BlueNalu – Scientist Metabolomics

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LOCATION: San Diego, CA  


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 planet. Our products will have a low risk of mercury, microplastics or other contaminants.  

Job Summary:  

In this role, the candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of cell biologists, chemists, process  engineers and product development scientists to develop omic processes to increase the fundamental  understanding of the fish cells and optimize media formulations and processes to support seafood cell  culture. Candidates should have expertise in metabolomic processes, related experimental tools and data  analysis, and communication of results. This position will require significant subject matter expertise and  hands-on laboratory work and the ability to collaboratively work with or lead team members as well as  coordinate with external suppliers or contractors. This position reports directly to the Director, Bioprocess  Development.  

Essential Responsibilities:  

 Develop projects and procedures to perform metabolomic measurements on seafood cell culture using  chromatography-mass spectrometry assays including but not limited to working with external  contractors as well as to bring novel related technologies in-house  

 Develop specifications, procedures, and testing protocols, as required, for metabolite extraction and  metabolomic measurements from samples obtained in standard and non-standard cell culture and  bioreactor processes  

 Evaluation and implementation of novel technologies and analytical tools to accelerate discovery   Collect and review data; analyze and interpret data and results and work cross-functionally to  implement data-driven process improvements  

 Collaborate with suppliers to source materials and services for metabolomic activities   Lead projects to achieve project goals and direct activities to meet project milestones   Prepare summaries, reports and presentations based on findings to provide regular updates to the  project team and management  

 Preparation of invention disclosures and other IP documentation as required  

 Some weekend work may be required  

Jobs Supervised (by title):  

 Director, Bioprocess Development  



 As required from time to time 

Minimum Qualifications:  

 Applicants with a PhD and 1+ years of industry experience are preferred, BS with 5+ years of  industry experience in Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering,  Cell Biology, or equivalent  

 Demonstrated hands-on experience and strong technical knowledge in cell culture, cutting-edge  metabolomic assays, metabolic flux analysis, metabolite quantitation, and related chromatographic  and mass spectrometric techniques  

 In-depth knowledge of metabolic pathways and demonstrated application in cell culture (mammalian,  insect, fish cells etc.). Experience with muscle and/or fat metabolomics is a plus.  

 Significant experience with DOE and statistical analysis of data is required  

 Excellent project management, communication, and interpersonal skills  

 Implementation of effective experimental designs using QbD principles and accurately summarize,  interpret, and review experimental data using advanced computer tools  

 Critical thinking to solve problems and ability to multi-task and work collaboratively or independently,  as is required, for timely and successful completion of project goals  

 Exceptional interpersonal skills and organizational skills, with impeccable attention to detail   Legally authorized to work in the United States  

 Experience with small-scale high-throughput bioprocess systems is a plus  

Materials and Equipment Directly Used  

 Microsoft Office Suite and other computer systems  

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 essential functions.  

Physical Demands:  

 Ability to lift 20 pounds  

Work Environment:  

 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 professionally and effectively   Ability to work with and be around products containing Major US Allergens and sensitizing  agents such as fish, soy, and shellfish  

Additional Information  

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.  

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