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Caribou Biosciences

Molecular Engineering Research Associate

R&D – Berkeley, California
Department R&D
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a leading company in CRISPR genome engineering located in Berkeley, CA. Caribou's tools and technologies provide transformative capabilities to therapeutic development, agricultural biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, basic and applied biological research. The five-year-old company has developed a best-in-class CRISPR genome engineering technology platform and has a leading intellectual property position.

We are seeking a Research Associate to join our Molecular Engineering group. The ideal candidate will interact closely with Scientists and other RAs to support DNA cloning and other molecular biology based workflows as well as provide general lab operations support.

 The main duties and responsibilities are to:

  • Design and execute DNA cloning using a variety of techniques including PCR, restriction/ligation, LIC, SLIC, Gibson, and Golden Gate
  • Prepare plasmid DNA clones, purified DNA, RNA, and lab reagents within quality guidelines
  • Maintain an organized notebook and compile data to support technical reports and presentations
  • Maintain plasmid DNA archives and create additional archival systems for reagent and strain storage
  • Assist in preparing media
  • Assist in lab organization including glassware washing and sterilization

Candidate must possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences or AA/AS with equivalent experience
  • Familiarity working in a laboratory setting working in a biotech company or academic environment
  • Minimum of 1 years of experience working in a biotech company or academic environment with a focus on DNA cloning
  • Basic understanding of the methodologies listed above
  • Computer skills, specifically with spreadsheets and databases
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good written and verbal communication skills


  • Experience using DNA cloning software
  • Microbial genetics experience
  • Protein engineering experience
  • Library screening experience
  • CRISPR-Cas9 based recombineering experience
  • Familiarity with liquid handling robots

Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a dynamic start-up company, and the successful candidate must have the ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment.  For more information, please visit  Caribou is on Twitter.  Sign up to follow our Twitter feed @CaribouBio (

Caribou offers a comprehensive compensation package, as well as generous paid time off in addition to Company observed holidays.  The Company provides Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, along with a retirement savings plan which includes matching employer contributions.  We promote a culture in which employees are respected and rewarded for hard work, innovation, personal initiative, and teamwork. 

No phone calls please. Direct applicants only. No agencies please. 

Caribou is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, citizenship, political activity or affiliation, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (as defined under California law), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex or gender (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), 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.

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