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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate (Strain Engineering)

At Geltor we design award-winning ingredients for the world's biggest consumer product companies. Geltor is looking for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE / SR. RESEARCH ASSOCIATE to join our Strain Engineering team in San Leandro, CA.  

The RA/SRA will play a key role in designing/executing experiments related to the construction and optimization of microbial strains for the production of our proprietary proteins. This position offers the opportunity for a self-motivated and detail-oriented Research Associate/Senior Research Associate with a strong background in molecular biology, protein expression, or microbial genetics to join a collaborative, fast-paced team that is sustainably creating new proteins

Key responsibilities:

  • Help design, execute and troubleshoot experiments focused on molecular cloning and protein expression and metabolic engineering 
  • Execute high-throughput plate-based microbial culturing assays 
  • Analyze protein expression through various methods  
  • Collect, analyze and present data to internal stakeholders and cross-functional teams  
  • Lead by example, champion Geltor, and uphold company values  


  • B.S. in Microbiology, Metabolic Engineering, Molecular Biology, related discipline, or equivalent 
  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques in one or more prokaryotic or eukaryotic hosts; depth of understanding and experience will determine job level 
  • Experience with standard molecular biology techniques including PCR, Gibson and/or Golden Gate assembly, transformation, gel electrophoresis and microbial culturing  
  • Experience with protein expression and biochemistry a plus 
  • Ability to conduct experiments, evaluate and interpret results, and solicit help when needed 
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to collect and maintain detailed records and effectively prioritize tasks 
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to share knowledge and discuss technical concepts within the team  
  • Proficiency with common software (MS Word, Excel, etc.); experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (e.g. Benchling) a plus 
  • Strong analytical, data interpretation, and problem-solving capabilities to think critically about complex problems and contribute to a team environment  
  • Cultural and emotional intelligence to develop and nurture collaborative relationships in a diverse environment with global reach. 
  • A positive, open, and intellectually curious team player who embraces the challenges and excitement of an entrepreneurial business 
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to Geltor’s mission 

Supporting Our Team:

  • At Geltor, our employees are what matter most. We believe in taking care of our people and their families, so we offer a full spectrum of benefits including:
  • Gold level health insurance coverage for you and your dependents through Blue Shield or Kaiser, with Geltor paying 80-100% of premiums for employees and dependents based on plan selection
  • Dental and Vision coverage
  • 401k with match
  • LTD, AD&D, and life insurance
  • Flexible time off to refresh and recharge
  • Voluntary benefits including cancer and accident coverage
  • On campus lunches
  • Mental health care through Ginger
  • Commuter FSA
  • Dependent care FSA
  • Paid family leave

About Geltor 
Geltor designs high-performance, sustainable ingredients for consumer product companies by combining computation, biology and materials science. Our first products are collagen proteins optimized for cosmetics and personal care applications and produced through a proprietary animal-free fermentation process. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

At Geltor we believe the most innovative progress and scientific discoveries happen when we include, celebrate, and embrace difference. We are committed to building a team that includes and respects a variety of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Geltor is an Equal Opportunity Employer.