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Process Development, Research Associate II

Codexis, Inc.
Redwood City, CA
Start date
Jun 13, 2024

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Engineering, Manufacturing & Production, Process
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Bay

Job Details

53 - Process Chemistry

Employment Type
Full Time

Redwood City, CA

Workplace type

Reporting To
Ryan Reeves


Codexis, a biotechnology company based in Redwood City, CA, is looking to hire a Process Development Research Associate II to join our growing ECO Synthesis™ team!  Codexis is a leading enzyme engineering company leveraging its proprietary CodeEvolver® technology platform to discover, develop and enhance novel, high-performance enzymes and other classes of proteins. Codexis enzymes solve for real-world challenges associated with small molecule pharmaceuticals manufacturing and nucleic acid synthesis. The Company is currently developing its proprietary ECO Synthesis™ platform to enable the scaled manufacture of RNAi therapeutics through an enzymatic route. Codexis enzymes can drive improvements, such as higher yields, reduced energy usage and waste generation, improve efficiency in manufacturing and greater sensitivity in genomic and diagnostic applications.  

To meet the goals we’ve set for ourselves, we look for individuals who are driven, eager to grow and ready to embrace meaningful challenges. We empower employees to be authentic, ambitious, agile and have the courage to take action where they can make a positive impact. 

Come join us on this journey to transform the enzyme engineering landscape for the betterment of human health.

About the Opportunity: The Process Development Research Associate II will join the Process Chemistry group which is part of the R&D department. Successful candidates will be a part of a dynamic and enthusiastic team responsible for development, scale up and tech transfer of the ECO Synthesis™ platform. The individual will be working with a high performing team with day-to-day laboratory workflows and operations to help with design, optimization, and analysis of ECO Synthesis™ technology. The position is an on-site role located at our Redwood City facility full time.  If any of the below describes you, we would love to meet you!
  • Possess a passion for being part of the therapeutic community helping bring cutting edge treatments to patients in need. 
  • Enjoys collaboration across different functional groups to get a holistic understanding of process development along with aligning data with internal stakeholders.
  • Enjoys problem solving by implementing engineering and analytical solutions. 

In this role you will be responsible for:
  • Establishing and executing scientific experimentation plans for ECO Synthesis™ with scientists in the process development team. 
  • Generating Design of Experiments (DoE) models, executing laboratory workflows and compiling data into the design space. 
  • Identifying critical process parameters that can be improved and proposing solution-based applications from data driven analysis.  
  • Presenting data at team and cross functional level on the current PD ongoings. 
  • Providing routine troubleshooting and maintenance of process development instruments including reactors, HPLCs, purification skids and UF/DF manifolds.

The essential requirements of the job include:
  • BS or equivalent in Chemical Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry or relevant scientific field with a minimum of 1 year of relevant industrial/academic experience in a laboratory environment.
  • Ability to learn quickly, prioritize responsibilities, multi-task, think critically, and work both independently and within teams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with documentation, record keeping, writing SOPs and reports. 
Additional experience that would be valuable for this role includes:
  • Hands on experience working with flow reactor systems, purification skids, Unicorn and Chromeleon software.
  • General knowledge of biochemistry and protein expression concepts.
  • Understanding of DoE based applications and generating of design spaces. 

CODEXIS PAY TRANSPARENCY: The anticipated hourly rate range for candidates who will work in Redwood City is $36.00 to $45.65/hour. The final hourly rate offered to a successful candidate will be dependent on several factors that may include but are not limited to the type and length of experience within the job, type and length of experience within the industry, education, etc. Codexis is a multi-state employer, and this hourly rate range may not reflect positions that work in other states​.
What can Codexis offer you?
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance 
  • Basic Life, AD&D, Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • 401k with Company Match up to 4% 
  • Company Equity 
  • Generous Paid Time Off including 18 Company Holidays (with a summer and winter shutdown), Vacation, and Wellness Time 
  • Annual Lifestyle Account for reimbursement of fitness programs, equipment and more 
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program (ESPP) 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Commuter/Parking, Dependent Care & Healthcare)
  • Student Debt Program (Company Contribution to Loans)
  • Mental Health Wellness Program
  • Subsidized onsite lunch program
  • Onsite Gym Facilities
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • And More!

About Codexis Inc

Why join Codexis?

At Codexis we offer a very competitive compensation package and beyond excellent benefits! We foster career growth, continued education and upskilling through our mentorship program and learning and development opportunities. You will learn and work alongside inspirational leaders and colleagues who are equally passionate about our mission and committed to fostering an inclusive, growth-centered, and rewarding culture. Diversity is valued and mutual trust is of paramount importance to the ethos at Codexis. The people, the culture and working with others with a common goal is what makes Codexis a great place to work.

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Codexis is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status.


Codexis is a leading enzyme engineering company leveraging our proprietary CodeEvolver® technology platform to discover and develop novel, high performance enzymes for three healthcare industry pillars: pharmaceutical manufacturing, life sciences, and biotherapeutic discovery & development. The enzymes we produce aim to solve real-world challenges associated with small molecule pharmaceuticals manufacturing, nucleic acid synthesis and genomic sequencing, and - as biotherapeutic candidates - they have the potential to treat challenging diseases. To meet this goal, we look for individuals who are driven, eager to grow and ready to embrace meaningful challenges. We empower employees to be authentic, ambitious, agile and have the courage to take action where they can make a positive impact. Whether you are driven by science, or a different area of expertise, we need you to help us create a brighter future.  


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200 Penobscot Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063

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