Analytical Development Research Associate

168 - Analytical Development · Berkeley, California
Department 168 - Analytical Development
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 an opening for a Research Associate to join our growing and collaborative Analytical Development team.  You’ll apply your scientific curiosity to develop and optimize transferable analytical methods which may not yet be available in the industry.  This is an exciting opportunity to interact cross functionally with internal and external teams, and have a direct impact on the quality of our cell therapy products. 


  • Developing sensitive and robust analytical test methods to support release testing, stability and characterization of investigational cell therapy drug products and custom reagents
  • Optimizing methods to ensure fit-for-purpose
  • Providing experimental data to support method transfer and validation activities
  • Writing test method procedures, protocols and development reports
  • Serving as an analytical subject matter expert within department and on cross-functional teams

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS degree in biochemistry or molecular cell biology
  • Minimum 2+ years of laboratory experience
  • Experience performing at least two of the following analytical methods: flow cytometry, ELISA, Luminex, qPCR and ddPCR
  • Exceptional and transparent communication style
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization and planning skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced team-oriented highly collaborative environment
  • Ability to work independently on laboratory projects
  • Possess a sense of urgency; identify challenges and problems, and take the initiative to identify solutions

Nice-to-have (but not required)

  • Knowledge of basic statistics
  • Experience in use of sterile technique in mammalian cell culture
  • Experience in SEC-HPLC, IEX-HPLC, RP-HPLC and/or LC-MS
  • Experience with method validation and ICH Q2 fundamentals
  • Understanding of Good Documentation Practices and cGMP

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


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.

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

Direct applicants only. No agencies please.

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  • Location
    Berkeley, California
  • Department
    168 - Analytical Development
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience