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Scientist / Senior Scientist

Evanston, IL
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About the job

Stemloop, Inc is seeking a highly motivated Scientist/Senior Scientist to help develop the world’s leading Cell-Free Biosensor Platform. This Scientist will lead development and scaled production of our rapid lead-in-water sensor, with the role responsibilities listed below. You will be working alongside our team of Ph.D. scientists and supported by our Research Associates to create the next generation of cell-free biological sensing technologies. Candidates should have a) a Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, biological engineering or a related discipline (defending by June 2022) or b) a Masters in the above fields with 3+ years of industry experience.


  • Lead Minimum Viable Product (MVP) optimization for Stemloop's Rapid Lead in Water Sensor
  • Engineer expression of biochemistry transcription factors
  • Own product refinement for production scale up
  • Facilitate human factors text for users' experience (UX) with 3rd party consultants
  • As-needed coordination with 3rd party experts for formulation refinement
  • Analyze data and communicate results to team


  • a) Ph.D. degree in biomolecular engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology or a related discipline (defended with expected award by June 2022) or b) Masters degree in fields above with 3+ years of industry experience
  • Prior mentorship or supervision of undergraduate/masters students in research context
  • Experience with assay development
  • Experience with genetic design
  • Interpersonal skills to collaborate in results-oriented, fast-paced startup environment
  • Basic Microsoft Suite fluency (Word, Excel)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D + 2 years of industry experience (Required for Senior Scientist)
  • Cell-free systems experience
  • Experience with sensor diagnostic devices (such as microfluidics, lateral flow, etc)
  • Automation experience
  • Lyophilization experience


  • $80,000 - $95,000 base compensation*
  • Employee equity in Stemloop, Inc.
  • Health Care benefits
  • 6 weeks paid parental leave

* Experienced hires (2+ years of relevant industry experience) may be considered for a Senior Scientist compensation pay band

About Stemloop

Stemloop, Inc is the world-leader in cell-free biosensing. Our technologies and products have been published worldwide in Nature Biotechnology, Nature Chemical Biology, Forbes, and Scientific American. Our Cell-Free Biofoundry in the Querry InQbation Lab at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL is home to our “sense-ational” startup team right off the CTA purple line.

The team's innovative spirit and passion for progress turns biology into novel sensing products that solve pressing issues in bio-manufacturing, environmental remediation, and applications in human health. We are a high-growth venture looking to challenge science's status quo, and we believe in diverse backgrounds and perspectives to drive our success. We hope you’ll consider joining our team!

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This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. We are not able to offer visa sponsorship at this time. Stemloop is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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