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Research Associate - San Diego, CA

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform daily laboratory experiments in biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology.
  • Analysis of DNA and protein sequence data.
  • Perform routine small molecule analyses, in particular using LC-MS and GC-MS.
  • Assist with protein expression and assist with measuring enzyme activities.
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues in an interdisciplinary research team.
  • In collaboration with other R&D members, contribute to the development and implementation of new biochemical techniques.
  • Perform analysis of data and write technical reports.
  • Adhere to internal HS&E standards and policy.


  • B.S. degree in biochemistry, molecular biology or microbiology or other degree with relevant experience.
  • DNA assembly/cloning, microbial strain modification techniques and use of DNA/protein sequence software and databases.
  • Protein expression and measurement of enzyme activities.
  • Willing to develop new skills and learn new techniques.
  • Ability to work on multiple and technically diverse projects, flexibility in the organization of daily work, including autonomous planning and execution of experiments.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical results, written and orally.

We value:

  • Hands-on experience in analytical techniques (LC-MS and GC-MS).
  • Hands-on experience with bioreactors.
  • Optimization of enzyme reactions and microbial growth/performance.
  • Effective organization and communication skills

We offer:

  • High Challenge and High Reward Environment
  • Entry to exciting and inspiring world of perfumes and taste
  • Culture that values diversity where people are at the heart of the company
  • Opportunity to work for a company that cares about environment and sets and achieve ambitious sustainability objectives


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

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