Senior Research Associate / Research Associate III, Molecular Engineering

San Diego, CA, United States
May 28, 2021
Science/R&D, Research
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
Fate Therapeutics is seeking a talented and highly motivated individual skilled in molecular biology that will be a key member of the Molecular Engineering team. The primary functions of this role will include DNA and RNA extraction, traditional PCR, gel electrophoresis, qPCR, and droplet digital PCR. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with probe-based qPCR and a strong conceptual understanding of molecular biology and genetics. This position will require adherence to tight deadlines, strong independent and collaborative research abilities, a high level of organization, and the ability to communicate effectively across multidisciplinary teams. This is a full-time hands-on research position that reports to a Scientist in the Molecular Engineering group and is located at the Company's corporate headquarters in San Diego, California.

• Successful design, optimization, and execution of molecular laboratory biology processes,
including, but not limited to: o DNA and RNA extraction o Nucleic acid quantification and qualification via QuBit, NanoDrop, and TapeStation o Traditional PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR, and ddPCR o Analysis of Sanger sequencing results
• Perform experiments in the laboratory with proficiency and competency under general guidance from direct supervisor
• Providing support in document review, data entry, and data analysis
• Document experimental progress in laboratory notebooks
• Help with general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment, and inventory of samples
• Assist with quality assurance related work

• B.S./M.S. in molecular biology or related discipline with a minimum of 3 years of laboratory
experience. Industry experience preferred.
• 3+ years of demonstrated hands-on experience of molecular biology techniques (e.g., DNA
and RNA isolation and quantification, traditional PCR, gel electrophoresis, qPCR, and restriction digests).
• Expertise with qPCR is required; experience with droplet-digital PCR is strongly preferred.
• Comfortable in conducting and troubleshooting experiments with the ability to analyze
• Ability to perform experiments in a high-throughput manner using a 96-well format is a
• Excellent organizational skills with record keeping abilities.
• Experience in working with cGMP compliant/quality-controlled procedures is a plus.
• Experience working with document management system software is preferred.
• Demonstrated success in working in a cross-functional team environment.
• Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
• Will require working with blood and cell lines of human and animal origin
• Will require working with hazardous materials
• 100% on-site work at corporate headquarters in San Diego, CA
• Occasional evening and weekend work will be required
The preceding job description indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. Additional and incidental duties related to the primary duties may be required from time to time. For consideration send cover letter and resume to: and reference job code 530JH.

About Fate Therapeutics, Inc.
Fate Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of first-in-class cellular immunotherapies for patients with cancer. The Company has established a leadership position in the clinical development and manufacture of universal, off-the-shelf cell products using its proprietary induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) product platform. The Company's immuno-oncology pipeline includes off-the-shelf, iPSC-derived natural killer (NK) cell and T-cell product candidates, which are designed to synergize with well-established cancer therapies, including immune checkpoint inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies, and to target tumor-associated antigens using chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). Fate Therapeutics is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit