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Temporary Intern – Molecular Discovery New

Location: San Diego, California-San Diego 92121
Position: Full time, temporary contract
Required education: B.Sc or AA/HS with relevant experience
Area(s) of expertise desired: DNA extraction, PCR, cloning
Job Code: MB1841


Cibus is a biotechnology company with advanced technologies to precisely target and direct a plant’s natural gene-editing processes. This approach accelerates natural plant breeding that has been a staple of farming for thousands of years and has resulted in a rapid, versatile and low-cost way to improve nutrition, increase crop yields, and reducing waste.

The company has a worldwide presence, with subsidiaries in Europe and North America and a state-of-the-art research and development center in San Diego. Cibus has launched its first commercial product, SU Canola™, and has a pipeline to traits for canola, rice, flax, and potato. The broad applicability of Cibus’ technologies is highlighted by the company’s strain-advancement program, which develops sustainable products in microbial platforms for the food, flavor and fragrance, and personal care markets.

We have an immediate opening for an Intern in the Molecular Discovery Group who can help us to revolutionize plant breeding using our unique, patented RTDS™ gene editing technology to produce sustainable industrial and agricultural products and improve human health by safely harnessing Nature’s own genetic diversity. The successful candidate will have a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or a related field with 0+ years of experience or an AA/HS diploma with 2+ years of experience.

The Intern will help support molecular discovery efforts to identify next generation RTDSTM gene editing targets. The successful applicant will be expected to assist with all aspects of the target discovery workflow, from experimental design to data interpretation and reporting. Responsibilities include running PCR and site-directed mutagenesis reactions, plasmid construction, performing microbial complementation and functional screening assays, as wells as reagent preparation and tracking. The initial term of the internship is 3 months, with the possibility of a longer-term extension based on business needs. This position offers an excellent opportunity for a talented individual to learn and grow in a dynamic environment focused on cutting edge gene editing technology.


  • Theoretical and practical experience with a broad range of Molecular Biology procedures including PCR, cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, and DNA extraction from microbial species.
  • Excellent data management skills and the ability to record experimental procedures in a clear, accurate manner.
  • Strong problem solving and organization skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • A desire and willingness to improve process efficiency
  • An ability to be independent, self-motivated, and enjoy working in a highly collaborative setting.
  • Prior experience with microbial complementation assays is highly desired.

Cibus provides an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision, flexible spending, 401(k) plan, vacation and sick leave. If you enjoy working as part of a team and want to participate in this exciting research, please e-mail resume to and put down job code: MB1841.