Sound is an innovator of bio-inspired chemistry and plant genetics. We leverage natural plant diversity to grow crops more sustainably and create differentiated, nutritious food. Sound is a Series C startup funded by leading investors in food and agriculture such as S2G Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Cavallo Ventures and Syngenta Ventures.

We are looking for a Research Scientist to scale-up our On-Demand Breeding platform. The successful candidate will operationalize existing workflows by developing high-throughput automation protocols. This position will collaborate with the synthetic biology team to bring in new technologies and advance the platform. This is an opportunity to work with a rapidly growing, fast-paced and dynamic company. The Research Scientist position will be based in our laboratory in Emeryville, CA, working mainly onsite with flexibility to be partially remote. This role reports to the Molecular Foundry Manager. 


  • Collaboratively implement, operationalize, and improve new and existing high-throughput workflows to advance the on-demand breeding platform
  • Design and execute experiments to test hypotheses and mine scientific literature to guide experimental design
  • Use statistical analysis software to analyze datasets and communicate results to diverse audiences
  • Provide mentorship and train more junior researchers (may include direct line management responsibilities depending on experience)
  • Maintain safe practices in the laboratory
  • Meticulous attention to detail and strong record keeping skills
  • Promote a positive and inclusive work environment

Skills & Experience

  • A PhD, or equivalent experience with 2+ years of relevant industrial experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, plant biology, or related fields
  • Molecular biology techniques including: PCRDNA and RNA extraction, RT-qPCR, and NGS
  • Competent in using statistical tools to strengthen experimental design and enable data analysis (Excel, JMP, Spotfire, R, Python, etc)
  • Understanding of plant genetics and gene regulation
  • Experience with laboratory automation (Tecan, Beckman, Hamilton, etc.) to enable process scale-up
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven track record of collaboration and teamwork in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Self-motivated and passionate about your work
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Desire to be part of a rapidly evolving organization, which requires flexibility and a willingness to learn new techniques and concepts

Sound is based in Emeryville, CA and Research Triangle Park, NC, with a number of employees working remotely. We have a mission driven culture and a fast-paced, collaborative work environment. We are looking for someone to join the team who will bring a passion for sustainability along with a deep expertise in the business of food and agriculture.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.