Protein Scientist

Chicago, IL

Posted: 02/23/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 961.22MW Experience:

Job Description

Protein Scientist

This position reports to the Chief Scientific Officer.  This position focuses on purifying proteins.  Paid employee benefits and great work environment, with room for growth.

We’re looking for passionate, driven, and ambitious people to join our fast-growing team.

The successful candidate will be an engaged thought leader to drive development and improvements of current strain, fermentation technology and product quality through detailed understanding of the physiology of filamentous fungi.  The successful candidate will serve as the resident technical expert on physiology of filamentous fungi including optimization of growth and propagation.  The candidate will possess deep knowledge of growth, metabolism, and life cycle of filamentous fungi.  The successful candidate will be instrumental in coordinating cross-functional collaboration with molecular biology, protein acumen to drive research projects from ideation-to-finish line.  Previous track-record of successfully developing filamentous fungi used to produced commercialized product(s) would be a plus.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Purify and characterize proteins, both native and heterologous expressed, to determine similarity to the native protein including post-translational modifications
  • Independently execute tasks including development of new assays, setting up new methods for protein characterization, regular sample handling, and developing analytical methods
  • Development of methods to characterize protein functionality
  • Contributing to the discovering of connections between genotypes and key phenotypes of filamentous fungi, to develop improved strains
  • Characterization of secretome and proteome of wild type engineered and improved strains
  • Working with molecular biology team to develop strategies to engineer filamentous fungi to produce products of interest
  • Working well in teams to develop new technology and products you’d never achieve on your own
  • Provide data-driven insights to solve technical challenges
  • Conduct bench-top work, and analyze, summarize present scientific outcomes
  • Provide accurate, clear, and concise reports on R&D activities

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Mike Walters at

JO:  961.22MW

Job Requirements

Technical Requirements:

  • BS, MS or PhD in Protein Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related technical field
  • Industrial experience highly preferred
  • An innovative mind-set and can-do attitude coupled with an enthusiasm for engineering filamentous fungi for protein production
  • Contributed to strain improvement programs focused on protein expression, metabolic engineering or other applied objectives
  • Knowledge of protein structure and function properties
  • Expertise in protein purification and structural analysis
  • Expertise characterizing proteins for glycosylation
  • Experience in quantifying and characterizing heterologous produced proteins is preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a start-up environment
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Mike Walters at

JO:  961.22MW

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