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Associate Director – Molecular Discovery

Location: San Diego, CA
Position Type: Full-Time
Required Education: Ph.D.
Area(s) of Expertise Desired: Plant Biotechnology, Protein Engineering, Molecular Biology, Gene Editing
Job Code: MB2233


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 an Associate Director of Molecular Discovery who will help us to revolutionize plant breeding using our unique, patented gene editing technology. This position will lead Cibus’ in the lab efforts to discover next generation gene editing targets that will improve crop health and agriculture sustainability. The successful applicant will have deep expertise with plant biotechnology and physiology and a demonstrated ability to apply multidisciplinary approaches to protein and trait engineering. Capabilities to rapidly expand discovery efforts across multiple traits and crops along with a strong record of team leadership and enabling success in others are essential. This position offers an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to lead and influence at all levels of a dynamic company focused on cutting edge gene editing technology.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Lead and grow a multidisciplinary discovery team responsible for identifying new gene editing targets for next-generation crop traits such as weed control, sustainability, disease resistance, nitrogen use, and oil quality.
  • Collaborate with Computational Biology to uncover new target opportunities and jump start in lab protein engineering efforts.
  • Define and implement short and long-term objectives to expand discovery efforts into new traits across multiple crop platforms.
  • Integrate with Technology Development and Crop teams to transfer editing targets into the trait production pipeline. Work with Product Development teams to validate traits.
  • Provide leadership, training, and coaching of direct and indirect reports. Enable career development growth by ensuring alignment of individual, team, and company objectives.
  • Be the Molecular Discovery voice across the company and at all levels of management.
  • Identify and manage external interactions with service providers and collaborators.
  • Represent Cibus at academic and professional conferences.


  • Ph.D. degree in Plant Biology or other Biological Science with 12+ years of experience working in a molecular discovery or similar environment.
  • A thought leader in the fields of plant biotechnology and physiology.
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage computational, structural biology, and high-throughput approaches for protein engineering.
  • Deep understanding of molecular biology and gene editing technologies and their application to trait engineering in agriculturally important crops.
  • Strong experience with plant and microbe model systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee all aspects of discovery projects from idea inception to validation.
  • A strong collaborator who can work across diverse teams to drive projects to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage teams of direct and indirect reports to achieve technical and professional growth success. A skilled motivator, capable of influencing at all levels of an organization.
  • Leads by example and has a strong sense of accountability. Willing to work side-by-side with reports while using positive strategies to establish a professional environment of trust, respect, and collaboration.
  • Is driven to empower others to succeed. Prioritizes team and company achievement as the path to individual success.
  • Broad scientific capabilities. Capable of achieving success and influencing across diverse functional areas.
  • Strong proactive communicator with demonstrated success using oral and written strategies to communicate project status and direction. Able to represent Cibus at a range of public forms.

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: MB2233.