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Contract Associate – High-throughput Genotyping

Location: San Diego, CA
Position Type: Full-Time
Required Education: B.S. or AA/HS with experience
Area(s) of Expertise Desired: Automation, DNA Extraction, Molecular Biology, Genotyping, Molecular Diagnostics
Job Code: MB2213


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 produce sustainable industrial and agricultural products and improve human health by safely harnessing nature's own genetic diversity.

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 a pipeline of traits for canola and rice and is developing crop platforms and a pipeline of trait products in other major global crops including soybean, corn, and wheat. 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.

Cibus has an immediate opening for a contract Associate – High-throughput Genotyping position to help us to revolutionize plant breeding using our unique, patented gene editing technology. The successful applicant will help to run automated high-throughput workflows to genotype gene edited materials across Cibus’ R&D pipeline. The position is contract-based, with the possibility of being extended based on business needs. This position offers an excellent opportunity for a talented individual to learn and grow in a dynamic R&D environment focused on cutting edge gene editing technology.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Operate Hamilton Star automated liquid handlers running DNA extraction and PCR based molecular genotyping workflows.
  • Prepare samples and reagents for genotyping.
  • Perform quality control checks.
  • Initiate qPCR reactions and help with data analysis and reporting.
  • Contribute ideas to help identify process gaps and improve process efficiency.


  • B.Sc. degree in Biological Science or Engineering with 0+ years of experience or an AA/HS diploma with 2+ years of experience.
  • Prior experience running automated liquid handlers or similar equipment is desired.
  • Hands on experience with DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR and/or NGS Target Amplicon Resequencing.
  • Process oriented mindset with strong problem solving skills.
  • Excellent sample and data tracking skills, attention to detail, and the ability to record experimental procedures in a clear, accurate manner.
  • Able to follow Standard Operating Procedures and provide feedback to improve process efficiency.
  • Highly proficient in Excel and MS Office suite.
  • Effectively communicates with supervisor through meetings and report writing.
  • Ability to be independent, self-motivated, and enjoy working in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work an early morning to afternoon schedule with possible weekend work.

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: MB2213.