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Quality Control Associate



Quality Assurance
San Leandro, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

About ZymoChem

ZymoChem is breakthrough science for a fossil-free future. We accelerate the transition to a real-zero economy by developing bio-based materials for everyday products. Our platform is powered by proprietary carbon conserving (C2) microbes that convert renewable feedstocks into high-value materials while radically minimizing CO2 loss during the production phase.

ZymoChem recently closed a $21 million Series A round of fundraising to support the launch of our first high-performance material and to advance our first partnered product to commercial scale. In addition to this funding from premier domestic & international venture capital firms, we are also supported by existing revenues from commercial partnerships with world-leading companies and funding from multiple government awards, including a 2023 $4MM grant from the Department of Energy.

With a plan to double our team in 2024-25, we seek candidates who are motivated by science & innovation and have a passion to push the boundaries of materials performance. We are collaborative, multidisciplinary, and relentlessly committed to creating a chemicals, materials, and products industry in tune with the 21st century.

Our Mission: To catalyze a real-zero economy with drop-in, bio-based solutions.

Our Vision: To live in a world in which the goods we depend on every day are bio-manufactured from 100% renewable materials and designed for a sustainable economy - without compromise.

Our Values: Lead with Compassion, Aspire Collectively, Evolve Continuously, Innovate with Impact, Scale Sustainably

Position Summary

The Quality Control Associate position is responsible for routine operational testing including but not limited to materials and finished products to ensure conformance to all applicable specifications, company and industry standards. This position includes analyzing and recording testing results; troubleshooting instrument problems and initiating corrective action when necessary; recommending changes to QC documents and procedures; maintaining and servicing QC equipment; preparing chemical standard samples for testing; and maintaining an organized and safe QC lab. The role offers great opportunities for those interested in a quality control background to gain research and development, operational and laboratory experience.


  • Perform testing and data collection for commercially scalable R&D pilot processes for the production of our first-of-its-kind bioproduct.
  • Record all testing data & results in both written and digital form in the laboratory database for record keeping.
  • Collating test data and drafting quality reports and identifying possible areas for improvement in quality control processes as needed.
  • Ensure and optimize the test process, new method development and validation to enhance the quality testing & productivity for both incoming raw materials and final product.
  • Inspecting goods or products according to quality and safety standards and ensuring goods and products comply with company standards as well as Federal and State law.
  • Report results, review data and advise supervisor of materials not meeting specifications including assisting in troubleshooting quality issues.
  • Perform routine calibrations and troubleshooting on instruments and document the calibration.
  • Creation of Certificates of Analysis for product release along with support team for sample shipment to customer(s), third-party testing labs or vendors
  • Maintain GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) contributing to laboratory maintenance and operational systems including equipment troubleshooting and repair.
  • Maintain inventory control of retains, supplies and chemicals as necessary to support QC/R&D systems.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in written reports. Contribute to the revision of laboratory procedures as necessary for the quality department's operations.
  • Draft, review, and execute written protocols for QC analytical procedures, qualification, validation, and technology transfer.
  • Support in set-up, plan, research, perform and complete lab projects as required
  • Work cross functionally with other departments to support business operational needs.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


  • AA degree or Bachelor's degree in Materials Sciences, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Engineering, or life sciences with equivalent work experience required.
  • Minimum of 1+ year of industrial/startup experience working directly with quality control.
  • Previous experience performing test and data collection for commercially scalable R&D products is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory and analytical procedures
  • Ability to operate equipment including basic maintenance and calibration.
  • Knowledge of cGMP regulations and FDA/ EU guidance related to manufacturing,
  • Strong aptitude for hands-on work with equipment along with a rigorous attention to details with procedures, instrumentation, data management, and recordkeeping
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office, Google Suite, and familiarity with Zoom and Slack preferred.
  • Capability and willingness to work extended days, off-peak hours, and weekends
  • Excellent time management skills, effective with multitasking, and an adept ability to improvise work plans while maintaining efficiency.
  • Ability to follow safety protocols and procedures.
  • Must be able to move up to 25 pounds and move around the lab facility between multiple locations for extended periods.

Culture and Benefits

ZymoChem offers full-time employees a competitive base salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and a company culture that’s collaborative, multidisciplinary, and committed to a big vision for positively impacting the world. We seek candidates who are motivated by our mission and are equally passionate toward pushing the boundaries to build a sustainable future. Located in the vibrant East Bay area of San Francisco, our headquarters are housed at Gate 510, a state-of-the-facility with many in-house and nearby amenities.

Full-time opportunities at ZymoChem come with:

  • Competitive salary range of $68,000 to $89,000 depending on experience.
  • Comprehensive benefits package includes company stock options, 401(k) retirement plan (includes a corporate match), medical, dental, and vision healthcare coverage, and life and long-term disability insurance.
  • Additional benefits include FSA, commuter, and supplemental life insurance.
  • Flexible time off policy with 18 days Paid Time Off (PTO) per year and 10 paid company holidays per year.
  • Relocation assistance may be agreed upon as well.

If this opportunity sounds exciting and aligns with your career aspirations, we want to hear from you! Please send your resume/CV and a cover letter through our website job posting.

Legal authorization to work in the United States is required. ZymoChem may agree to sponsor an individual for an employment visa immediately or in the future if there is a shortage of individuals with particular skills for this job. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.