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Scientist, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Firmenich is seeking a Scientist, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology for our San Diego, CA location. The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team working on the discovery and development of novel biosynthetic approaches for the production of flavor and fragrance ingredients.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Analyze varied genomic data sets (transcriptomics, resequencing, de novo genome assembly, etc.).
  • Mine DNA/RNA NGS sequence data generated internally or through public databases for enzyme discovery and development of biosynthetic pathways (primarily in plant, fungi, and bacteria).
  • Utilize NGS data to analyze genome editing results and guide future genomic targets to improve biosynthetic pathways in engineered microbial strains. 
  • Evaluate, implement and deploy new software tools to fulfill the needs of the Biotechnology group globally. Develop custom solutions when appropriate.
  • Monitor scientific literature for new methods and data analysis tools.
  • Work productively in multidisciplinary teams with molecular biologists, enzymologists, fermentation scientists, organic and analytical chemists.



  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Bioengineering, or similar discipline.
  • Experience in DNA/RNA NGS data processing and analysis including annotation (internal and external sequencing datasets, such as RNA-Seq, WGS).
  • Experience in analyzing gene and protein primary sequence information (phylogeny, clustering, …)
  • Experience in data mining and working with published datasets.
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional team environment.


We Value:

  • Knowledge of secondary metabolisms in plant, fungi, bacteria.
  • Experience with laboratory automation systems and experimental workflow development.
  • Experience in improving enzyme activity/specificity/stability and designing variant libraries using computational tools.


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
  • The opportunity to learn how to understand consumers and how to meet their needs effectively

For more information see J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134:18900, Journal of Biotechnology 2013, 163, 339; Org. Process Res. Dev. 2016, 20, 1974 for publications of the group.


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