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Research Associate II, Bio Analytics 45 views

Berkeley, CA

It’s a Perfect Day to change the world! At Perfect Day, we’re doing just that.
Perfect Day was founded in 2014 to create delicious, nutritious dairy products that everyone can love. We’re using fermentation (not animals) to make dairy proteins that are the foundation for foods like ice cream, cheese and yogurt – all with the distinctive taste and textures that consumers demand, but without lactose or environmental downsides. Through partnerships with respected brands, we’re working to launch a whole range of dairy products that will help shape a humane, sustainable food system for future generations. 
We are currently searching for an enthusiastic full-time Research Associate II to join our Analytical Chemistry Team. This position requires solving bioanalytical puzzles involving proteins, peptides, and small molecules in a fast-paced environment. Under the guidance of a scientist, you will work primarily on liquid chromatography (HPLC, UPLC) of proteins, supporting method development, optimization, and validation. An ideal candidate will have knowledge of protein chemistry and previous experience with analytical techniques. 


  • Sample preparation from bench-scale fermentation and downstream processing work streams, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Perform method development, optimization, and validation of methods by liquid chromatography (HPLC, UPLC) for quantification of proteins, peptides, and small molecules.
  • Some hands-on knowledge of HPLC techniques such as reversed-phase, normal phase, size exclusion, and ion-exchange chromatography.
  • Assist with the tech transfer of validated methods to manufacturing sites, under the guidance of a scientist.
  • Write SOPs and training documents for validated methods.
  • Other functions:
  • Assist in training technicians to run validated analytical methods.
  • Maintain timely and detailed reports related to completed work.
  • Data analysis, statistical analysis, and data reporting.
  • Demonstrate adept problem-solving and troubleshooting capability related to analytical instrumentation.
  • Excellent communication, collaborative skills, and a strong desire to work in multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • Maintain a high degree of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Competencies:
    Oral and written communication
  • Organizes ideas clearly in oral speech and writing.
  • Expresses ideas concisely in oral speech and writing.
  • Uses graphics and other aids to clarify complex or technical information.
  • Initiative
  • Identifying what needs to be done and acts before being asked or the situation requires it.
  • Seeks out others involved in a situation to learn their perspectives.
  • Desired to learn new skills and proactively solve problems.
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Notices discrepancies and inconsistencies in available information.
  • Approaches a complex task by breaking it down into its component parts and considering each part in detail.
  • Identifies many possible causes for a technical problem.

  • B.S. or B.A. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or other related fields.
  • 2 – 4+ years of industry experience in an analytical laboratory setting.
  • Previous experience running HPLC/UPLC methods and instrumentation.
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office Suite.
  • Additional Knowledge and Functionalities:
  • Analytical experience with proteins and/or small molecules is desirable.
  • Knowledge of SAS JMP software is desirable.
  • Previous development and validation of HPLC/UPLC methods is desirable.
  • Experience performing gas chromatography is a plus.
  • Experience using LIMS (lab information management systems) is a plus.

  • Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus, with or without corrective lenses.
  • Ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods at a given time; reach, climb, kneel, bend, push and/or pull, and at times lift objects as heavy as 50 lbs.
  • Position is located in a typical laboratory environment, where you will safely work with some hazardous chemicals. Position additional requires a tolerance for high worker traffic, instrument noise, and varying room temperatures.
  • Perfect Day is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
    It’s a Perfect Day to change the world. The day when delicious dairy goodness is something everyone can love. The day we say goodbye to the downsides of factory farming. The day we throw a big party with luscious, animal-free milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, all made with Perfect Day! We hope you join us! 

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