Research Associate, Molecular Engineering

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 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 Research Associate to join our Molecular Engineering team. The ideal candidate will work closely with team members and scientists across the organization to help develop human cell therapies. You will regularly characterize genome-edited cells using next generation sequencing (NGS) and droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) based assays. This position requires someone who is motivated, enthusiastic, professional, and committed to working as a team player.

At Caribou you will have an excellent opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of molecular assays and learn what it’s like working at a state-of-the-art clinical stage biotech company.

Responsibilities include:

  • Generating custom NGS libraries for sequencing on Illumina instruments
  • Developing and implementing workflows for ddPCR
  • Coordinating with other functional groups to plan and execute experiments
  • Compiling and analyzing data to support projects
  • Recording experiments in notebooks and contributing to technical reports


Candidate must possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or equivalent relevant experience
  • Broad experience with basic molecular biology techniques such as DNA extractions, PCR, and gel electrophoresis
  • An inquisitive and enthusiastic approach to science
  • A desire to work collaboratively with colleagues of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Experience in the biotech industry, an academic laboratory, or core facility
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Experience with assay development and primer design
  • Hands-on experience preparing NGS libraries
  • Basic scripting or bioinformatics skills and experience with data analysis
  • Hands-on experience working with lab automation systems

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

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.  Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 


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