Alga Biosciences

We stop cows from burping methane.

Senior Research Scientist – Formulation Science

$100K - $180K
Berkeley, CA
Job Type
6+ years
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Caroline McKeon
Caroline McKeon

About the role

About Alga

Alga Biosciences is a fast-moving startup on a mission to transform the agricultural industry. Our goal is to eliminate methane produced by enteric fermentation. Methane is a small, energy-rich molecule with 86x the warming potential of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere over the next 20 years. Global livestock account for 14.5% of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, and cattle are the primary emitters via enteric fermentation.

We intend to make a dramatic impact on global methane emissions by stopping cattle from burping methane. We are collaborating with cattle-owners, ranchers, and scientists to do this in the fastest, cheapest, and most scalable way possible.

Are you motivated to deploy a bold, game-changing climate technology? We would love to hear from you.

The Job

In this role, you will have the opportunity to create new product formulations that will manage global greenhouse gas emissions. We are a small, passionate team looking for senior experience with managing laboratories and product formulations. This role offers significant upward growth.


  • Designing and optimizing product formulations.
  • Developing and improving formulations under performance, process, stability, and manufacturing considerations.
  • Designing experimental protocols.
  • Managing and implementing analytical chemistry techniques and methods (GCMS, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy).
  • Managing and querying data produced from experimentation.


  • MA/PhD or BS with significant industry experience.
  • 6+ years of working in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience with manufacturing equipment and GMP scale-up preferred.
  • Managerial experience is preferred.
  • Work authorization in the United States is required.


  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and troubleshooting abilities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Accountable, responsible, and responsive.
  • Time management and project management skills.
  • An ability to teach yourself and your teammates new skills and techniques.
  • Strong organizational skills required to work in a fast-paced setting.
  • Creative thinking and willingness to generate out-of-the-box ideas.
  • Willing to contribute to an environment of creativity, respect, and support across all roles and levels of a growing company.
  • Proactive and solution-oriented working style.


  • Competitive salary
  • Stock options
  • Relocation stipend
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision)
  • Generous time-off policy
  • 401(k) plan

Discrimination Statement

Alga Biosciences provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws.

About Alga Biosciences

We're a science-driven company working to solve one of the most urgent problems facing humanity.

Alga Biosciences
Team Size:6
Location:Berkeley, CA
Daria Balatsky
Daria Balatsky
Alexander Brown
Alexander Brown
Caroline McKeon
Caroline McKeon