Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Research Associate, Protein Screening

Nobell Foods

Nobell Foods

South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2024

Nobell Foods is creating cheese and other dairy products from plant-derived dairy proteins for the 99% of people who are unwilling to compromise on taste and price. Nobell is made up of a team of passionate scientists, explorers, and storytellers on a mission to radically change the way we make food, so it’s better for you, the animals, and the planet. We are backed by Bill Gates’ client fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Robert Downey Jr. If you believe in our mission and are excited about our work, we would love to hear from you!

About the Role:

You will play a key role in supporting our protein screening team by preparing samples, performing routine and ad hoc experiments, and creating relevant documentation.


  • Enable faster data generation by supporting our protein screening team’s efforts
  • Provide high-quality, accurate and dependable results
  • Improve the quality and consistency of routine biochemical analysis and sample preparation
  • Contribute towards generating key data that will drive our R&D strategy


  • Extract proteins from plants and other types of samples and perform protein quantitation assays (Bradford, Pierce 660, UV 280nm)
  • Perform protein gel electrophoresis and Immunoblotting (SDS-PAGE, IEF-PAGE, Native-PAGE, western blot, dot blot).
  • Perform ELISA and other high-throughput analysis assays
  • Support the development of protein identification assays
  • Work within a team to make reagents, buffers, stock solutions, clean glassware, and maintain consumable inventories.
  • Anticipate experimental needs and understand an individual experiment in the context of the entire company’s goals
  • Provide a scientific and a practical experimental perspective to assay development
  • Analyze and organize data in a useful manner to communicate with various stakeholders
  • Document results in daily written reports and in the company database
  • Position is full time and onsite (South San Francisco) at the bench

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 2+ years relevant experience in an industry research lab as a full-time research assistant, research associate, or a similar role.
  • Bachelors in life sciences or similar discipline (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, etc.).
  • Fundamental and applied knowledge of Biochemistry techniques
  • Experience developing, optimizing and trouble-shooting protein assays
  • Ability to exercise critical thinking skills to complete experiments
  • Proficient in the use of multichannel pipettes
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, Google Suite services or other data manipulation software
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced, high volume laboratory environment
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding multitasking ability
  • Resourceful, eager to learn, and team-oriented, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently in a timely manner
  • Able to work onsite between the hours of 8-5pm at the South San Francisco location. Punctuality and timeliness is essential for this role.
  • Local candidates preferred


The pay range is currently between $70,000 to $90,000 in annual gross compensation. Within the range, individual pay is determined by many factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.

Nobell Foods offers competitive compensation, generous healthcare, dental and vision plans, 401(k) and commuter benefits.