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Lewis & Clark AgriFood
Lewis & Clark AgriFood

Scientist - Protein Testing Group



Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2023

Located in Seattle, Washington, Arzeda is solving some of todays hardest and most meaningful problems from food and nutrition to sustainable materials and homecare by designing proteins that have the limitless potential to change everyones daily life. Our Intelligent Protein Design Technology™ merges computational protein design, machine learning, and synthetic biology tools to produce proteins, enzymes, and bio-based processes more efficiently than even Mother Nature. A deep tech, mission-driven company, we are passionate about our mission to design novel proteins and products that enhance our lives and protect our planet. At Arzeda, we value a strong desire to learn, innovate and be continuously challenged.

We are seeking a detail-oriented Scientist to join our highly collaborative Assay Development and Testing team. You will play a critical role in the continued development of our enzyme engineering platform at Arzeda to rapidly screen and optimize protein functions. Using your deep knowledge of enzymology, including enzyme kinetics, protein characterization, analytical biochemistry, and HT-assay development and troubleshooting you will contribute to impactful projects across the company and our partnerships.


  • Developing optimized conditions for robust high throughput protein or enzyme assays.
  • Implementing miniaturized, predictive protein or materials characterization assays.
  • Perform HT or mid-scale protein preparation.
  • Working with automation and database/LIMS experts, the candidate will be expected to contribute to the implementation of robust assay as well as data workflows.
  • Assisting in development of microfluidics devices.
  • Working closely with and training associate scientists and technicians to develop, optimize and perform laboratory SOPs.
  • Interfacing with upstream (e.g., Protein Design, Strain Design, and Genetic Design-Build teams) and downstream teams (e.g., Analytics (LC/MS) and Fermentation teams) for efficient data exchange and transfer of materials.


  • PhD in Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Synthetic Biology, or other related field, Master's + 3 years of relevant experience, or Bachelor's + 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Understanding of protein quantification.
  • In-depth knowledge of protein characterization and enzyme characterization.
  • Experience working with and/or developing microfluidics tools
  • Experience evaluating data sets, putting together reports, and presenting findings and/or results from data analysis.
  • Desire to communicate openly within a team and be receptive to feedback and learning opportunities.

Nice-to-haves (but not required):

  • Python and/or R
  • Hands on experience with Microscopy
  • Knowledge of materials characterization and/or polymer chemistry
  • Hands-on experience with automation equipment
  • In depth knowledge of enzymology

Arzeda compensation and benefits include:

  • Comprehensive compensation package, to include equity
  • Base Salary/Hourly Pay Rate: $90k-$105k (may vary based on level of experience, education and geography)
  • Paid time off; company-observed holidays to include a company paid holiday closure between Dec 25 and Jan 1; and paid medical/family leave
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance to include options for Health Savings Accounts
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Commuter benefits

Arzeda is an equal opportunity employer promoting diversity and inclusion in the workspace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding), genetic information, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law.

Legal authorization to work in the United States is required. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.