Sequencing Research Associate

150 - Molecular Engineering · Berkeley, California
Department 150 - Molecular Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a leading clinical-stage CRISPR genome editing biotechnology company located in Berkeley, CA. Caribou's tools and technologies provide transformative capabilities to therapeutic development and the company is advancing an internal pipeline of genome-edited cell therapies for various oncology indications. Caribou was founded in 2011 by CRISPR pioneers including Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna, PhD, Martin Jinek, PhD, and Rachel Haurwitz, PhD, our President and CEO. The eight-year-old company has developed a best-in-class CRISPR genome editing technology platform and has a leading intellectual property position.


At Caribou, every employee is valued for their unique perspective, background, and diversity. Every person on the Caribou team contributes to problem solving and innovation. The Company’s vision is to advance agile genome editing innovations for the benefit of our communities.



We are seeking a Sequencing Research Associate to join our Molecular Engineering group. In this role, you will run and maintain a custom sequencing and genomic detection pipeline. The ideal candidate will interact closely with Scientists and other RAs to support sequencing and cell-based screening activities and will participate in the design and implementation of automated workflows.


Your responsibilities:

  • Prepare sequencing libraries on a high-throughput automated platform
  • Develop and implement standard protocols to generate custom sequencing libraries
  • Optimize custom sequencing library protocols
  • Run and maintain sequencing systems to meet priorities and deadlines
  • Manage and order supplies and maintain equipment to meet company quality standards
  • Compile and analyze data, present results to teams across the company, prepare documentation, and maintain records
  • Coordinate with other functional groups to plan and execute high-throughput workflows


You should possess the following:

  • B.Sc. or equivalent in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, or a related field
  • 1-2 years relevant experience in the biotech industry, academic laboratory or core facility
  • An inquisitive approach to science, attention to detail, and a desire to work collaboratively with colleagues of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Hands-on experience with preparation of NGS libraries
  • Strong organizational, time management, and communication skills


Experience in any of the following areas will be a plus:

  • Experience working with laboratory automation systems
  • Experience with analysis of NGS data
  • M.Sc. or equivalent in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Cell Biology, Genetics or Molecular Biology


Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a dynamic start-up biotechnology company, and the successful candidate should have a passion for science and a desire to work in a collaborative environment. Caribou promotes a culture in which employees are respected and valued for hard work, innovation, personal initiative, and teamwork.


Caribou compensation and benefits:

  • Comprehensive compensation package including stock options
  • Generous paid vacation time in addition to Company-observed holidays
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan including matching employer contributions
  • Tuition reimbursement program


For more information, please visit Caribou is on Twitter. Follow the Company @CaribouBio.


Caribou is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding), genetic information, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law. In addition, Caribou prohibits the harassment of any individual on any of the bases listed above or any other characteristics protected under federal, state, or local laws.


Direct applicants only. No agencies please.

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  • Location
    Berkeley, California
  • Department
    150 - Molecular Engineering
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience