Scientist (mRNA & Synthetic Biology)

Codex DNA
San Diego
Sep 08, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Summary of Role:

We are seeking a Scientist who is ready to show their skills to join our R&D Team. This role will report to the Director of R&D and will have an opportunity to contribute to the development of new products and building our business around our biopolymer-printer. A successful candidate will enjoy working in a fast-paced and a highly collaborative start-up environment doing cutting-edge science. This person will work closely with personnel from the R&D, Manufacturing and Operations Team.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conceive, plan and execute wet lab experiments.
  • Engage and collaborate with team members at Codex DNA to bring research related initiatives towards new product development.
  • Document experiments in detailed and complete reports; present data-supported conclusions in meetings.
  • Consistently demonstrate initiative and follow-through in implementing projects and tasks.
  • Keep up to date with scientific literature in the areas of strategic interest to Codex DNA.
  • Work on projects effectively to meet key milestones and deadlines with minimal oversight.
  • Serve as an example to Codex DNA’s Culture.


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of academic experience with basic molecular biology techniques such as PCR, RT-PCR, Cloning (Gibson Assembly, Conventional Ligation Technique, Golden-Gate Assembly), plasmid and genomic DNA extraction, agarose-gel analysis and extraction of DNA, Microbiological media preparation, Buffers preparation, Sterile Techniques for propagating bacterial and yeast cultures, Sanger Sequencing and NGS data analysis.
  • Hands-on experience with in vitro transcription (IVT) and coupled in vitro transcription-translation, protein overexpression techniques, analysis through SDS-PAGE, Western Blot is a must.
  • Innovative in trouble shooting, generating new ideas and constantly willing to learn will be considered highly favorable characteristics for this position.
  • Adaptability to changing priorities and projects is expected.
  • All other duties as assigned or necessary


Education Requirements:

  • PhD in Life Sciences (Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Synthetic Biology/RNA Biology/Cell-free synthesis) or similar industry work experience.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 1+ years of industry experience working on or shipping a commercial project/product.


Working Conditions:

  • As a critical and essential role, the candidate must be willing and able to travel to the San Diego, CA office to report to work. We have protocols in place to provide a safe, socially distanced work environment.