Research Associates / Sr. Research Associates, Mammalian Synthetic Biology
Synthetic Genomics, Inc. - La Jolla, CA

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At Synthetic Genomics, Inc., we are dedicated to developing and commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global challenges. We are currently seeking Research Associates / Sr. Research Associates to join our fast-growing, dynamic and collaborative team in La Jolla, CA.

Successful candidates will develop and implement mammalian synthetic biology and genome engineering technologies in a cross-disciplinary R&D team collaborating with industrial and academic partners.

Required Skills
  • Assists conducting basic laboratory experiments applying defined protocols and procedures; generates reproducible and reliable results.
  • Compiles records and maintains data on results of analysis and communicates results to supervisor.
  • Clearly documents and maintains laboratory notebooks and computer files.
  • Prepares and analyzes biological samples for laboratory procedures.
  • Prepares reagents and chemical solutions.
  • May support work of scientists for publication/ patent.
  • Participates and contributes in group and project meeting as required.
  • As required by supervisor, searches, reads and comprehends relevant scientific literature.
  • Exercises judgment within defined practices and procedures; guided decision making.
  • May share and contribute ideas within and outside the group.
  • Designs and conducts complex laboratory experiments, generates reproducible and reliable results.
  • Conducts advanced information analysis.
  • Presents and conveys complex problems or issues across functional areas.
  • Provides a recognized company-wide technical or analytical resource with responsibility for determining methods and approaches.
  • Under general direction of Scientist, has overall project responsibility for a research program of limited scope, including experimental design and communicating with other team members.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and improvement of an area of technical expertise or methodology.
  • Interacts with other Research Staff in other research departments to accomplish project goals.
  • Presents or reports results of independent scientific research with peers at internal scientific meetings. May present or report at external meetings.
  • May have responsibility for mentoring or supervising lower level personnel.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Experience
  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Immunology or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated hands-on technical experience and proficiency.
  • 2-6 years of biotechnology or pharmaceutical industrial experience.
  • Hands on experience with mammalian cell culture, cell cloning and expansion, gene transfer and transfection, molecular analysis and cell-based assays.
  • Experience with genome/cell engineering using advanced precision genome editing tools and/or synthetic biology approaches highly desired.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting collaborative and/or cross disciplinary research strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn new techniques, execute experimental plans and prepare research data to meet program goals essential.
  • Experience and demonstrated excellence at the bench conducting research and development in a team and structured program environment.
  • Foundational academic and/or applied R&D experience utilizing bioinformatics and/or molecular genetics for cell engineering.
  • Demonstrated productivity and ability to advance complex programs.
  • Excellent technical decision-making and trouble shooting skills.
  • Document research in laboratory notebooks in accordance with company policies.
  • Analyze and present data in written and oral reports as required.
  • Work in accordance with health and safety guidelines.
  • Consistently demonstrate initiative for timely completion of projects and tasks.
  • Ability to utilize pertinent scientific literature.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.