Research Assistant/Associate - Cell Culture & Bioprocessing

BlueNalu is a San Diego-based startup in the alternative protein space. The company is pioneering the process for producing seafood products derived directly from cells. We are using cutting-edge cell culture technologies and advanced bioprocessing methods.

At BlueNalu, you will change the way healthy seafood is produced. It will be sustainable and environmentally friendly. Candidates should be highly motivated, and must be familiar with cell culture methods and growth media development.  The successful candidates will join a small team, where everybody’s contribution is equally important.

Qualifications & experience

  • MS or BS in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering or equivalent

  • 1-5 years of relevant work experience, industry experience preferred

Required skills

  • Hands-on experience preparing cell culture media

  • Knowledge of bioreactor setup and maintenance

  • Familiarity with scale-up of suspension cell cultures

  • Demonstrated expertise in handling primary cells, cell line development and growth media optimization

  • Adequate computer skills for data acquisition, data management, andreporting

  • Works effectively and communicates well in a team environment

  • Ability to multitask and document activities with detail

  • Sense of humor

Desired skills

  • Hands on experience with bioreactor setup and monitoring

  • Experience with culture of primary cells from fish and other non-mammalian species

  • Experience with bioprocessing methods

  • Experience with skeletal muscle cells (satellite cells, myoblasts, etc.)

  • Experience with QC and cryopreservation of cell banks

  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques, including immunocytochemistry


  • Run and maintain bioreactors

  • Isolate & expand primary cells from fish

  • Generate & maintain multiple cell lines and banks

  • Screen growth media compositions to optimize culture conditions

  • Perform other common lab duties as assigned

If you are not a local applicant, please consider that we cannot provide relocation assistance or reimbursement for relocation costs.

All applicants must be authorized to work in the US, and willing and able to work a flexible work schedule to meet production demands that may include early mornings, late evenings, and some weekends.

BlueNalu will offer compensation packages and stock options that are commensurate with the candidate’s experience and potential. Applicants please apply to