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Research Associate/Associate Scientist, Molecular and Cellular Engineering (Enzymes)

Company: Codexis
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Are you ready to join our mission to enhance protein optimization and production? Do you have a passion for applying innovative technology to create novel products?  Come be part of the Codexis, Inc team where every day we get to unlock the power of proteins!

Since 2002, Codexis scientists and bioinformatics experts have worked collaboratively with our clients to do just that, enabling breakthrough developments for applications across multiple industries!  As Codexis expands its footprint we are in constant need to find new ways to diversify applications of our CodeEvolverTM protein engineering platform. 

But we cant do it without YOU!

To help us reach our goals we are looking to hire a Research Associate/Associate Scientist to join our Molecular and Cellular Engineering team.  

If any of the below describes you, we would love to meet you!

  • Broad working knowledge of molecular biology
  • Ability to apply the knowledge to development of novel methods and workflows
  • Collaborative, results-driven, learner

In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Design and construction of gene libraries and expression vectors in multiple expression hosts.
  • Cloning of genes and genetic pathways.
  • Characterization of gene variants.
  • Analysis and interpretation of DNA sequencing data. Analysis and interpretation of sequence-function relationship, interpretation of contribution of mutations to desired properties of gene variants.
  • Performing and troubleshooting experiments involving use of PCR, cloning, transformation, and recombinant gene expression in HTP format.
  • Training, support, and, if required, supervision of junior team members.
  • Working independently and with project teams to provide support and assistance to all phases of directed evolution projects
  • Maintaining a safe and efficient work place, follow safe lab practices and organize lab environment.

To be successful in this role, your background and experience should include:

  • MSc in Molecular Biology or related field with 4+ years of experience in industry, BSc in Molecular Biology or related field with 8+ years of industry experience.
  • Designing and generating constructs for protein expression in multiple expression hosts.
  • Broad understanding of directed evolution.
  • DNA manipulation, library design and generation, protein expression in multiple expression hosts. Experience with Bacillus sp. or Pichia as expression hosts preferred.
  • Ability to develop, validate and troubleshoot protocols.
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities and multi-task.
  • Ability to think critically, work both independently and within cross-disciplinary project teams.
  • Motivated and able to work under tight timelines, flexible, able to work and communicate well within project teams.
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, presentation skills and interpersonal skills.

What can Codexis offer you? (besides an amazing and collaborative culture?)

  • Full benefits on your first day
  • 100% match on 401k (up to 4%)
  • Generous flex time off
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Free fitness classes
  • Back up child/dependent care
  • Commuter vouchers
  • Much more!


Codexis is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status.

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Keywords: Codexis, Redwood City , Research Associate/Associate Scientist, Molecular and Cellular Engineering (Enzymes), Other , Redwood City, California

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