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SYNTHETIC BIOLOGIST

About us

Traitology is an early stage, integrated, digital biology company with a streamlined pipeline for creation of value-added products. By embracing a philosophy that is technology-agnostic, we dedicate all our energy towards discovery and accelerated development of crop varieties to produce higher yields, to show resilience in the face of changing climate, emerging pests, and diseases.  We leverage unique crop genetics, computational biology and new breeding technologies like genome editing to scale new product development focused on improving productivity in the field and making agriculture more sustainable.

Positions:  Multiple

Hiring levels: Scientist/Associate Scientist-I, II or III

LOCATION

Research Triangle Park, NC

EMPLOYMENT TYPE

Full-time

The Role

  • Scientist/Associate Scientist- Synthetic Biology, is a hands-on, lab-based role for a highly organized, motivated, and results-oriented scientist to join our rapidly growing team of Traitologists. 

  • We are looking for individuals with deep experience in molecular biology/synthetic biology, to develop a design-build-test-learn pipeline.

  • The right candidate will bring an analytical mindset to help design workflows to enable rapid discovery, trait creation, and validation of our target discovery pipeline. 

  • We are assembling a team of great minds to redefine the speed of innovation in agriculture and feed a hungry planet.  If you have what it takes and are looking to grow your career in a fast-paced company, we’d love to hear from you.  

  • This role reports to: Director, Synthetic Biology

The Responsibility

  • Perform molecular cloning, including but not limited to construct purification, vector construction, nucleic acid preparation, sequencing, QC, and interpretation

  • Design and builds bacterial and plant systems to deliver and characterize payloads in vivo.

  • Participates in developing efficient and streamlined strategies for rapid testing of genetic payloads and delivery systems in plants

  • Responsible for developing genetic payload libraries and archives to facilitate rapid and iterative prototyping of payloads and delivery systems. 

  • Maintain detailed and organized records of protocols and project data

  • Collaborate with team to troubleshoot and develop optimized workflows

  • Accountable for maintaining highest scientific standards and ethical integrity

  • Responsible for upholding a positive image of Traitology at scientific meetings and other external engagements

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.), Master’s degree (M.S.) or equivalent in molecular biology, synthetic biology, microbiology, plant biology, or a related field

  • A doctoral degree or >5 years hands-on experience in the industry is preferred for the Scientist position.

  • 2-5 years of post-graduate experience in academia or industry is required.

  • Extensive experience in molecular techniques (PCR, qPCR, primer design, nucleic acid purification, bacterial/yeast transformation and screening, gel electrophoresis, ELISA) is required

  • Hands-on experience with Golden Gate and Gibson assembly is required

  • Experience with molecular biology software and ELN is preferred

  • Experience with high-throughput lab automation is a plus

  • Excellent planning, organizational and execution is a critical skillset

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; interact effectively with peers

  • Enthusiasm for new challenges, innate curiosity, and problem-solving

  • A collaborative mindset that is open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback.

Benefits

  • A fun, fast-paced and collaborative work environment with a flat org-structure

  • Highly competitive salary and bonus

  • Excellent medical and retirement benefits

  • Employer contribution to Health Savings Account (HSA)

  • Free Dental and Vision coverage for individuals and families

  • Flexible paid time off (FPTO) program and paid parental leave

  • Wellness benefits, company retreats, lunches and more.

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