Associate Scientist, Upstream

San Francisco Metro Area, CA

Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -102023-31970 Region: San Francisco Metro Area

Job Description

R&D Partners is seeking to hire an Associate Scientist in San Carlos, CA.

Benefits of this role:

Competitive pay

Full-Time role

Benefits + 401k

Position Summary:

A fast-growing biotech company is looking for an energetic and talented individual to join our Polysaccharide Upstream team.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in executing experiments to develop the upstream processes including working with BSL2 micro-organisms.
    • Perform microbiology related work including plating, colony selection, Gram staining and cell enumeration on microscope.
    • Assist in flask and bioreactor fermentation experiment execution.
    • Perform fermentation vessel assembly.
    • Assist in media and buffer preparation and assist in centrifugation and filtration experimental execution.
    • Operate and maintain instrumentation for bacterial fermentation (BSL2) and primary recovery (filtration, etc.) of bacterial polysaccharides utilizing aseptic technique.
    • Perform analysis including optical density, residual metabolites and polysaccharide concentration.


  • Bachelor s degree in Biology/Microbiology or a related discipline, with 0+ years of industry experience.
    • Demonstrated experience in handling micro-organisms with proper sterile technique.
    • Confidence working in biosafety cabinets while performing cell plating and inoculation of flasks/bioreactors.
    • General understanding of engineering principles involved in scaling processes from development to pilot scale either gained in industry or through university coursework.
    • Prior experience in growing microbes is a plus.

Pay Scale:

$34.00 - $45.00 (Dependent on Experience)

R&D Partners is a specialist employment agency and recruitment business providing job opportunities within major pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies.

R&D Partners is an equal opportunity employer.


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