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Sr Research Associate, Molecular Discovery

Location: San Diego, California
Position Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: $72,000 - $77,000
Areas of Expertise Desired: Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Plant Biotechnology
Job Code: MB2413


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 Senior Research Associate, Molecular Discovery to help us revolutionize plant breeding using our unique, patented RTDS® gene editing technology. This position will execute lab experiments to help discover next generation gene editing targets that will improve plant health and agricultural sustainability. The successful applicant will have strong Molecular Biology experience with demonstrated molecular cloning expertise, along with a solid understanding of gene editing technology and microbe and/or plant biology. The key responsibility of this position is to independently design and build molecular tools and functional assays for gene editing target discovery in cell, microbial and plant systems. This position will be part of a highly matrixed, cross-functional discovery team with opportunities to interact across protein engineering, plant pathology and analytical chemistry functional teams. This position offers an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to grow and learn in a dynamic environment focused on cutting edge gene editing technology.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Work as a key member of molecular discovery team dedicated to developing next-generation gene edited crop traits such as improved sustainability, plant disease resistance, and oil quality.
  • Independently plan and execute molecular cloning experiments to build DNA constructs, molecular tools and functional complementation assays. Run gene expression and other functional characterization assays in microbe and plant systems.
  • Work with cross functional teams to help uncover and validate new gene editing targets.
  • Communicate project updates in reports and functional team meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Plant Biology, Biochemistry, or related field with 2+ years of experience or M.S. with 0 to 2 years of experience.
  • Strong understanding and demonstrated practical experience with a range of molecular biology technologies including cloning and other DNA/RNA manipulations, PCR, qPCR, and western blotting.
  • Practical experience with functional or other expression assays in microbial and/or plant systems.
  • Understanding and hands-on experience with yeast two-hybrid or other protein interaction technologies is beneficial.
  • Understanding and interest in gene editing technologies and plant biology. Understanding of analytical chemistry methodologies, such as GC and/or HPLC, is beneficial.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply scientific principals and independent technical discretion with experimental design, execution, and interpretation. Can overcome technical challenges with creative solutions.
  • Proactive communicator with demonstrated success using oral and written strategies to communicate project status and direction.
  • Ability to be independent, self-motivated, and successful in a highly collaborative and matrixed work environment.
  • Prior experience working in an agricultural biotech and/or plant biology environment is desired, but not essential.

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 your resume to and put down job code: MB2413.