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Country/Region:  US
Job function:  R&D



San Diego, CA, USA



Pay range - $113k - $141k


We are seeking a highly motivated goal-oriented candidate to be part of an innovative Research & Development program to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of arthropods chemosensation (  The candidate will use molecular and electrophysiological tools to develop original approaches to drive research in the field of arthropod chemical ecology.  Candidates will possess a deep understanding of the neural pathways, receptors and ion channels which drive insect behaviour.  Broad hands-on experience with cellular and molecular biology on arthropods is required, ideally on mosquitoes.  Candidates experienced using electrophysiology and cell-based assays to study arthropod ion channels and receptors are highly encouraged to apply.


At dsm-firmenich, being a force for good is not optional. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a shared responsibility woven into our daily work, benefiting to our People, Customers & Communities and driving business value. Equal access to opportunities is a given, belonging is a shared feeling, authenticity is celebrated.


Your key responsibilities

  • Apply your expertise in arthropod chemosensation to help conceptualize novel approaches to manipulate insect behavior.
  • Independently design and run assays in the required time-frame
  • Perform data analysis and effectively communicate results between stakeholders
  • Present data at department meetings and external scientific conferences
  • Prepare manuscripts of scientific results and submit for publication in top-rated peer-reviewed journals, patent applications, and/or internal company reports.
  • Maintain awareness of relevant knowledge and technologies.


We bring

  • Being part of a result-oriented organization culture that fosters team collaboration and scientific excellence.
  • The opportunity to contribute to projects with potentially great health and social benefits.
  • The ability to be a part of a highly creative and imaginative team in an incredibly inspiring industry.
  • A space to grow by encouraging and supporting curiosity and an open mindset.
  • A culture that prioritizes safety and well-being, both physically and mentally.
  • We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and outstanding benefit programs.


You bring

  • PhD in Biology or related field with 2+ or 5+ years experiences respectively in an academic or industry Research and Development laboratory respectively.
  • Broad knowledge of neurobiology, preferably in the fields of chemosensation, with hands-on experience on arthropods, ideally mosquitoes.
  • Ability to manage projects and drive the science behind the results.
  • Expert molecular biologist, experience in Next-Generation-Sequencing, genome editing experience and/or computational programming skills a plus.
  • Hands-on experience designing and performing ion-channel and receptor-based assays a plus.
  • Excellent team spirit, communication skills and networking capacity in a multidisciplinary environment.


Equal Opportunities Commitment 

dsm-firmenich is fully dedicated to inclusion because when people feel engaged and empowered, their creativity and innovation drives unprecedented progress. We aim to build a workplace where opportunity really is equal, so everyone can thrive. We do not discriminate: there’s a place for everyone at dsm-firmenich.
dsm-firmenich is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
dsm-firmenich people are as diverse as our customers. For us that includes a commitment to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
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About dsm-firmenich

As innovators in nutrition, health, and beauty, dsm-firmenich reinvents, manufactures, and combines vital nutrients, flavors, and fragrances for the world’s growing population to thrive. With our comprehensive range of solutions, with natural and renewable ingredients and renowned science and technology capabilities, we work to create what is essential for life, desirable for consumers, and more sustainable for the planet. dsm-firmenich is a Swiss-Dutch company, listed on the Euronext Amsterdam, with operations in almost 60 countries and revenues of more than €12 billion. With a diverse, worldwide team of nearly 30,000 employees, we bring progress to life™ every day, everywhere, for billions of people.

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Nearest Major Market: San Diego

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