Sequencing Research Associate

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 engineering 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. The eight-year-old company has developed a best-in-class CRISPR genome engineering 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 group. In this role, you will primarily contribute to the execution and maintenance of our high-throughput sequencing pipeline. In addition, you may perform fluorescent-based screening assays and have the opportunity to contribute to the development of new workflows in these areas. The ideal candidate will interact closely with Scientists and other RAs to support sequencing and will participate in the design and implementation of automated workflows.


Your responsibilities:

  • Perform all steps of NGS library generation using a high-throughput automated platform
  • Run and maintain sequencing systems to meet priorities and deadlines
  • Manage and order supplies and maintain equipment to meet company quality standards
  • Compile and analyze data, present results to teams across the company, prepare documentation, and maintain records
  • Develop and implement novel protocols to generate sequencing libraries (e.g. amplicon and RNA-seq libraries)


 You should possess the following:

  • An inquisitive approach to science, a positive attitude, and a desire to work collaboratively with colleagues of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds
  • B.Sc. or equivalent in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Cell Biology, Genetics or Molecular Biology
  • Experience in the biotech industry, academic laboratory, or core facility
  • Hands-on experience with preparation of NGS libraries
  • Strong organizational, time management, and communication skills


Experience in any of the following areas will be a plus:

  • Experience working with laboratory automation systems
  • RNA-seq library preparation experience
  • Experience running fluorescent cytokine assays
  • Experience with analysis of NGS data
  • M.Sc. or equivalent in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Cell Biology, Genetics or Molecular Biology


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 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 401(k) retirement savings plan which includes matching employer contributions.


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
    150 - Molecular Engineering
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience