Scientist, Molecular Biology

Scientist, Molecular Biology 150 150 checkerspot

Title: Scientist, Molecular Biology

Type: Full-Time

Location: Berkeley, CA

Supervisor: Senior Director, Molecular Biology

We seek an enthusiastic, team oriented, problem solver to join our Molecular Biology group as a Scientist. Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing tools through interrogation of WGS and transcriptomic data to enable engineering of platform organisms
  • Designing and executing on molecular genetic strategies to improve strain phenotypes including productivity, yield and production of novel molecules
  • Representing the molecular biology team in R&D and partner meetings by presenting data from routine experiments, development and qualification efforts
  • Working closely with strain and fermentation development teams to assess impacts of strain engineering on key performance metrics
  • Preparing and reviewing SOPs to document method development
  • Assisting in preparation of written examples for IP and regulatory filings


  • 3+ years of industry experience or at least 4 years of post-graduate training with demonstrable complex problem-solving experience 
  • Supervisory experience highly desired but not essential
  • Experience with standard molecular biology/molecular genetic techniques
  • Experience with developing new, robust screening tools and marker-less transformation strategies desirable
  • Experience and expertise around the development of highly quantitative assays
  • Command of biochemistry principles and concepts
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with scientific peers AND executive partners
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and a genuine desire to both work at the bench and supervise others to drive projects forward
  • Committed to safety in a laboratory environment
  • Ability to manage large datasets and draw conclusions from them

Checkerspot offers its employees a competitive benefits and compensation package.

Checkerspot is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.

For consideration, please submit your résumé and brief cover letter: