Scientist, Cell Line Development
TITLE: Scientist, Cell Line Development
REPORTS TO: Courtney Benson
LOCATION: San Diego, CA
Document Date: 09/30/21
BlueNalu, Inc. is a fast-growing, San Diego-based company that is pioneering the production of
seafood products derived directly from fish cells. Using proprietary cell biology techniques and
engineering processes, BlueNalu’s platform technology can produce a wide array of value-added
seafood products, that are healthy for people, humane for animals, and sustainable for
The Scientist, Cell Line Development will be based at the company’s office(s) in San Diego, CA. This
role will work in the R&D group and focus on early-stage cell line development to generate cell lines
derived from commercially important marine species. Candidates should have expertise in cell line
development including experimental design, problem solving, statistical analysis, and communication of
results. This position will require significant subject matter expertise and hands-on laboratory work and
the ability to lead team members. Successful candidates will join a high-performance and fast-paced
team where everybody’s contribution is equally important. Candidates should be highly motivated,
organized, proactive, have excellent communication skills and be able to balance multiple projects.
Lead early-stage cell line development projects to meet cell line requirements
Develop specifications and testing protocols as required for new cell line development and
Work cross-functionally with R&D, Process Development, and Manufacturing to successfully
transfer SOPs and cell lines that meet target specifications
Work in partnership with collaborators to effectively source materials as needed
Lead a small team to achieve project goals and direct activities to meet project milestones
Train and supervise team members to perform project activities
Provide regular updates to the project team and management on project timelines and
Preparation of invention disclosures and other IP documentation as required
Some weekend work may be required
Jobs Supervised (by title):
Scientist III, Cell Line Development
6060 Nancy Ridge Drive Production Facility
San Diego, CA 92121Travel:
Less than 5%.
PhD in Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, or equivalent
Applicants with a PhD and 3+ years of industry experience are preferred, or MS with 6+ years of
Demonstrated expertise in cell line development, cell culture, cell and molecular biology, cell
metabolism, immunocytochemistry and other cell-based assays
Hands on experience in cell line development including expansion, cloning and sub-cloning, cell
banking, and characterization
Experience in primary cell isolation, expansion and differentiation
Experience with primary muscle and/or fat cells or pluripotent stem cells
Experience with high-throughput screening equipment and methods
Adept at time management and ability to manage numerous cell lines at a time
Track record of successfully leading small teams to achieve project goals
Demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and execute scientific projects
Accurately summarize, interpret, and review experimental data with adequate computer skills for data
acquisition, data management and visualization of experimental results
Use of DOE and related software to design and analyze experiments
Performs work independently and as part of a team to achieve company goals
High level of initiative to solve problems and ability to multitask
Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills
Flexibility to switch projects/focus as needed to meet company goals
Sense of humor
Materials and Equipment Directly Used:
Office machinery including computers, printers, copiers, etc.
Microsoft Office Suite and other computer systems.
Basic lab equipment such as pH meters, scale, statistical software (JMP, Graphpad).
Working Environment / Physical Demands:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of
those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
Must understand vague and implicit instructions and react favorably in all work situations.
Must be mentally adaptable and flexible in dealing with a variety of people.
Emotional stability and personal maturity are important attributes in this position.
Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make decisions under pressure.
Ability to give, to receive, and analyze information, formulate work plans and prepare
written materials and articulate goals and action plans.
Must understand people and be able to communicate effectively.
Ability to work with and directly handle products containing Major US Allergens and
sensitizing agents such as fish, soy, and shellfish.
Able to carry up to 50 lbs.
On site laboratory, requires exposure to machines, chemicals, and solvents.
BlueNalu, Inc. provides an attractive compensation and benefits package. All applicants must be
authorized to work in the US, and willing and able to work a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of
the Company. BlueNalu, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are
committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. This is an excellent opportunity to
join a small but quickly growing company where everybody’s contribution is equally important. BlueNalu
is seeking team players that are driven, focused, creative, proactive and productive, with excellent
written and verbal communication skills, and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. We are
also seeking team members that enjoy and thrive in the atmosphere of a very fast-paced
entrepreneurial environment, have a good sense of humor, and are personally motivated to make a
difference to humanity and our planet.
To apply please visit: https://www.bluenalu.com/careers