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Associate Scientist I/II, Quality Control

Arzeda

Arzeda

Quality Assurance
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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 and collaborative Associate Scientist I/II to join our team. The successful candidate will primarily support Quality Assurance (QC) activities, including sample processing, setting up and running experiments, and operating instrumentation such as High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). This role will also involve assisting with internal work and contributing to process improvements to ensure consistent and reliable results. If you have a strong background in laboratory techniques, enjoy running standard assay, and thrive in a collaborative environment, we encourage you to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform QC activities according to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols, including receiving and processing samples, setting up and running standard assays, and operating HPLC instrumentation.
  • Ensure accurate documentation of experimental procedures, observations, and results in laboratory notebooks and electronic systems such as the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to support timely sample analysis and data sharing with downstream departments such as Drug Substance Production (DSP) and Bioprocessing.
  • Assist in preparing reagents and solutions used in QC assays, ensuring proper labeling, storage, and inventory management.
  • Support training activities for technicians and colleagues on relevant QC procedures and instrumentation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of the laboratory workspaces, including storage of samples and laboratory supplies.
  • Proactively communicate any challenges or issues encountered during experiments or sample processing, seeking guidance and assistance as needed.
  • Contribute to process improvement initiatives aimed at enhancing efficiency, accuracy, and reproducibility of QC assays and workflows.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related field.
  • Prior experience in an industry laboratory setting, preferably in a quality control or analytical chemistry role.
  • Familiarity with HPLC instrumentation and principles, including the ability to interpret chromatograms and troubleshoot instrument issues.
  • Proficiency in following SOPs, conducting experiments, and documenting results accurately and comprehensively.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize workload effectively.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.

Nice-to-haves (but not required):

  • Customer service mindset with a commitment to delivering high-quality results and meeting project timelines.
  • Experience with LIMS systems and industry-standard work processes is desirable.
  • Enthusiasm for continuous improvement and willingness to adapt to changing priorities and workflows.

Arzeda compensation and benefits include:

  • Comprehensive compensation package, to include equity
  • Base Salary/Hourly Pay Rate: $54,000 - $75,000 (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.