High-Throughput Screening Intern (Paid)


Alameda, CA

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About us

At Shiru we believe that food should be delicious and nourishing without negatively affecting our planet. Acknowledging our growing global population as well as the imminent effects of climate change, Shiru’s mission is to create better protein ingredients that will catapult us into a sustainable food future.

With our mission in mind, Shiru makes high quality, functional food proteins through better leveraging our precious environmental resources. To do this, we employ technologies originally created to solve problems in adjacent industries, including computational biology, machine learning, and industrial fermentation and bioprocessing.

We apply computational intelligence to find the most functional natural food proteins in the world, harnessing the inherent ability of microflora to produce them. We then partner with food and beverage companies to incorporate these unique protein ingredients into everyday products. Shiru is now expanding our team of dedicated professionals across multiple disciplines to make enhanced protein ingredients for a better world.

About the role

This opportunity is within the Discovery division of Shiru, applying laboratory methods to enhance high-throughput screening of novel proteins for use in sustainable food production. Strong candidates will be familiar with protein characterization techniques and comfortable with the development and application of automated methods of liquid transfers, primarily working in microtiter plate format. Structured data manipulation and analysis will be expected throughout the course of this work, along with communication of results within and across teams.

This is a paid, full-time role based out of our R&D HQ in Alameda, California and will earn $25 an hour for at least 10 weeks over the summer. Start and end dates are flexible.

About you

We’re looking for folks just starting in their career who have tremendous passion, honest grit and deep integrity; and who are going to help us in creating a more sustainable and secure food system. Some of our greatest ideas have come to us from our talented interns, and so we’re looking for folks whose experience and mission-alignment stand out since you’ll have the chance to impact our work from Day One.

You’re encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn’t precisely match the job description. We’re expecting your skills and passion to stand out—and set you apart—especially if your career has taken some extraordinary twists and turns. Please join us in this singular opportunity to create the future of food!


  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s (Junior level or higher) or Master’s degree program in Biology, Chemistry, Bioengineering, or other Biotechnology-related discipline
  • Basic laboratory skills, including: pipetting, solution preparation, and handling of laboratory equipment
  • Knowledge of protein separation techniques, such as SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, and ELISA
  • Familiarity with high-throughput screening techniques, such as microplate readers and automated liquid handling systems
  • Experience with data analysis software, such as Excel, JMP, R, Python or GraphPad Prism

Shiru is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Shiru offers competitive compensation and employee benefits along with an attractive equity package commensurate with candidate qualifications.

Come and change the food game with us

Shiru is on a mission to impact a billion lives. We are changing the traditional food system by creating alternative functional food ingredients that will catapult us into a sustainable food future.


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