Director, Cell Engineering

Director, Cell Engineering
San Francisco, CA


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



  • 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 Cell Engineering 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 cell engineering challenges within the Cell Engineering 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 Cell Engineering 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.
  • 12+ years of experience across academia and industry, engineering genomes and mammalian cell lines.
  • 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 the engineering of mammalian systems (e.g., CHO, HEK293).
  • Deep expertise and experience with assays, methods and accompanying data formats used in molecular biology and mammalian synthetic 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.


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