Senior Strain Developer (m/w/d)

Job description

About us
Legendairy Foods GmbH is Europe’s first cellular agriculture startup focusing on the production of clean dairy. We are seeking to hire an enthusiastic Senior Strain Developer to join our team on the quest to produce clean vegan dairy products. We are developing real dairy products through a process of recombinant protein expression and fermentation. Our technology is animal-free, requires less resources and causes less greenhouse emissions compared to the traditional ways of producing dairy.

The position

As Senior Strain Developer you will be part of our Molecular Biology team. In this role, you will use cutting-edge technology to generate expression strains for recombinant dairy protein production. You will play a key role in developing our expression host system by improving our existing expression strains and exploring alternative expression hosts. We offer you a position at the forefront of next generation food production.

Your role

  • Use modern molecular biological techniques to create strains for the expression of milk proteins in different host systems
  • Take an active role in the design of experiments and test hypotheses in collaboration with other team members in the Molecular Biology department
  • Perform high-throughput screens to identify clones with high expression levels and protein yields
  • Perform genomic analysis of transformants
  • Identify and apply new molecular tools for strain development
  • Design, perform and analyze experiments independently
  • Collaborate with members of other departments, e.g. Fermentation and Food Design, to improve protein expression strains for optimal protein functionality
  • Maintain timely documentation of laboratory work
  • Collect, analyze and present data in interdisciplinary team meetings

Our offer:

  • Be a part of the team in a high-growth food startup with the potential to disrupt the current dairy market
  • A high-growth food biotech startup environment with an exponential learning curve
  • The opportunity to design and work with emerging technologies
  • The freedom to shape, inspire and lead
  • A competitive salary

Job requirements

  • PhD in molecular biology, synthetic biology, microbiology, biochemistry or related field
  • At least 2 years of work experience in an academic or corporate setting
  • Strong background in DNA cloning techniques and strain engineering
  • Experience with protein expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic hosts, e.g. yeast, filamentous fungi and bacteria
  • Knowledge of lab-scale protein purification and protein analysis methods
  • Eager to develop new strategies for strain development and to collaborate with members of the LegenDairy team as well as external collaboration partners
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of German is a plus
  • Passionate about food, health and sustainability