Kingdom Supercultures

New foods with microbes

Research Associate - Biology at Kingdom Supercultures

Location
Brooklyn
Job Type
Full-time
Experience
Any (new grads ok)
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Kendall Dabaghi
Kendall Dabaghi
Founder

About the role

OVERVIEW

Kingdom Supercultures is transforming natural microbial cultures into a new class of technology for consumer product manufacturers.  We’re building a state-of-the-art platform to aggregate, characterize, and assemble natural microbes into new combinations (“Supercultures”), which are used by our customers to make plant-based cheeses with authentic dairy tastes, lower-alcohol wines with full flavor, personal care products with natural functional ingredients, and much more. Along the way, we’re developing new field of microbial community design, driven by a diverse team of world-class scientists.

We’re in active R&D projects with some of the largest manufacturers in the food, beverage, and personal care industries.  Our natural cultures are replacing artificial ingredients, improving sustainability and nutrition, and unlocking entirely new value propositions. We’re backed by top venture capital investors, including Y-Combinator, Shine Capital, and Sequoia, and have raised over $30M in Seed and Series A funding.

We’re looking for a Research Associate – Biology to join our founding scientific team of chemists, bioengineers, biologists, and computational scientists. This individual will drive Kingdom’s molecular biology capacities across food and consumer packaged goods by developing and conducting innovative analysis approaches for various biological matrices that inform key consumer benefits.

Responsibilities

This is a full time, in-person role at our state-of-the-art headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.  In this role, you will:

  • Work with teams across distinct scientific domains (chemistry, biology, etc.) to provide
    experimental assistance and advance product development projects in parallel

  • Independently design and execute molecular biology experiments (e.g., DNA extraction, mRNA extraction, PCR, in vitro enzymatic assays, microbial fermentation, mammalian cell culture)

  • Function autonomously within a supportive environment and clearly communicate experimental progress and results with managers and coworkers in a timely manner

  • Document and record experiments clearly in electronic tools and databases 

  • Identify analytical capability gaps and work collaboratively with the team to close these gaps

Competencies

  • Domain knowledge of molecular biology or related fields (e.g., microbiology, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and troubleshooting experiments
  • Ability to troubleshoot and maintain instrumentation independently with proper instruction
  • Experience with high throughput screening workflows is a plus
  • Ability to work productively in a fast-paced collaborative environment and ability to organize multiple experiments accordingly.

Values

  • Ownership
  • Bias for action
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Transparent communication
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Service

Qualifications

  • BS or MS in  biology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology or related field 
  • >2 years of post-degree relevant experience using molecular biology techniques

Feel free to apply through WaaS or through our website!

Why you should join Kingdom Supercultures

Kingdom Supercultures makes it easy for food manufacturers to create exciting new products. We design new microbial cultures ("Supercultures") that power the production of entirely new kinds of foods that don't exist today.

Many of the most popular foods we eat are made by microbial cultures - chocolate, cheese, kombucha, beer, yogurt, and more. Our team is building an expansive scientific platform that will transform the process of new food invention from the hundreds of years it took our ancestors for each new food into a repeatable engineering endeavor that we can accomplish in the span of months. Our ultimate goal is to harness the power of biology to make our food system more natural, healthy, and sustainable.