Research Associate - Molecular Biology

Precision BioSciences - Durham, NC


Precision BioSciences is seeking a detail oriented molecular biologist with recent laboratory experience for a Research Associate position. The position will require routine cloning, DNA preparation, and manipulation of bacterial and mammalian cells. The candidate must be a fast learner, meticulous, and have a track record of successful bench work. The position is working closely with a large, friendly team in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. This list contains the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform role-related duties other than those contained in this document.

As a member of the Core Technology team, the Research Associate will be responsible for:

Cloning a variety of constructs into plasmid DNA
Plasmid DNA purification
Genomic DNA purification
Library preparation for Next Generation Sequencers (NGS)
Generation of electrocompetent bacteria
Generation of mRNA
Transfection of mammalian cell culture with mRNA and DNA
Work with automation
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job successfully.

BA or BS in biological science with 3+ years of relevant laboratory bench work experience, or MS in biological science with 1+ years of relevant laboratory bench work experience, or equivalent training and experience required
Demonstrated experience with DNA cloning and isolation required
Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office software; DNA analysis software such as Sequencher and web-based programs such as BLAST and Align required
Experience with library set up for NGS deep sequencing or automation is highly preferred but not required
Language Ability

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.
Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
Ability to clearly present results to managers.
Math Ability

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.
Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis.
Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases.
Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee could potentially encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.
The employee is frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and vibration.
The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and risk of electrical shock.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.
The employee is frequently required to stand and sit.
The employee is occasionally required to walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.
Travel Requirements

Minimal travel may be required for this position (0-5%)
Precision BioSciences’ mission and vision is to translate the world’s most powerful genome editing technology into greatly needed products throughout the life sciences, by being the conduit through which the greatest genome engineering challenges are solved. Precision’s wholly proprietary ARCUS genome editing platform enables the production of highly specific nucleases that can insert, remove, and modify DNA at essentially any location in a complex genome. Through our ARCUS platform, we are developing genome editing-based products to address critical needs in oncology, genetic disease, agriculture, and beyond. For additional information, please visit

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