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Research Associate- Analytics

Sweden, Västra Götalands län [SE-14], Gothenburg

Job description


Melt&Marble’s mission is to enable the transition towards a more sustainable food system. We do this by using precision fermentation to develop the best and tastiest fats for plant-based foods. By engineering microbial metabolism, we can brew animal-free fats that mimic the structures and sensory properties of animal fats. The result: tastier foods, for people and the planet.

We are expanding our team and looking to attract enthusiastic & mission-driven people to join us on our journey.

Position summary:

We are looking for a motivated scientist with a solid experience in analytical chemistry to work on analysis of Melt&Marble’s yeast strains for production of lipids and other metabolites. You will be working alongside our strain/process engineering and application development teams, and will be key in helping them understand the results of different engineering efforts.

Our ideal candidate should have a strong track record working with and developing different analytical methods, strong organizational skills, and a passion for using science & technology to solve tough challenges. The candidate should also be comfortable working in the dynamic environment of a start-up company, troubleshooting challenging projects, and meeting tight deadlines.

Occasionally, some activities may require working outside of standard working hours. The position might require travel within Sweden and abroad.


  • Extraction of lipids and other metabolites from different biological samples
  • Analysis of samples for different lipid compounds and other metabolites- including sample preparation, operation of analytical instruments (e.g. GC-MS,/FID, HPLC, etc.), and data analysis/interpretation
  • Establishing standards and protocols for sample analysis, and developing new methods
  • Conducting quality analysis of Melt&Marble's fats & oils
  • Maintaining detailed records of experiments and results in Melt&Marble’s data management system
  • Creating summary reports of data for the strain engineering, bioprocessing, and application development teams

Job requirements

Required qualifications:

  • Degree (Bsc/Msc/PhD) in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or another related field
  • >2 years of technical experience with performing analytics on different samples, preferably in an industrial setting
  • Experience working with GC-MS, GC-FID, and/or LC-MS
  • Experience in analytical method development/optimization
  • Experience in statistical analysis
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Bonus points:

  • Experience with methods for lipid analytics (FAME, lipidomics, etc.)
  • Experience with lipid QC/QA (e.g. PV, AV, etc.)
  • Experience with HPLC
  • Experience with extraction/analysis of lipids from biological samples
  • Basic programming skills (e.g. R, Python)
  • Swedish/EU citizen or permanent resident

We offer:

  • An innovative, interdisciplinary, and fun research environment where you can advance in your career
  • Unique opportunity to participate in innovative projects that solve real world problems
  • Work in the lovely city of Gothenburg- Sweden’s second-largest city. Gothenburg is a seaside city that offers a great combination of city life and beautiful surrounding nature
  • Flexible work hours, competitive remuneration, generous vacation package, benefits

Application procedure:

Applications should contain the following:

  • Cover letter- tell us about what excites you about this space and why you think that you’re a great fit for Melt&Marble (300 words max)
  • CV
  • Publication list (if relevant)
  • References: contact information of 2 current/former supervisors and (optionally) 1 current/former colleague

Application deadline: Rolling. We encourage interested candidates to apply early as applications might be evaluated as they are received.

If you have any questions about the position, feel free to contact us at