Associate Research Scientist Chemistry


Marrone Bio Innovations is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ symbol “MBII”) in Davis, California, that discovers, develops, manufactures and markets effective and environmentally responsible bio-based products for pest management and plant health.

MBI is currently seeking to hire an Associate Research Scientist to join our Chemistry Team. He/she will be part of our team responsible for the development of process for the isolation, purification and identification of the targeted compounds from various microbial and plant sources. He/she will assist in the design of experiment(s), and other research studies according to specific project goals and research objectives.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Participate in the development of processes for the isolation, separation and purification of targeted compounds from various microbial and plant sources.
  • Develop, optimize and validate analytical methods to analyze and characterize samples using HPLC, LCMS, and GCMS in addition to routine laboratory equipment (e.g., balances, pipettes, centrifuges, etc.).
  • Develop and optimize methods for semi-quantitative and quantitative analysis for metabolomics and lipidomic analysis using GCMS and LC-MS/MS.
  • Design and independently perform tasks and provide accurate and timely results.
    • Understand a variety of instructions delivered in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
    • Effectively plan work schedule and able to utilize resources for timely completion of assigned projects.
    • Extract, perform pre-fractionation of extracts and prepare samples for various bioassays.
    • Conduct experiments to isolate and identify active fractions.
    • Document and maintain legible, accurate, and complete laboratory records.
    • Assist in writing reports and protocols, including SOPs and methods.
    • Effectively organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments.
  • Maintain an accurate and up to date, witnessed written account of experimental protocols and results.
  • Familiar with the use of standard laboratory equipment and working knowledge of analytical instruments, including HPLC, GCMS, LCMS are a must.
  • Train, mentor, and assist junior staff.
  • Maintain a clean and safe laboratory work environment.
  • Perform effectively in a multitasking and fast-paced work environment.
  • Promote a cohesive team environment.
  • Work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • The successful candidate should have a M. S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Analytical Chemistry with preferably 1-3 years of work experience with a basic understanding of Natural Products Chemistry.
  • Hands-on experience with relevant separation methods, including centrifugation, liquid-liquid and solid-liquid extractions, fractionation, chromatography (Column chromatography, preparative HPLC).
  • Strong familiarity with analytical instruments & techniques including chromatographic (LC and GC) in conjunction with spectrometric methods (LC-MS, GC-MS, LCMS/MS).
  • The candidate is expected to have good organizational and record keeping skills and the ability to work effectively in a multi-project team-focused environment and to collaborate with colleagues to achieve goals.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience writing scientific documents.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft suite of programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Outlook and Adobe

The individual should appreciate our entrepreneurial, fast-paced, agile, and dynamic work setting. He/she should be enthusiastic and energetic, goal-driven, and highly motivated to complete tasks in a timely, efficient manner. The candidate should also thrive in a strong team environment, be a self-starter and comfortable speaking up in company meetings.

The above is a list of essential duties and responsibilities for this position. This list is not all-inclusive. This job description may be modified as needed.

MBI is an equal-opportunity employer. A pre-employment drug screen will be required.

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