Sr. Associate Scientist, Molecular Biology and Microbial Strain Engineering

La Jolla, California, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Position Overview:

Synthorx, a Sanofi company, is a bio-pharmaceuticals company creating improved biologic medicines to patients with serious illness, including cancer and autoimmune disease. Synthorx has developed a revolutionary synthetic biology technology based on microbial cells that utilize a six-letter, semi-synthetic DNA code to discover and produce engineered protein-based medicines. We are a small team with a proven track record of taking drugs from ideas to the clinic. We seek a dynamic and motivated Senior Research Associate or Associate Scientist to join our team developing new drug discovery programs and the next generation of our technology. The ideal candidate will bring strong experience in molecular biology and protein expression, and a strong desire to make a positive impact.

Target scientific disciplines: molecular biology, synthetic biology, biochemistry, and microbiology (example skills include molecular biology, DNA assembly, strain engineering, and protein expression/analysis).

Key Responsibilities:
  • This position will be integral to our strain design and engineering group, participating directly in the early-stage drug discovery process.
  • Regular activities will include the design, planning, performance, and analysis of molecular biology and protein expression studies to assess and optimize the production of therapeutic protein candidates using the Synthorx technology.
  • We hope to bring in an individual with strong scientific initiative and detail-oriented/analytical approach to science.
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to effectively work within a dynamic and collaborative environment and make individual contributions of high impact.

Basic Qualifications:
  • B.S., M.S. in bioengineering, microbiology, molecular biology, or a closely related field, and a minimum of 2 years of post-graduate experience in industry or academia.
  • Must have permanent US work authorization

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge and practical experience in the following areas is particularly advantageous:
  • Command and experience in DNA molecular assembly methods
  • Experience with protein expression construct design and optimization
  • Testing and optimizing recombinant protein expression in microbial hosts
  • Development or application of higher-throughput methodologies for protein expression screening
  • Creative and innovative scientist with a drive to generate and translate new ideas into practical advances
  • Self-motivated and independent, but demonstrated ability to coordinate and work well as part of a research team
  • Analytical and detail oriented, with strong organizational skills is critical
  • Ability to work well in sight of aggressive timelines and excellence in multitasking

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.


At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.

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