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Senior Research Specialist

Location: San Diego, California
Position Type: Full-Time
Required Education: Ph.D. or M.S. with related experience
Area(s) of Expertise Desired: Gene editing, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry
Job Code: TD2249


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 to help us to revolutionize plant breeding.


The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. or M.S. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline with 2+ years (Ph.D.) or 4+ years (M.S.) of industry experience. The candidate would have a strong working knowledge of molecular biology techniques, gene editing methods and an understanding of protein-nucleic acid biochemistry as well as strong organizational skills. The candidate will work as a project lead and will supervise a small team of junior scientists.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Lead ideation and strategic planning for a subset of gene editing concept testing projects through management of a small team of junior researchers.
  • Assist in methods to identify and characterize novel gene editing concepts through experimental design and data mining.
  • Accurately and timely record, document, analyze and communicate laboratory data to senior staff and team members.
  • Recognize and identify IP values from research ideas and activities.
  • Communicate research findings through written reports and oral presentations.
  • Create and manage SOPs for all relevant workflows and/or methodologies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be independent, self-motivated, and enjoy working in a highly collaborative setting.

Knowledge, Experience, & Skills:

  • Strong working knowledge of gene editing literature and techniques, molecular biology and related laboratory techniques and design of experiments.
  • Experience with cloning, plasmid construction and related methods is a plus.
  • Computer and scripting skills (Geneious, CLC Genomics Workbench, SQL, R, python) is highly desired.
  • Prior industry experience in agriculture or plant biology is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills, excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly motivated with strong work ethics. Ability to work efficiently and productively in a fast-paced highly collaborative team environment.

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: TD2249.