Scientist, Metabolic Engineering at Zymochem
California, US

ZymoChem is seeking a highly motivated Scientist / Senior Scientist to immediately join and contribute to our company’s R&D efforts focused on metabolic engineering. Primary responsibilities for this position will include [1] the development of expression systems tailored for non-model organisms; and [2] the design and execution of metabolic engineering workflows for characterizing & optimizing biosynthetic pathways.

This Scientist position requires an entrepreneurial-level initiative, the ability to demonstrate scientific leadership, and the capability to prioritize & efficiently multi-task on a daily basis. An adept ability to effectively communicate and work with a team in a fast-paced environment is crucial, and the desire & skills to manage other researchers are also prerequisites.

This position is for a full-time appointment with benefits including medical, dental, and vision.


  • PhD in chemical engineering, bioengineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline; previous work in an industrial setting or startup environment is preferred

  • Extensive experience with building, testing, and optimizing metabolic pathways for the production of chemicals

  • Proven expertise with engineering non-model organisms is strongly preferred

  • Experience in using state-of-the-art –omics methodologies for strain characterization & engineering

  • Experience with bench-scale fermentations, media formulation development, and routine analytic techniques such as HPLC

Other Relevant Qualifications

Technical experiences and in-depth knowledge with the following:

  • State-of-the-art genome engineering & strain construction techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 and homologous recombination

  • Experience with successfully developing DNA transformation work flows for non-model organisms

  • Operation of lab-scale controlled bioreactors and high cell density fed-batch fermentations

  • –Omics techniques for the characterization of metabolic pathways

  • Metabolic modeling

Other desired qualities & experiences include:

  • Track record of supervising other scientists and/or research associates

  • Experience with writing successful grant proposals

  • Relevant publication record and achievements

If this position aligns with your career aspirations, please apply using the form below. Alternatively, you can email your resume/CV and a cover letter to, and include “Application for Metabolic Engineering Scientist” in the subject line of the email.

ZymoChem is an equal opportunity employer.