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Research Associate: Process Development

Wild Type

Wild Type

San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2023

About Wildtype

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, 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 L Catterton, Jeff Bezos, Spark Capital, CRV, Temasek, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Footprint Coalition, among others.

Come join us in transforming our food system for good!

What you will own at Wildtype

  • Optimize upstream cell culture processes for novel marine species
  • Carry out protocols for various types of cell culture vessels
  • Perform experiments to systematically improve culture efficiency
  • Interpret experiment results and recommend new conditions to test

What you bring to the table

  • Education in bioprocess engineering, biochemical engineering, mechanical engineering, cell biology or biochemistry
  • Reliable hands
  • Experience with bench scale bioreactors
  • Ability to adjust to new protocols, and troubleshoot/refine conditions

What we’ll teach you

  • What it is like to work in a super talented startup group, where we challenge/inspire each other to do better for the collective good of the company
  • Our current suspension culture process, for you to build on
  • How to keep your focus in an ever-changing environment

Impact plan

  • Within 1 month you will have learned Wildtype’s current suspension culture process.
  • Within 3 months you will have set your professional development goals for the next 2 years. You will have carried out a few experiments to improve the robustness of our suspension cell culture process.
  • Within 6 months you will have helped our group gathered enough data to narrow down on the process parameters to focus on in the next round of experiments. You will also have been exposed to our new cell line establishment/development efforts.
  • Within 12 months you will start designing your own experiments.

Compensation range is listed below, in addition we offer 90th percentile equity.

Location: This position is an onsite role based in San Francisco.
Compensation (per year)
$70,000$92,000 USD

To learn more about Wildtype and see our newest updates, check out our blog!

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.