Scientist, Biochemistry (Ph.D.)

Description: Tierra Biosciences is a dynamic, 12 person VC-backed startup launching the Sol by Tierra™ protein production platform to change the way that scientists build bioproducts. The platform accelerates the pace of scientific R&D, unlocking new scientific discoveries that build a sustainable future. We are seeking a passionate and innovative scientist to join our team.

The Scientist will develop and onboard a variety of assays to measure protein activity and other characteristics. Further, this person will contribute to the design and production of purified proteins that supply internal production and research. The perfect candidate is someone who possesses a desire to perform research in protein biochemistry/assay development in a collaborative environment, with excellent communication and time-management skills. The role will require innovation and flexibility in helping to solve biochemical and analytical research problems. Enthusiasm to work in a fast-paced start-up environment is required!


  • Conduct assay development for external client partners
  • Provide expertise in protein design and purification needs
  • Work collaboratively on assay development for internal R & D projects
  • Function within a team context but be comfortable with independent research


  • Ph.D. or equivalent in Biochemistry, Chemical biology, or a related discipline; MS with 2-5 years of experience will be considered. 
  • Extensive experience with protein biochemistry
  • Extensive experience in onboarding commercial and/or novel analytical assays 
  • Detail-oriented and methodical approach to science with strong documentation and communication skills
  • Experience in developing medium to high throughput assays is a plus

If interested, please apply with a cover letter and CV.

Tierra is an equal opportunity employer. This full-time role is based out of San Leandro, CA. As a primarily wet lab position, the expectation is majority on-site work. Visa sponsorship is not available for the position.