Arcaea is a biology-first beauty company building a new ingredient toolset for the beauty and personal care industry. We are creating pioneering ingredients, products, and stories accessible uniquely through biology. 

Arcaea is building a new ingredient toolset for the beauty and personal care industry - one rooted in biotechnology with the aim of delivering radical performance and unparalleled sustainability that will also present new opportunities for storytelling.

Arcaea is seeking an experienced DSP Engineer to join our team and play a critical role in developing our ingredient toolset for the beauty and personal care industry. As a member of the Arcaea team, you will be responsible for leading Arcaea's downstream process development and scaling up activities.

No candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we’d love to learn more about you!


  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of downstream processes for the purification of bioactive ingredients
  • Apply your proficiency in a diverse range of downstream unit operations, such as chromatography  (affinity, ion exchange, HIC, SEC, etc.), membrane separation processes (depth filtration, ultrafiltration/diafiltration, tangential flow filtration, and sterile filtration), centrifugation, lyophilization, spray drying and other relevant techniques.
  • Conduct hands on troubleshooting, process feasibility and process optimization experiments in relation to downstream purification and recovery processes
  • Build a science-based understanding of processes to define critical process parameters and establish acceptance criteria
  • Application of statistical data analysis in development, including design of experiments (DoE), multivariate analysis.
  • Assist with cost modeling analyses as needed.
  • Participate in tech-transfer activities with CDMO and CMOs and build strong relationships with collaborating companies.
  • Showcase your proven ability to scale up bioprocesses from laboratory-scale to pilot-scale and eventually to full-scale production.
  • Maintain meticulous documentation of experimental procedures, results, and process parameters.
  • Ensure compliance with industry standards and regulatory guidelines governing the production of cosmetic ingredients.
  • Develop technical insights based on research and scientific literature
  • Stay informed about the latest advancements in downstream processing technologies, assessing their applicability to elevate our processes.
  • Communicate technical information to internal teams and/or external parties in the form of oral and written correspondence, presentations, and reports
  • Work effectively and efficiently on a tight deadline without drama or ego


  • MS/PhD in chemical engineering, life sciences, biotechnology, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience in downstream processing, with a variety of unit operations
  • Successful track record of developing and scaling up industrial biotech DSP processes.
  • Proven ability to manage projects
  • Experience with tech transfer to CDMO/CMOs.
  • Proficiency in process simulation and modeling tools is advantageous.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Highly independent with the ability to work with cross functional teams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Delivering on projects, on time.
  • Effective communicator, can explain complex science in layman terms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Startup experience preferred 

We are committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all its practices. It is the policy of Arcaea to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.

We feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in both the scientific fields and beauty industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. We are deeply committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

No candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we’d love to learn more about you!

We’re working with the powerful biological engineering platform at Ginkgo Bioworks, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. Ginkgo and Arcaea care about how this platform and the products created are used. Having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology in every industry.

We are committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all its practices. It is the policy of Arcaea to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.

Agency and Third Party Recruiter Notice: Agencies that submit a resume to Arcaea must have a current executed Arcaea Agency Agreement executed by the Director, People Operations. In addition Agencies may only submit candidates to positions for which they have been invited to do so by an Arcaea Recruiter. All resumes must be sent to the Arcaea Recruiter under these terms or they will not be considered.

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