Associate Scientist: Cell Line Establishment

Wildtype San Francisco, CA, USA

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401K, Dental, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Associate Scientist: Cell Line Establishment

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!


What you will own at Wildtype

  • Develop and execute primary cell isolation protocols from sea animals to establish first in the world cells lines

  • Isolate different cell types using traditional and novel techniques on never before studied species

  • Innovate and optimize culture conditions to establish and maintain primary cultures indefinitely

  • Increase throughput of clonal selection for desired traits

  • Analyze, prepare and present data in small group setting with potential to present in larger arena

  • Mentor and manage CLE technicians and RAs

What you bring to the table

  • PhD, OR an MS/MA with +3 years of related experience, OR a BS/BA with +4 years of relevant experience with primary cell isolation, preferably from fish and other non-model species

  • Knowledge of mammalian, fish, insect, and/or stem cell culture

  • Ability to adhere to tight deadlines and see projects through to the end with willingness to let go projects in pursuit of

  • RNAseq and NG sequencing experience

  • Strong analytical skills

  • HTP assay development and molecular biology a plus

  • Resilience in fast moving ever-changing environments, demonstrated perseverance through arduous tasks, courage in unchartered territory

  • Collaborative attitude and willingness to take on new goals

What we’ll teach you

  • How we work together to overcome audacious challenges

  • How to work with a fast-moving, interdisciplinary team working at the leading edge of several fields

Impact plan

  • Within 1 month you will have learned Wildtype’s unique dissection techniques and gained a basic understanding of sea animal cell culture. You will partner with our team on dissections, and will help you come up with ideas on how to improve cell viability and attachment of various cell types.

  • Within 3 months you will have applied and developed your own dissection and cell isolation protocols to increase outgrowth of primary sea animal cells. You will work with members of the Cell Line Development team to characterize gene expression in cells as various stages of becoming a cell line. You and your mentor will have established professional development goals for the next 6 -9 months.

  • Within 6 months you will not have only created unique protocols to increase outgrowth and viability of primary cells, but also have developed culturing methods to challenge and increase longevity of these cells. The CLE team will be culturing cells from protocols that you have developed in-house. You will mentor a technician and train them to support Wildtype’s CLE efforts.

  • Within 12 months you will have established several cell strains from at least two aquatic species, and provided starting material to the Cell Line Development team. You will have guided technicians through the intricacies of dissection, primary cell culture, and basic laboratory techniques to the point where they can work independently. You will have a direct hand in establishing cell lines for the world’s first cell-cultivated seafood production facility.

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.


About Wildtype:

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

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Posted date: 26 days ago

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