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Scientist I - Analytical Development

Codexis, Inc.
Redwood City, CA
Start date
May 25, 2024

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64 - QC & Analytical Development

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Full Time

Redwood City, CA

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Codexis, a biotechnology company based in Redwood City, CA, is looking to hire a Scientist I.
 Codexis is a leading enzyme engineering company leveraging its proprietary CodeEvolver® technology platform to discover, develop and enhance novel, high-performance enzymes and other classes of proteins. Codexis enzymes solve for real-world challenges associated with small molecule pharmaceuticals manufacturing and nucleic acid synthesis. The Company is currently developing its proprietary ECO Synthesis™ platform to enable the scaled manufacture of RNAi therapeutics through an enzymatic route. Codexis enzymes can drive improvements, such as higher yields, reduced energy usage and waste generation, improve efficiency in manufacturing and greater sensitivity in genomic and diagnostic applications.  

To meet the goals we’ve set for ourselves, we look for individuals who are driven, eager to grow and ready to embrace meaningful challenges. We empower employees to be authentic, ambitious, agile and have the courage to take action where they can make a positive impact. 

Come join us on this journey to transform the enzyme engineering landscape for the betterment of human health.

About the Opportunity: The Scientist I is part of analytical development and will be involved in method development for pharmaceutical biocatalysts and life science enzymes. The Scientist I will also work closely with the Quality Control team and participate in method validation. This role will also contribute to analytical studies to support product development for life science enzymes and will be based in Redwood City, CA. If any of the below describes you, we would love to meet you!
  • Strong Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Ability to utilize effective time management and organizational skills.

In this role you will be responsible for:
  • Design and carry out method development
  • Design and execute physicochemical characterization on proteins and analytical studies to support product development
  • Analyze experiment data and report scientific results
  • Prepare test methods, protocols, summary reports and technical documentation
  • Participate to assay transfer, qualification and validation as per ICH guidelines
  • Work with other project team members and communicate results with the team

The essential requirements of the job include:
  • PhD degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology or related discipline with 0-2 years’ experience in analytical development
  • Experience with protein characterization and enzyme-based assay
  • Experience with independent design and execution of analytical development projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Additional experience that would be valuable for this role includes:
  • Experience with analytical technique, software and instrumentation, such as HPLC, UV, SDS-PAGE, ELISA.
  • Experience with the GMP practices in a regulated environment.

CODEXIS PAY TRANSPARENCY: The anticipated salary range for candidates who will work in Redwood City is $122,500 to $135,000. The final salary offered to a successful candidate will be dependent on several factors that may include but are not limited to the type and length of experience within the job, type and length of experience within the industry, education, etc. Codexis is a multi-state employer, and this salary range may not reflect positions that work in other states​.
What can Codexis offer you?
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance 
  • Basic Life, AD&D, Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • 401k with Company Match up to 4% 
  • Company Equity 
  • Generous Paid Time Off including 18 Company Holidays (with a summer and winter shutdown), Vacation, and Wellness Time 
  • Annual Lifestyle Account for reimbursement of fitness programs, equipment and more 
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program (ESPP) 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Commuter/Parking, Dependent Care & Healthcare)
  • Student Debt Program (Company Contribution to Loans)
  • Mental Health Wellness Program
  • Subsidized onsite lunch program
  • Onsite Gym Facilities
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • And More!

About Codexis Inc

Why join Codexis?

At Codexis we offer a very competitive compensation package and beyond excellent benefits! We foster career growth, continued education and upskilling through our mentorship program and learning and development opportunities. You will learn and work alongside inspirational leaders and colleagues who are equally passionate about our mission and committed to fostering an inclusive, growth-centered, and rewarding culture. Diversity is valued and mutual trust is of paramount importance to the ethos at Codexis. The people, the culture and working with others with a common goal is what makes Codexis a great place to work.

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Codexis is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status.


Codexis is a leading enzyme engineering company leveraging our proprietary CodeEvolver® technology platform to discover and develop novel, high performance enzymes for three healthcare industry pillars: pharmaceutical manufacturing, life sciences, and biotherapeutic discovery & development. The enzymes we produce aim to solve real-world challenges associated with small molecule pharmaceuticals manufacturing, nucleic acid synthesis and genomic sequencing, and - as biotherapeutic candidates - they have the potential to treat challenging diseases. To meet this goal, we look for individuals who are driven, eager to grow and ready to embrace meaningful challenges. We empower employees to be authentic, ambitious, agile and have the courage to take action where they can make a positive impact. Whether you are driven by science, or a different area of expertise, we need you to help us create a brighter future.  


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200 Penobscot Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063

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