Scientist I - Chemistry

Department: R&D - Nucleic Acid (DNA/RNA)
Location: Irvine, CA

Job Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our research team. The candidate will work in close collaboration with leadership, as well as with Zymo upper management to develop (from concept to commercialization) new technologies to deploy in the research fields. The candidate will also be involved in the management of Research Associates and Interns.

The ideal candidate for this position is able to conceptualize, design, and execute scientific projects, is highly motivated and proactive, and can work independently, as well as in a team. The ideal candidate is also able to work in a multidisciplinary team, contribute to discussions and meetings with original ideas, and to communicate effectively with the rest of the team and the upper management. The ideal candidate has deep scientific knowledge (especially in the field of molecular biology and organic chemistry), excellent technical and communicational skills, and managerial experience.

As a Scientist at Zymo Research you will have the opportunity to work with talented multidisciplinary teams of scientists and researchers to develop technologies that will affect and shape the biomedical industry. You will be deeply involved in the innovation, development, and commercialization of technologies for research and clinical/diagnostics applications. As a Scientist, you will continuously be encouraged to explore new ideas to innovate this highly competitive field. Zymo Research offers tremendous room for professional growth for highly motivated, skilled, and enthusiastic individuals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform chemical synthesis for early research projects and for the development phase of chemical processes.
  • Lead the execution of major research initiatives and independently assess and conceptualize R&D projects.
  • Ensure overall feasibility and rationalization of proposed projects.
  • Conduct complex, high-level scientific research activities.
  • Optimize experimental procedures and update current SOPs.
  • Develop and write project protocols and methodology for developed research components.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of the literature and emerging trends in the discipline.
  • Read scientific literature pertaining to projects and apply relevant findings to research projects.
  • Contribute original ideas and initiatives to discussions and meetings.
  • Contribute and edit scientific content for newsletters, marketing efforts, and other related material.
  • Plan, assign, and oversee the work of Research Associates and Interns.
  • Provide guidance to junior team members in project execution.

 Education and Experience:

  • Robust scientific background, especially in molecular biology and organic chemistry.
  • D. degree in Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, or a related field is required.
  • A minimum of two first-author scientific publications and at least two additional authored publications.
  • Proficient in well-developed written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, demonstrating the ability to establish highly functional relationships with diverse personalities both within and outside the company. Emphasis on an open, customer-focused communication style.
  • Prior industrial experience is not necessary but will be considered favorably.
  • A proven track record of designing, executing, analyzing, and trouble laboratory experiments.

About Us:

Since its inception in 1994, Zymo Research has been proudly serving the scientific community by providing innovative, reliable, and high-quality research tools and products. Whether it's DNA, RNA, epigenetics, microbiomics, protein, or yeast-based research, our philosophy remains the same: To provide the highest quality products in the industry while ensuring they are both simple to use and reliable in their performance.

Recognized as a Top Workplace by the Orange County Register in 2021, 2022, and named a Top Workplace USA in 2023, Zymo Research continues to be a vibrant community where employees thrive, feel connected, and are inspired by their work. If you are passionate about contributing to scientific advancement and want to be part of an exceptional team in a dynamic, growing company, we'd love to hear from you!


The estimated base compensation range for this position is $80,000 to $90,000 per year at the time of posting. Actual compensation details will be provided in writing at the time of offer, if applicable, and is based on several factors we believe fairly and accurately impact compensation, including geographic location, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other job permitted factors.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:

Zymo Research welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. These include sex, age, color, race, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical & mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other protected status as defined by federal, state, or local law.


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