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Scientist/ Senior Scientist: Process Development

Wild Type

Wild Type

San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

About Wildtype

Wildtype is on a mission to create the cleanest, most sustainable seafood on the planet, starting with sushi-grade salmon. We’re pioneering cellular agriculture to protect wild species and our oceans, and to reverse trends of global food insecurity. Wildtype will provide consumers with a new option for real seafood that provides the same nutritional benefits as the most pristine wild-caught fish, without common contaminants such as mercury, microplastics, antibiotics, or pesticides.

We were founded in 2016 by Aryé Elfenbein, a cardiologist and molecular biologist, and Justin Kolbeck (CEO), a former US diplomat who served in Pakistan and Afghanistan, in an effort to solve one of the world’s biggest problems: how to feed a growing population without stripping the earth of its natural resources and biodiversity. Investors include L Catterton, Jeff Bezos, Spark Capital, CRV, Temasek, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Footprint Coalition, among others.

Come join us in transforming our food system for good!

Your work at Wildtype

  • Improve our upstream cell culture process to achieve higher consistency and robustness
  • Lead scale down experiments to replicate and resolve issues identified from pilot and production scale
  • Collaborate with our cell line development, media development, midstream, and scale up teams

What you bring to the table

  • 5+ years of hands-on process development experience across bench to pilot scales
  • Knowledge of considerations in translating bench scale cell culture performance to pilot scale
  • Willingness to investigate why any existing process is done a certain way, and explore opportunities to improve or implement changes
  • Ability to balance learnings from practical and theoretical knowledge to improve cell culture processes

What we’ll teach you

  • What is it like to work in a talented startup group where we challenge and inspire each other to do better for the collective good of the company
  • Our current animal component free suspension cell culture process (which we will encourage you to then analyze, take apart, and rebuild)

Impact plan

  • Within 1 month you will have gained familiarity with Wildtype’s suspension culture processes, and formed directions of investigation for subsequent improvement. You will have designed your first scale down experiments to address questions you have identified.
  • Within 3 months you will have set your professional development goals for the next 2 years. You will have started running your scale down experiments with support from other crewmates.
  • Within 6 months you will have gathered enough data to validate and invalidate your initial hypotheses. You will have made your first few recommendations to the next steps of process development, specially to minimize the difference of cell culture performance from bench scale to pilot scale . You will have started investing some time into training others on process development.
  • Within 12 months you will have made your mark on Wildtype’s next animal component free upstream cell culture process that leads to improved consistency and robustness from bench scale to pilot scale.
Compensation range is listed below, in addition we offer 90th percentile equity.

Location: This position is an onsite role based in San Francisco.
Compensation (per year)
$125,000$140,000 USD

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