Scientist (Life Sciences)

Location: Brooklyn, NY

The Company

We’re creating a new way to modify living things. We’ve developed a breakthrough technology that allows us to rewire organisms’  whole genomes in real time, for any purpose. We plan to use this technology to tackle disease, hunger, and waste.

We’re an early stage company, and joining us now is an opportunity to become part of a small team of people pioneering an entirely new branch of science, technology, and industry, in order to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. A better way to make organisms better™.  

The Role 

Melonfrost is hiring an experienced scientist with a background in microbiology,  biochemistry, bioengineering, or similar field, to head up the life sciences wing of our company. You will be responsible for designing and conducting experiments in our Evolution Reactor™. You will be the first person in the world to use a machine that is unlike anything that has ever been built to conduct experiments that are the first of their kind. You don’t get to write that sentence every day.

More broadly, you will be part of a very small team of people building this company from the ground up, helping guide the future of Melonfrost, and the future of how this revolutionary tech will be used to make the world a better place. We expect you to be agile and adaptable as our company grows and stretches, ready to take on unpredictable challenges and opportunities. One minute you might be mixing Luria Broth, and the next minute planning the company’s ten year strategy. If none of that scares you off, you should apply.

Core responsibilities

    • Working with the CEO and the engineers to advance and improve our technology
    • Designing and conducting experiments on our Evolution Reactor™
    • Researching and developing future applications (therapeutics, alternative proteins, biomaterials, biofuels)
    • Contribute to the design of future iterations of the Evolution Reactor™
    • Managing the lab

Again, this is an early stage start-up that is growing quickly, and we all need to be prepared to wear many hats.

Minimum experience

    • PhD in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering or similar field
    • 2+ years of laboratory experience working with microorganisms

Desired experience

    • 1+ years of postdoc experience
    • Publications in microbiology, biochemistry, or similar
    • Experience running one’s own laboratory
    • Experience working directly with yeast
    • Experience working with bioreactors
    • Experience with spectroscopy
    • Experimental evolution
    • Grant writing

Desired skills

    • Statistics and/or bioinformatics
    • Deep understanding of life cycle and biochemistry of yeast and other microbes
    • Ability to read papers across a wide variety of biological fields
    • Creativity in designing experiments
    • Ingenuity in applying scientific theory to practical applications
    • Mathematical modelling in biology
    • Chemometric modelling

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits package comparable to similar roles in a seed-stage start up.

How to apply

To apply, or for more information, please send your résumé/CV to

Equal Opportunity Employer

We provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment and do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by law, including race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, and veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. We provide equal employment opportunities at all stages in the employment process, including hiring, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, demotion, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. Further, all of our employees have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times.

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