Executive Director, Genome Editing Technologies

South San Francisco, CA, United States
Jul 04, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Sana Biotechnology is developing advanced delivery and genome engineering capabilities to enable the next generation of gene and cell therapies. We seek a highly motivated and creative leader in the field of genome engineering to establish our Genome Editing Technologies group. The successful candidate will define and direct efforts to develop new technologies for genome targeting and cellular engineering that will directly impact the scope and power of our therapeutic programs. This position will report to the Chief Technology Officer but will interface with senior leadership and teams throughout Sana. The level of this position will be commensurate with experience and skill.

  • Establish vision and focus for the Genome Editing Technologies team.
  • Recruit exceptional talent to fill critical roles.
  • Lead team efforts to establish genome targeting platform capabilities
  • Develop new gene editing and gene regulation technologies
  • Coordinate across functions to expand the range and sophistication of engineerable behaviors that can be applied to Sana's cell therapy programs
  • Communicate advances via publishing in high impact journals and presenting at key conferences


Basic Qualifications
  • PhD/MD in scientific discipline w 15+ yrs experience in academic research and/or industry or equivalent combination of education and work experience; Expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts
  • Strong publication record demonstrating leadership in the field of genome and cell engineering
  • Ability to motivate new directions in protein design and platform development for genome and cell engineering, and to reduce strategic initiatives to actionable plans
  • Demonstrated ability to build and run highly effective research teams in a biotechnology environment
  • Exceptional communication skills; ability to present effectively to management and teams with diverse backgrounds
  • Working safely in person on a predictable and regular in-person basis is an essential job function for this position and the Company requires that all individuals working in-person, subject to certain exceptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience running a genome targeting platform team
  • Sufficient understanding of the principles and methods of directed evolution to productively manage a directed evolution team
  • Strong background in statistics and probability theory
  • Strong understanding of the energetics and kinetics of macromolecular folding and recognition processes
  • Experience with sequence analysis for characterization of gene editing outcomes
  • Background in delivery technologies as well as tissue culture skills
  • Ability to deliver results consistently and effectively, and quickly adapt to changing business conditions - Routinely and visibly drives execution, both individually and through others, while balancing getting things done while seeking input and ideas from others. Has a demonstrated track record of delivering results.
  • Demonstrated ability to create a culture that aligns with Sana Values and leverages diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Consistently acts as a "leader as coach"; meets employees where they are at and leads with active listening, inquiry, openness, heart and positive intention.
  • Consistently has the crucial conversations in a constructive way to move the business forward, challenges and influences at all levels, including our most senior levels
  • Ability to communicate across all levels of an organization and efficiently coordinate activities with both internal and external customers.
  • High degree of self-motivation
  • Demonstrated track record in attract, develop talents - Is a talent magnet; consistently attracts and hires the best and develops/mentors talent across the organization (not just on own team)
  • Proven track-record of organizational leadership, functional buildup and management

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

At Sana, we believe that a diverse workforce strengthens us as a company and helps us to achieve our mission to meaningfully change the outcome of many human diseases. This belief is a pillar of our business and is critical to our success. Our goal is that Sana is the place for talented people to bring their authentic selves to work, to have a great career and to deeply, positively impact patients.

The Company is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental or sensory disability (including the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability), genetic information, actual or perceived HIV or Hepatitis C infection, medical condition (cancer or a record or history of cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), disability, veteran status, political ideology, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Core to our values, we believe there is nothing more important than the health and wellness of you and your family. We cover 100% of the cost for employee health coverage and offer generous time-off, parental leave, short and long term disability, financial wellness programs, a 401(k) Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, commuter subsidy and a variety of wellness offerings to support each person individually.