Lab Assistant (part-time)


Alameda, CA

Job Type


About us

At Shiru we believe that food and consumer products can be made 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 ingredients that will catapult us into a sustainable future.

With our mission in mind, Shiru makes high quality, functional proteins and other ingredients by better leveraging our precious environmental resources. We employ technologies originally created to solve problems in adjacent industries, including computational biology, machine learning, and industrial fermentation and bioprocessing.

We use computational intelligence to find the most functional natural proteins in the world, harnessing the inherent ability of microflora to produce them. We then partner with manufacturing 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 ingredients for a better world.

About the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and detail-oriented laboratory assistant to join our team. As a laboratory assistant, you will report to David Melis, our Director of Fermentation and you will work closely with our scientists to execute the operations critical to protein research and production. As a member of an early stage start-up, you will have the opportunity to hone your laboratory skills, and contribute to our collective mission in a collaborative environment.

This is a part time position (20 hours/week) that will probably look like one (1) of the following schedules:

  • Weekday Mornings: Work 4 hours per day Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Weekday Afternoons: Work 4 hours per day Monday through Friday, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Flexible Schedule: Work 4 hours on Wednesday, and 8 hours Thursday and Friday

Please note that the above options are suggestions and may vary depending on your personal preferences. We are happy to discuss options that fit your personal schedule.


  • Prepare biological media, stock solutions, and buffers according to standard operating procedures
  • Comfortable performing basic calculations
  • Perform routine laboratory housekeeping operations, including autoclave sterilization and cleaning of lab glassware
  • Operate and maintain common lab equipment, including autoclave, lab glass wash
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment; participate in laboratory organization and housekeeping
  • Organize and maintain inventories of reagents and consumables (including purchasing) to ensure smooth and consistent laboratory operations
  • Maintain accurate and organized electronic records relating to instrument maintenance history, hazardous waste management, and laboratory safety

About you

You are detail-oriented and you know how to manage your time. You find yourself “in the flow” when you are working with your hands and at the bench. Your attention to detail helps you spot problems, ask questions, and work with others to identify solutions. You are a self starter with strong organization skills who can work independently and in a highly collaborative environment. You have a positive attitude, a growth mindset, and a passion for science, food, and sustainability.


To be qualified, you are more than likely pursuing a master’s degree in food science or a related technical field with at least a year of development experience and a strong curiosity to build and understand the food of the future.

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.

Impact decarbonization with us

Shiru is on a mission to impact a billion lives. We are creating alternative functional ingredients that will catapult us into a sustainable future.


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