Microbial Genetic Engineer

Balletic Foods is seeking a motivated Microbial Genetic Engineer to join our growing R&D team.

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Location: Davis, California

About Us

Balletic Foods is a California based company working towards a sustainable food system by combining science and technology to create new sources of animal-free protein. If you are passionate about using biotechnology to build sustainable new sources of protein, join our team of scientists and entrepreneurs to change the world’s food system.


– Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills
– Motivated and able to work under tight deadlines
– Highly effective at planning and problem-solving
– Paying great attention to detail, safety, and good laboratory practice
– Taking ownership, prioritize responsibilities, able to multitask


– Genetically engineer microbes using high-throughput combinatorial approach
– Optimization of strains through genomic engineering
– Assay development for high-throughput screening methods
– Work on maximizing strain performance and enabling process scale up
– Work in a dynamic environment with changing and evolving specifications and requirements
– Play a key role in building an exciting and successful start-up company


– Background in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology or a related field, prior industry experience preferred
– Hands-on experience with strain optimization using HTP methods (engineering yeast a plus)
– High proficiency with HTP DNA cloning methods and data interpretation
– Ability to design and build genetic systems and are up-to-date with current techniques (CRISPR/Cas, type IIs, directed evolution, etc)
– Understanding of bio-engineering-based production processes and KPI’s
– Experience with automation and robotics a plus
– Bioinformatics skills a plus
– Ability to effectively prioritize and manage challenging projects/workload

If you are interested in this position, please contact careers@balleticfoods.com