Research Associate 

Cultured Decadence is creating novel methods to make crustacean products using cell culture and tissue engineering techniques. In support of this work, we are seeking a research associate who is highly motivated, embraces novel ideas, and will employ innovative thinking to advance the research and development of cell-cultured meat. 


You will be a pioneer in an emerging industry and contribute to creating solutions to address the growing demand for sustainable seafood products, reduce the environmental impact of current production methods, and increase access to seafood for consumers around the world.

A competitive candidate will be someone who takes initiative, thrives in dynamic environments, and has a background in cell culture, media development, and working with primary cells. 


Key Responsibilities 

  • Isolation and maintenance of new cultures isolated from animal sources

  • Cell culture techniques including thawing, subculturing, cell banking, and assay development

  • Crustacean cell culture media development

  • Routine lab maintenance activities including making reagents, preparing biomaterials, and organization of the lab

  • Writing, reviewing and supporting continuous improvement of Standard Operating Procedures and helping to develop a Quality Management System

  • Adhering to and enforcing good lab practices by following lab guidelines


Required Skills and Background

  • BS/MS in relevant field with 3+ experience animal cell culture experience

  • Excellent aseptic technique for cell culture

  • Ability to read and interpret scientific literature

  • Ability to independently troubleshoot molecular biology and cell culture protocols

  • Detail-oriented, with excellent data collection and recording for experimental design and results 

  • Flexibility to work weekends or late shifts to support cell culture as needed

  • Mission-driven, self-directed with a strong work ethic

  • Demonstrable ability to adhere to ambitious timelines

  • Flexibility and willingness to expand skill set and responsibilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, organization, and time-management skills 


Preferred Additional Skills

  • Crustacean, marine, or invertebrate cell culture experience

  • Experience working with multiple cell types in multiple culturing formats

  • Experience isolating DNA, RNA, PCR genotyping, and PCR sequencing analysis a plus

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary, healthcare, retirement plan, and stock ownership plan

  • Opportunity to join an experienced cell-cultured meat startup team 

  • Collaborative work environment 


Cultured Decadence is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, veteran status, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.