Associate Scientist, Gene Editing

94158, San Francisco
Apr 19, 2018
Science/R&D, Genetics
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Vir Biotechnology (Vir) a San Francisco company focused on infectious disease, seeks an experienced Associate Scientist to join our gene editing research group. You will be supporting on-going gene editing drug discovery efforts across in vitro and in vivo applications. This position will report to a Scientist, and will work collaboratively with internal multi-disciplinary team members and external partners to drive and deliver results on timelines presenting results internally.


  • Independently design and execute molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemical studies.
  • Analyze experimental reports, troubleshoot methods, and present results in team settings.
  • Support method and model development to measure drug activity, especially RNA therapies, in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo.
  • Contribute to developing novel CRISPR and antisense drug candidates.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and manage external efforts: collaborators, CROs, CMOs.
  • Organize and prioritize efforts to achieve aggressive research goals and timelines.
  • Document activities and findings in ELN at stringent level to support IND filings.


  • 8+ years of experience with BS/MS degree or 1+ years’ experience with PhD.
  • Expertise: tissue culture, flow cytometry, cytotoxicity assays, molecular and cell cloning, nucleic acid and protein characterization (CGE, HPLC, qRT-PCR, ISH, western, ELISA, IHC, IFC). Preferred knowledge: CRISPR, siRNA, NGS, histology, virology, immunology.
  • Preferred industry experience in a fast-paced biotechnology start-up environment.
  • Proven success managing other scientists and leading project-based team efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and critically with technical proficiency and knowledge of scientific concepts.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to change under pressure and time constraints, while maintaining a high level of work quality and collegiality.
  • Ability to multitask, be well organized and manage multiple overlapping deadlines.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills used to communicate within the organization as well as externally. 


  • BS/MS or PhD degree in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, virology, microbiology, immunology, or a related scientific field.