Director/Senior Director/VP of Stem Cell Therapeutics

110 - Stem Cell Therapeutics · Berkeley, California
Department 110 - Stem Cell Therapeutics
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

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.

The Company is seeking a Director/Sr. Director/VP of Stem Cell Therapeutics (SCT) who will direct, plan, and guide the research of the SCT group as well as making critical go/no-go decisions for the Company. This role will lead one of the Company’s major platforms and projects, and present research findings to internal and external groups, along with assessing new technologies, future product candidate concepts, and instrumentation needs.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of scientists and research associates
  • Plan, design, conduct, and report on team research efforts
  • Direct major projects and monitor outcomes, develop and implement modifications, write reports, and prepare/deliver presentations
  • Support patent development efforts from innovation disclosures to applications
  • Research, plan, and direct the experimental work performed by the SCT team or others
  • Design and troubleshoot complex experiments using extensive knowledge and expertise in specialized field of study
  • Review, analyze, and interpret experimental results
  • Work across functional groups to implement multiple efforts focused on generation of new therapeutics/technologies within strict timelines, including working closely with the process development team to ensure transition from research to clinical scales
  • Supervise and oversee maintenance and acquisition of lab instruments
  • Determine clear “go/no-go” criteria based on balance of risk versus reward
  • Bring new ideas forward for implementation into product or technology development
  • Provide guidance to direct reports and collaborating staff on technical issues

Candidate must have the following qualifications:

  • PhD with >8 years of industry or other experience after postdoc; potentially MS or BS with significant knowledge and experience
  • Recognized as scientific and team leader having presented at national/international meetings and/or to external parties on a broad array of topics
  • Directed a team focused on the discovery and development of cell therapies for clinical application
  • Demonstrated knowledge of complex concepts gained through advanced education or experience
  • Contributed significantly to publications, patents, and presentations and has been first or last author on publications
  • Organized and effective communicator
  • Experience with iPSC platform and their differentiation into immune cells is a plus

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
    110 - Stem Cell Therapeutics
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience