Associate Director, Functional Genomics

Associate Director, Functional Genomics
San Francisco, CA

Our client’s mission is to enable pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to bring more cell and gene therapies to patients. Their rapidly growing and cross disciplinary team consists of creative bioengineers and synthetic biologists working alongside data scientists to create cutting-edge solutions to problems in gene therapy.


  • Lead integration of new technologies and emerging practices to both drive innovation and develop improved workflows.
  • Support resource management and project planning across the Functional Genomics team and the broader Synthetic Biology team.
  • Aid in building and manage the Functional Genomics Team through recruiting, mentoring, and retaining a multidisciplinary team of world-class scientists.
  • Direct, manage, and provide technical direction in functional genomics and associated methods within mammalian systems, to multiple scientists working on various projects to reliably meet project deadlines.
  • Guide the troubleshooting of complex functional genomics and pooled screening challenges within the functional genomics group and on the broader Biology team, through the application of industry best practices.
  • Collaborate regularly with other groups 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 functional genomics group. 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 the cell engineering group in a timely manner.
  • Influence and support overall direction as a company as well as its evolving needs and company culture, as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in synthetic biology, molecular biology, bioengineering, cell biology or related field.
  • Extensive) experience across academia and industry, engineering genomes and mammalian cell lines in a functional genomics context.
  • 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 functional genomics and pooled screening methodologies.
  • Deep expertise and experience with assays, methods and accompanying data formats used in molecular biology and the engineering of mammalian systems (e.g., CHO, HEK293).
  • Deep expertise and experience applying next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies in a functional genomics context.
  • 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 Qualifications:

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