Share this Job

Post-Doc Microbiologist, R&D - San Diego, CA

Key Responsibilities:

  • Discover the benefits of Firmenich ingredients on skin microbiome by developing and performing relevant cellular and molecular assays
  • Interpret and document data, including writing of internal reports and peer-reviewed publications
  • Present results at project meetings, thereby contributing to decision-making processes
  • Remain abreast of developments and cutting-edge technologies within own field



  • PhD degree in microbiology, or molecular biology, or biochemistry or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum three years hands-on experience in relevant research areas, post-degree. Previous experience in an industrial setting is a plus
  • Familiar with standard microbiology (bacterial growth, isolation, plating, counting etc.) and molecular techniques (cloning, PCR/qPCR/RT-PCR etc.)
  • Experience analyzing Next Generation Sequencing data
  • Competency in the analysis of nucleic acid sequencing data, including use of databases and public data repositories for gene and protein similarity searches (NCBI, GenProt etc.)
  • Very good understanding of bacterial population diversity indexes (for example, Shannon, alpha, beta and gamma diversity indexes)
  • Excellent communication and networking ability
  • Fluent in English
  • This position will be a 2-year assignment


We value:

  • Energetic and results-oriented scientists with track record of success
  • Effective organization and excellent communication skills
  • Passion for learning new things
  • Great attention to safety regulations and guidelines
  • Flexibility, multitasking and team work

We offer:

  • The ability to be a part of a highly creative and imaginative team in an incredibly competitive and inspiring industry
  • A fast-paced environment surrounded by some of the biggest talents and brands in the beauty and fragrance industries
  • Learn how to understand consumers and how to meet their needs effectively


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.


Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly.


We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and an outstanding benefits program that features:

* Generous Paid Time Off!

* Quarterly Bonus Potential!

* Retirement Plans!

* 401(k) with Company Match!

* Low Cost Medical, Dental & Rx & Vision Coverage!

* Tuition Assistance for Employees and Children!

* Flexible Spending Accounts!

* Tobacco-Free Campus!

* And Many More Employee-Friendly Programs!

Nearest Major Market: San Diego