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Research Specialist

Location: San Diego, California
Position Type: Full-Time
Required Education: M.S. or B.S with equivalent experience
Area(s) of Expertise Desired: Recombinant Protein Expression and Characterization, Genome Editing, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology
Job Code: TD2144


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 Research Specialist to help us to revolutionize plant breeding.


The ideal candidate will have a M.S. degree in Biological Sciences or in a related discipline with a minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in a research and/or development environment and demonstrated working knowledge of recombinant protein production/QC/analysis, molecular biology techniques; or its equivalent. The candidate is expected to work independently with minimal supervision.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Assist/lead research projects involving custom recombinant protein expression, purification, and analytical characterization.
  • Assist in the development, refinement, and optimization of gene editing reagents to advance Cibus’s core technologies.
  • Execute research plans and experiments on a daily basis.
  • Manage resource and supervise personnel as needed for projects and experiments.
  • Recognize and identify IP values from research ideas and activities.
  • Follow standard operating procedures and troubleshooting related procedures.
  • Utilize a broad suite of general, theoretical, and practical molecular biology techniques to complete assigned tasks.
  • Communicate research findings through written reports and oral presentations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be independent, self-motivated, and enjoy working in a highly collaborative setting.

Knowledge, Experience, & Skills:

  • Direct hands-on experience in recombinant protein expression, purification, and characterization, using microbial, insect and/or plant systems is required. Familiarity with AKTA or equivalent systems is preferred.
  • Prior industry experience in agriculture or plant biology, or willingness to quickly transition into an industrial setting of scientific research is preferred.
  • Prior experience and/or knowledge of genome editing, preferably in plant systems is a plus.
  • Experience in bioinformatics including sequence analysis, structure-function analysis, protein modeling and protein engineering is a plus.
  • Broad scientific capabilities within plant molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology.
  • Ability to design and execute research projects independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Highly proficient in MS Office Suite.
  • Strong organizational skills, accurate record keeping, and attention to detail.
  • Strong foundation in following SOPs. Able to develop SOPs and perform troubleshooting on procedures.

Core capabilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially communicating with other groups within the company.
  • Strong organizational and motivational skills, accurate record keeping, and attention to detail.
  • Able to use judgment and make routine recommendations for resolving problems in moderately complex assignments.
  • Highly proficient in MS Office Suite.
  • Ability to adapt to minor changes in routine to achieve objectives.

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: TD2144.