Research Scientist- Metabolic Engineering

Gothenburg, Sweden


Melt&Marble ( 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, enthusiastic and experienced research scientist to work on developing yeast cell factories for production of microbial lipids. Successful applicants will be responsible for the design, construction, and evaluation of yeast strains. The position is a combination of hands-on laboratory work, organizational tasks, and supervision of others.

Our ideal candidate should have a strong track record in microbial engineering, 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:

  • Design metabolic engineering strategies for lipid production projects

  • Construction and evaluation of yeast strains

  • Development of suitable cultivation and screening conditions

  • Testing the metabolic, physiological, and performance parameters of yeast strains

  • Design of experimental protocols for others to follow

  • Supervision of research assistants

  • Maintenance of detailed records of scientific experiments

  • Preparation of technical reports, SOPs, and presentations

  • Maintenance of an in-depth knowledge of the latest advances in metabolic engineering

  • Optimization of experimental workflows

  • Participation in scientific meetings and conferences

  • Coordination of activities with external stakeholders

Required qualifications:

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

  • Excellent understanding of microbial (preferably yeast) metabolism

  • Proven track record in microbial engineering projects (preferably yeasts)

  • Strong background in the usage of microbiology and molecular biology methods

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

  • Experience in supervision, teaching, and/or training others

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

Bonus points:

  • Post-doctoral or industrial experience

  • Experience with engineering lipid metabolism

  • Experience in development of synthetic biology tools for strain construction

  • Experience with high-throughput screening and handling high-throughput experimental data

  • Experience with analytics, particularly lipid analytics

  • Experience with enzymology

  • Experience with using genome-scale metabolic models, bioinformatics or analysis of OMICS data

We offer:

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

  • Unique opportunity to participate in and lead 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

Applications should be submitted to with the subject line “Application for Research Scientist- 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