In doing this, you will prepare and present detailed research plans with prioritization and relevant dependencies in support of company goals. You will be able to enlist support from others in the company (both in terms of personnel and material resources) to see your projects to conclusion. You will be able to visualize where your workstream will be in 6-12 months and work backwards from these outcomes to define detailed work plans. Your crewmates at Wildtype will recognize you as a subject matter expert in medium formulation.


Wildtype is committed to building a diverse workplace spanning multiple dimensions including race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity, and veteran status.

Company Description
We're on a mission to create the cleanest, most sustainable seafood on the planet.


Why Work Here?
Come join a fun team that is redefining delicious seafood!

We're on a mission to create the cleanest, most sustainable seafood on the planet.

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