Associate Director, DNA Assays

Associate Director, DNA Assays

San Francisco, CA

 

Our client’s mission is to enable pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to bring more cell and gene therapies to patients.

 

Responsibilities

  • Lead integration of new technologies and emerging practices to both drive innovation and develop improved workflows.
  • Support resource management and project planning across the broader Biology team.
  • Aid in building and managing the DNA team through recruiting, mentoring, and retaining a multidisciplinary team of world-class scientists.
  • Direct, manage, and provide technical direction to multiple scientists working on various projects to reliably meet project deadlines.
  • Guide the troubleshooting of complex challenges within the DNA team and on the broader Biology team, through the application of industry best practices.
  • Collaborate regularly with other teams on experimental design, interpretation of data, and rigorous tracking and recalibration of project timelines and goals.
  • Design, execute and oversee experimental efforts for projects in the DNA team. This is a hybrid role that will include both bench work and management / mentorship.
  • Communicate experimental and project progress to leadership.
  • Collaborate with the Operations team and other teams to secure experimental resources to complete experiments in a timely manner.
  • Influence and support overall direction as a company as well as its evolving needs and company culture, as needed.

 

About You

  • PhD in synthetic biology, molecular biology, bioengineering, cell biology or related field.
  • 8-12 years of experience engineering genomes across academia and industry.
  • Proven track record of mentoring and leading scientists to meet project goals and deadlines.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, with the ability to systematically oversee / advance multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully communicate and collaborate with cross-functional and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively convey project plans and complex technical information to a wide range of internal teams and leadership.
  • Deep expertise and experience with high-throughput cloning, sequence analysis, and construct design for mammalian synthetic biology.
  • Deep expertise and experience with assays, methods and accompanying data formats used in molecular biology.
  • Ability to context-switch between big picture / project planning and deep technical discussions, in a flexible and adaptable manner.
  • Ability to work with teams in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with a wide array of personalities, backgrounds, and work styles.
  • Detail oriented

Preferred

  • Familiarity with laboratory automation.
  • Familiarity with data analysis platforms (e.g., Python, R).