Molecular Biology Research Associate, CAR-T Cell Therapies

120 - T Cell Therapeutics · Berkeley, California
Department 120 - T Cell Therapeutics
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-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 novel 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.


As a result of exciting developments both with Caribou’s internal pipeline programs and with the addition of a new external partnership, we have multiple early-stage projects at Caribou focused on the preclinical discovery and development of CAR-T cell therapy candidates. We are looking for an independent, goal-oriented Research Associate to help us propel this work forward. This is a wonderful role in which you will lend your molecular biology expertise to support a variety of research and development projects.  Using collaborative teamwork and your winning spirit, you will work closely and cross-functionally with multiple researchers on cutting-edge technologies to deliver on impactful research projects that we believe will ultimately positively impact the lives of patients. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Molecular biology, DNA assembly and construct design
  • Collaborating with Scientists to plan and design cloning projects
  • Small to large scale plasmid preparation
  • Primer design
  • Performs ddPCR and qPCR assays within the group and cross functionally.
  • Genomic DNA extraction from a variety of cell types
  • Coordinates data and reagent handoff with other Scientists and RAs across functional groups
  • Compiling data, presenting results and staying current on primary literature



  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Cell Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related discipline
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in research operations performing molecular assays
  • Experience with a variety of molecular techniques such as PCR, cloning, genomic DNA extraction and RNA extraction


Nice-to-have (but not required):


  • qPCR, ddPCR
  • Competency with molecular biology design tools
  • Background in immunology or oncology
  • Familiarity with mammalian cell culture techniques
  • Experience writing technical reports
  • Application of genome editing technologies
  • Experience with lab automation


Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a dynamic 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
  • and more...


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
    120 - T Cell Therapeutics
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience