Applied Physicist

Brisbane, CA, United States
Mar 13, 2021
Science/R&D, Research
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Mammoth Biosciences is harnessing the diversity of nature to power the next-generation of CRISPR products. Through the discovery and development of novel CRISPR systems, the company is enabling the full potential of its platform to read and write the code of life. By leveraging its internal research and development and exclusive licensing to patents related to Cas12, Cas13, Cas14, and CasPhi, Mammoth Biosciences can provide enhanced diagnostics and genome editing for life science research, healthcare, agriculture, biodefense and more. Mammoth is democratizing disease detection with easy and affordable point-of-care tests that allow real-time and simultaneous detection of multiple conditions, along with high-throughput tests that allow for unprecedented testing volume. Further, the company is transforming disease treatment with its proprietary micro-sized CRISPR proteins that enable new editing and delivery options. Based in Brisbane, CA, Mammoth Biosciences is co-founded by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna and principal founders Trevor Martin, Janice Chen, and Lucas Harrington. The firm is backed by top institutional investors including Decheng, Mayfield, NFX, and 8VC, and leading individual investors including Brook Byers, Tim Cook, Bob Nelsen, and Jeff Huber.


Mammoth is seeking an applied physicist to work in a multidisciplinary team consisting of engineers, molecular biologists, and chemists to develop the next generation of nanomolecular devices for disease detection platforms using novel CRISPR-associated (Cas) nucleases.

The successful candidate will have experience in quantum photonics, nanoscale resonators, cavity optomechanics or related fields in physics. In addition, the individual must have demonstrated the ability to take theoretical concepts to practical application. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to innovate and develop new cutting edge products for molecular diagnostics.

    • Work with diagnostic team to develop technology and devices to detect macromolecular reactions
    • As the applied physicist, design and execute experimentation with a multidisciplinary team
    • Collaborate with third party vendors and suppliers as needed
    • Communicate and work across a multidisciplinary team consisting of scientists, engineers and physicists

    • Master's degree in physics or a related field
    • 2 years of applied physics experience
    • Experience working on quantum photonic devices
    • Demonstrated ability to design, execute, and analyze experiments
    • Experience with Python, algorithm development and data visualization

    • PhD in physics or a related field
    • Demonstrated work product(s) in applied physics or related field
    • Experience with detection of molecular systems using nanophotonic devices
    • 4 years of experience in applied physics or related field
    • Experience with statistical analysis of complex spectral data
    • Knowledge and experience with quantum optical systems and solid state physics are a plus
    • Ability to work independently and contribute to the development of multiple pipelines
    • Experience working on the development of diagnostic devices (510(k), CE-IVD) is a plus

    • Company-paid health/vision/dental benefits
    • Unlimited vacation and generous sick time
    • Company-sponsored meals and snacks
    • Wellness, caregiver, and ergonomics benefits
    • 401(k) with company matching