Research Assistant- Metabolic Engineering

Gothenburg, Sweden

Background:

Melt&Marble (meltandmarble.com) aims to boost the growth of the plant-based industry by providing it with the best and tastiest fats, for both consumers and the planet. We do this by using precision fermentation to produce animal fats without the animal. By engineering microbial metabolism, we can dictate the structure and properties of the fats that our microbes are producing, allowing us to mimic any fat structure, as well as create completely new and better fats.


Position summary:

We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic research assistant to support our scientists in development of yeast cell factories for production of lipids. Successful applicants will be involved in strain construction, strain cultivation, metabolite analysis, as well as other laboratory support.


Our ideal candidate should have a track record in molecular biology/microbiology, exceptional organizational skills, and a passion for using science to solve tough challenges. The candidate should also be comfortable working in the dynamic environment of a start-up company, troubleshooting challenging projects, and meeting tight deadlines.


Occasionally, some activities may require working outside of standard working hours. The position may require travel within Sweden and abroad.


Responsibilities and tasks:

  • Construction of yeast strains

  • Evaluation of the growth, metabolic, physiological, and performance parameters of yeast strains

  • Maintenance of laboratory collections (strains, plasmids, genes, etc.)

  • Laboratory support: preparation of buffers, reagents, and media, etc.

  • Maintenance of detailed records of scientific experiments

  • Preparation of technical reports, protocols and presentations


Required qualifications:

  • Candidates should hold a Bsc or Msc degree in biotechnology, bioengineering, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering or a similar field

  • Minimum 6 months experience performing wet lab research in industry or academia

  • Good understanding of microbiology and molecular biology

  • Strong experience in the usage of molecular biology methods such as PCR and recombinant DNA cloning

  • Experience in working with microorganisms and using sterile techniques

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

  • Right to work in Sweden (Swedish work permit/citizenship or EU citizenship/permanent residence permit)


Bonus points:

  • Experience in construction and evaluation of yeast strains

  • Experience with metabolic engineering projects

  • Experience with analytics

  • Postgraduate work experience


We offer:

  • An innovative interdisciplinary research environment where you can advance in your career

  • Unique opportunity to contribute to innovative projects that solve real world problems

  • Work in the lovely city of Gothenburg- Sweden’s second-largest city. Gothenburg is a seaside city that offers a great combination of city life and beautiful surrounding nature

  • Flexible work hours, competitive remuneration, generous vacation package, benefits


Application procedure:

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file and contain the following:

  • Cover letter- tell us about what excites you about this space and why you think that you’re a great fit for Melt&Marble

  • CV

  • Publication list (if relevant)


Applications should be submitted to hr@meltmarble.com with the subject line “Research Assistant- Metabolic Engineering”


Application deadline: rolling. Applications will be evaluated as they are received.


If you have any questions about the position, feel free to contact us at hr@meltmarble.com.