Assay Development Scientist - Media Development

Umami Meats

Umami Meats

Marketing & Communications
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024
At Umami Bioworks, we are pioneering cultivated, 'not caught' seafood by developing the production system for delicious, nutritious, and affordable cultivated fish, starting with IUCN Red Listed species that are difficult to farm and being driven extinct by human consumption. We are partnering with food producers to scale our cultivated seafood production system to provide people around the world with a stable, resilient, local supply of seafood free from mercury, antibiotics, microplastics, and ocean pollutants.

We’re on a mission to empower humanity to eat sustainably without sacrifice. We believe the only way to change how the majority of the world eats meat and seafood is to create real seafood - the most delicious, healthiest seafood available - without the environmental and animal welfare consequences of our current practices.

We’re a venture-backed biotech startup located in Singapore where some of the world’s smartest, most passionate people are pioneering a sustainable food future that is attractive and accessible to people around the world. We are united by our collective drive to ask tough questions, take on challenging problems, and apply cutting-edge science and engineering to create a better future for humanity. At Umami Bioworks, you will be encouraged to dream big and will have the freedom to create, invent, and do the best, most impactful work of your career.

Umami Bioworks is looking to hire an inquisitive, innovative, and independent Assay Development Scientist (Media Development) to join our R&D team in Bangalore, India.


  • Design, develop, and validate high-throughput bioassays to evaluate cell growth, viability, and differentiation in fish and crustacean cell lines
  • Assist in developing and optimising cell culture media formulations to support efficient cell growth and target product development
  • Develop new techniques, explore new approaches and technologies, perform troubleshooting and optimisation experiments, and present your work to various cross-functional teams.
  • Collaborate with scientists across R&D disciplines to ensure bioassays align with overall R&D project goals
  • Analyse and interpret bioassay data to support process development and optimisation
  • Stay current with advancements in bioassay development and cultivated meat research

Core competencies

  • Proficiency in cell culture techniques, including stem cells, suspension culture, and primary cell culture
  • A strong background in biochemical and immunological techniques
  • Strong bioanalytical analytical skills ideally with experience in HPLC, LCMS, GC-MS, and other relevant analytical methods.
  • Demonstrated experience with high-throughput methods and Design of Experiments (DoE)
  • Strong analytical data interpretation and decision-making skills, including competency with statistical methods and scripting languages necessary for scientific data analysis and interpretation, such as DoE


  • PhD in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field with 2 years of postdoctoral experience. OR
  • Master in Biology/Life Science, or related field with more than 5 years of relevant industry experience
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience in bioassay development, preferably for cell culture or cellular agriculture applications

Other Qualification

  • An India citizen or permanent resident

You will work directly with other members of our small but growing team to do cutting-edge science and will have the autonomy to test new ideas and identify better ways to do things.