Research Associate (197272W-01)

Palo Alto, CA
Aug 17, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Research Associate
Palo Alto, CA


Job Description

Together, We Can Solve the World’s Greatest Challenges The solution to many of the most fundamental challenges facing the world today can be found in science. But providing for the food, energy and safety needs of a growing population will require more than science alone. It will require many people working together to devise solutions that improve the lives of people everywhere. DuPont has a rich history of scientific discovery that has enabled countless innovations and today, we’re looking for more people, in more places, to collaborate with us to make life the best it can be.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences comprises an unmatched portfolio of capabilities in industrial biotechnology and biobased solutions. The unique combination of agricultural, biotechnology, chemical and material science capabilities allows DuPont Industrial Biosciences to deliver cost-effective products with superior performance and sustainability aspects to a range of industries. DuPont Industrial Biosciences has a unique combination of strengths in enzyme technology, materials science, and bioprocessing.  It’s what powers the innovations to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

We are looking for a highly motivated research associate to join the Molecular Microbiology group of Industrial Biosciences. The successful applicant will have hands on experience in molecular biology techniques such as construct design, gene cloning and transformation of bacterial or fungal cells.  Experience and/or demonstrated interest in robotics and high-throughput techniques is a plus.

DuPont offers an excellent benefits package that begins on your first day of employment. This includes a generous 401k match, health and dental insurance, 15 days of vacation, a variable bonus plan, and much more!



Daily duties include performing experiments employing molecular biology techniques for projects aimed at expressing and commercializing proteins and small molecules to satisfy a variety of consumer product needs. The successful candidate will be involved in all the steps required for microbial strain construction and testing including DNA design and manipulation,  transformation, sequence verification, small scale testing (SDS-PAGE, enzyme assays, transcriptional profiling, etc.), data analysis, interpretation, reporting and follow up discussions. 


Job Qualifications

The following are required:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a biological science, biological engineering or closely related subject
  • 0-3 years of academic or industrial experience in molecular biology
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Motivation to learn new techniques
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work in global, multidisciplinary teams
  • Creativity; strong problem solving and critical thinking skills