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Research Assistant/Associate, Biochemistry (BS/MS)
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DuPont | Palo Alto, CA
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Job Description

Come join our team in the role of Biochemist!

At DuPont Industrial Biosciences, we striveto deliver modern biotechnology solutions to meet our customer's needs. We work with nature to createtransformational new products, new businesses and even new industries that makethe world better for us all to share. Our business addresses markets such asanimal nutrition, food, detergents, textiles, carpets, personal care andbiofuels.

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic anddynamic individual to join our Biochemistry Team at our Industrial BiosciencesTechnology and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, CA.

You are a curious and self-motivatedindividual with a strong biochemistry or biotechnology background. You willjoin our research and product development interdisciplinary project teams, providingexperimental data to drive decisions. These teams are responsible for discovering,optimizing and scaling-up enzyme technologies across a wide range ofapplications, providing sustainable solutions to change the world.


* Execute enzyme assays, high-throughput screening and characterization of recombinant proteins
* Development of relevant small-scale model systems to predict enzyme performance in customer processes
* Develop biochemical and enzymatic assays to predict enzyme performance in model systems, and implement assays for automation and high-throughput screening
* Execute investigations of enzyme function with real substrates in a multi-disciplinary team environment
* Operate robotic liquid and sample handling devices
* Operate and maintain various spectrophotometric and LC instruments for protein and assay analysis
* Summarize experiments, manage and analyze data and prepare reports
* Maintain and improve efficient daily work-place operations
* The successful candidate will regularly interact with project scientists to advance projects goals
* May organize and supervise work for assigned projects and other team members, and coordinate experiments with other DuPont research locations
* B.S./M.S. in (Bio)chemistry, (Bio)chemical engineering, Microbiology, Biotechnology or a related field with at least 2-5 years of practical lab experience in an academic, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology setting
* The successful candidate must be motivated and creative with strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
* Solid understanding of biochemical assays for enzymatic activity, experience with protein expression and laboratory reagent preparation.
* Familiarity with routine chemical/enzymatic analysis and assays with good reproducibility is required
* Good record-keeping and organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail
* Excellent written and oral communication abilities are required, along with the desire to work both independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team
* Experience in protein mutagenesis and enzyme activity engineering is desirable
* Familiarity with software tools (or advanced Excel skills) used in one or more of the following contexts is highly desirable: enzyme kinetics studies; statistical analysis of biochemical screening data; advanced data visualization (e.g. Spotfire, Tableau); design-of-experiment (DOE) approaches (e.g. JMP)
* Ability to code in a scripting language (e.g. Python, R, Java), or data processing pipelines (e.g. KNIME, Accelrys Pipeline Pilot), familiarity with high-throughput screening software (e.g. Accelrys Assay Explorer, Genedata Screener, IDBS ActivityBase) are desirable
* Experience with liquid handling devices (e.g. Beckman Biomek, Tecan Freedom Evo, Hamilton Microlab) is a plus

DuPontis an equal opportunity employer and an E-Verify employer

About DuPont

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) operates and manufactures a range of products for distribution and sale to many different markets, including the transportation, safety and protection, construction, motor vehicle, agriculture, home furnishings, medical, electronics, communications, protective apparel, and the nutrition and health markets. The company is aligned into five market and technology-focused growth platforms consisting of Agriculture & Nutrition; Coatings & Color Technologies; Electronic & Communication Technologies; Performance Materials; and Safety & Protection. In addition to the five growth platforms, the company's reportable segments include Pharmaceuticals. The company includes developmental businesses, such as bio-based materials and nonaligned businesses in Other.