ZBiotics is a consumer health startup pioneering the category of genetically engineered probiotics. Our team of PhD scientists takes traditional probiotics and enhances them – giving them powerful new functionalities that improve human health and enrich daily life. We incorporate these new probiotics into our own branded products and sell them direct-to-consumer (DTC).
Our first product – the world’s first ever genetically engineered probiotic to go to market – helps people feel better the day after drinking alcohol by breaking down acetaldehyde, one of alcohol’s toxic byproducts. We launched this product in August 2019, and since then we’ve closed a Seed Round of funding and successfully developed product #2, which will launch within a year. We’re backed by Y Combinator (W18) and several angel and venture capital investors, including Oyster Ventures and Khosla Ventures.
ZBiotics is seeking a motivated scientist to expand and lead verticals within Research and Development. This team member will be the first hire devoted to product and formulation and will be charged with building improved formulations, developing assays for efficacy, managing pasteurization process design, optimizing ingredient quality for existing and upcoming products, and managing a robust external testing pipeline. Work is intended to be split between the office and the lab and will require part-time wet-lab benchwork.
The role will report directly to the VP of R&D and will work closely with the Director of Supply Chain and the CEO (PhD scientist, Head of Product). This role is required to be onsite at our San Francisco laboratory location. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, we may consider contract-to-hire preferable to immediate employment.
Producing the world’s first consumer GMO microbes is opening up opportunities for novel probiotic products and the chance to innovate in food production processes. Help ZBiotics create new probiotic food technologies through an essential growth role.
This role requires a scientist generalist that combines operational and analytical excellence with an understanding of consumer product design and regulation. Previous experience with managing quality compliance in a food production chain is a plus. Scientific background in Bacillus endospore microbiology is a plus. Experience with microbiology wet-lab and scientific method is essential.
The ideal candidate will be highly systematic and come with a firm executional understanding and passion for using scientific principles to deliver outcomes in a real product. They will be excited about conducting lab experiments at the bench as well as working with outsourced expertise. They will have an interest in current affairs related to future food production and a desire to be an expert in regulatory and de facto requirements in the field. They will communicate well with a wide range of personalities in 3rd party contractors, developing close relationships and ensuring exceptional work.
Above all, they will be smart, motivated, and willing to learn. They will be thrilled by the detailed work required to produce dependable, high-quality designer food products and the opportunity to literally define quality control and analysis in the new category of genetically engineered probiotics. They will also have the opportunity to hire and manage a scientific and applied team over time.
We’re a team of deep thinkers who care about the future of the world and the role of science in that future. Our mission at ZBiotics is to help people live healthier, richer lives using science, while at the same time pioneering a new vision for genetic engineering as transparent, responsible, and consumer-first.
While this passion drives our work, we never forget that work is just one aspect of our lives. That’s why we prioritize building a healthy and inclusive culture where people thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work every day.
We provide attractive benefits, salary, and equity compensation, along with a flexible schedule and vacation policy.
Interested candidates please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org