Research Associate, Product Development and Quality


Evolve BioSystems, Inc. – Davis, CA

The Research Associate will support the development and quality of Evolve’s growing portfolio of proprietary microbiome products. This person will leverage their skills in microbiology, chemistry, food science, or related areas to influence both current and future work streams within the company. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment at an early stage company.  The position is based in Davis, CA and reports to the Quality Manager.

Essential Duties:

  • Collaborate with the Research and Development team to improve existing products and to characterize and develop new products to expand the company’s portfolio

  • Execute in-house quality testing, including product evaluations and shelf-life testing

  • Support of analytical chemistry activities including maintenance of HPAE-PAD and the preparation of samples and analytical standards

  • Assist with writing standard operating procedures (SOPs), protocols and quality documentation

  • Prepare reports and careful documentation of findings to support research and influence commercial strategies


  • Passion for Evolve’s mission

  • Ability to manage projects independently from start to finish and meet deadlines

  • Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast paced, and dynamic environment

  • Comfortable interacting with all levels of management, including senior leadership and commercial teams

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills


  • Minimum BSc degree with 3 years experience in a related field

  • Hands-on experience with microbiology required

  • Hands-on experience with molecular biology methods a plus

  • Product development experience in a food or probiotic company a plus

About Evolve:

Evolve BioSystems, Inc. is a privately-held microbiome company dedicated to developing the next generation of products to establish, restore, and maintain a healthy human gut microbiome. Evolve is a spin-out from the Foods for Health Institute (FFHI) at the University of California at Davis and builds on more than a decade of research into understanding the unique partnership of the infant gut microbiome and breast milk components. Having led to the discovery and development of products to resolve infant gut dysbiosis, Evolve’s discovery platform is now being applied to solving gut dysbiosis throughout the human life cycle as well as in various animal species.

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