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Senior Scientist, Synthetic Biology

South Boston, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Dec 12, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
CATALOG is a well-funded, rapidly expanding, Boston-based startup on a mission to preserve and compute on the world's most valuable data. We are growing our team to build CATALOG's DNA-based data storage and computation platform. We are looking for a motivated Senior Scientist with a background in synthetic biology to join our interdisciplinary team of biologists, engineers, and computer scientists to design novel storage and computing architectures and translate them into scalable read/write operations. As part of the newly established Future Technologies group, you will be responsible for building and evaluating novel synthetic biology strategies that help realize the world's first DNA storage and computing platform.

Are you enthusiastic about:

* Building novel tools and technologies at the intersection of synthetic biology and engineering
* Joining a supportive and collegial team with a growth mindset
* Teaching and learning from colleagues of diverse academic/industry backgrounds
* Wearing lots of hats as we pioneer the future of DNA-based data storage and computation

What you will do:

* Leading research and development activities for novel methods to synthesize, sort, modify and read DNA
* Benchmarking new technologies by translating bench protocols to fully automated solutions at scale
* Evaluating new technology capabilities in a data-driven way
* Developing and validating new DNA-based assays at the bench
* Inventing new methods for assembling, manipulating, and sequencing DNA
* Collaborating with hardware and software teams to implement new technologies into the end-to-end platform
* Analyzing data, presenting findings, and making recommendations to internal and external stakeholders
* Continuously assessing current literature for innovation opportunities
* Participating in strategic planning and execution for the company's technology
* Publish peer-reviewed articles and file patents on the team's achievements and ideas

Required soft skills:

* Creative and proactive problem solver
* Quick learner who thrives in a fast-paced startup environment
* Collaborative worker in small, cross-disciplinary teams
* Dependable team player with strong verbal and written communication skills
* Independent planner and executer

Ideal background:

* Ph.D. or M.S. in synthetic biology, bioengineering, biophysics, biochemistry, or a related field with at least 2 years of industry experience
* Demonstrated experience in technology development with ambitious timelines and deliverables
* Extensive experience in the development of novel techniques for nucleic acid manipulation, purification, or sequencing is a must
* Prior successes in scaling up benchtop processes
* Experience with long-read, solid-state, and/or protein sequencing is preferred

· Familiarity with lab automation, software engineering, and computer science, though not required, is a plus

A career at CATALOG will challenge you to think critically and work creatively in order to conquer new problems in an unexplored and groundbreaking field. To do this, we must build an inclusive team with different points of view. CATALOG supports and celebrates diversity in our workforce. We provide competitive compensation packages and benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) with company matching, and unlimited PTO.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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