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Principal Scientist, Molecular Biology

Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking a passionate and creative molecular biologist to become one of the founding members of our growing R&D team. You would help lead the rapid expansion of our revolutionary gene synthesis technology.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, self-driven scientist looking to join a uniquely innovative, rapidly moving, high impact start-up. In addition to working on cutting edge technology, you will help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Invent and develop novel molecular biology techniques related to long DNA assembly and amplification (from 10 to 100 kilobases).
  • Direct molecular biology efforts from research through development to process scale-up, validation, and commercialization.
  • Advise and help solve problems for molecular biology projects across the company.
  • Help hire, mentor, and develop the molecular biology team.
  • Provide useful input on market opportunities for long DNA.

Essential Candidate Profile:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, molecular biology, synthetic biology, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of experience and deep expertise in molecular biology techniques and enzymes, in particular those related to production or manipulation of long DNA.
  • In-depth knowledge of enzymatic gene assembly techniques.
  • Creative problem solver, with a passion for developing and implementing new molecular biology techniques.
  • Strong track record of working in a highly collaborative environment on multidisciplinary projects.

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of synthetic biology applications.
  • Previous experience with devising, troubleshooting, and optimizing protocols on automated instrumentation.
  • Life Science Tools industry experience, preferably in one or more startups.
  • Strong scientific network.

 

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Scientist, Molecular Biology

Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking an intensely passionate and creative molecular biologist to become one of the founding members of our growing R&D team, spearheading the development of our revolutionary gene synthesis technology. As a part of our team, they will play a central role in defining and implementing molecular biology strategies for scalable production of long synthetic DNA.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and self-driven scientist looking to join a uniquely innovative, rapidly moving, high impact start-up.  In addition to working on cutting edge technology, you will help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Invent and develop novel molecular biology techniques related to DNA assembly.
  • Work closely with engineers and external partners to develop protocols for gene synthesis on microfluidic platforms.
  • Lead the molecular biology efforts through the process scale-up, validation and commercialization stages of the project.
  • Develop analytical methodologies to aid product development and work closely with bioinformatics to develop sequencing-based QC techniques.
  • Develop protocols into reproducible standard operating procedures suitable for commercial release and support product documentation.

Essential Candidate Profile:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, molecular biology, synthetic biology, or a related field.
  • Deep expertise in molecular biology techniques. Particularly PCR, gene manipulation, DNA analysis and purification.
  • Experience in solid phase assay chemistry, preferably related to nucleic acid immobilization and amplification.
  • Previous experience in devising, troubleshooting, and optimizing protocols for molecular biology workflows on automated instrumentation.
  • Strong track record of working in a highly collaborative environment on multidisciplinary projects.
  • Self-starter, with a strong passion for developing and implementing new molecular biology techniques.

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge of PCR based gene assembly techniques.
  • In-depth knowledge of PCR troubleshooting of highly multiplexed systems and previous experience with commercialization of PCR based assays.
  • Experience working with biochemical assays on microfluidic devices, especially reactions on solid supports.
  • Basic scripting skills in Python.
  • Working knowledge of synthetic biology techniques, especially de novo gene synthesis, and strong understanding of synthetic biology applications.

 

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Research Associate, Molecular Biology

Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking a talented and passionate Research Associate to join our growing R&D team. As a part of our molecular biology team, they will play an important role in the development of novel molecular biology workflows for synthesis of long DNA molecules.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and self-driven candidate to join a uniquely innovative, rapidly moving, high impact start-up.  In addition to working on cutting edge technology, you will help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers.

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Independently execute and troubleshoot molecular biology projects to support the gene synthesis team.
  • Carry out experiments and gather data in a systematic manner with good laboratory practices.
  • Prepare and clearly communicate experimental methodology and data summaries.
  • Propose and implement optimization and improvements for benchtop workflows.
  • Develop analytical methods for QC of molecular biology protocol steps.
  • Support writing of standard operating procedures and technical product documentation.

Essential Candidate Profile:

  • BA or MS biology or a related field with 3+ years of R&D experience.
  • Previous experience in molecular biology techniques such as PCR and gel electrophoresis.
  • Experience with DNA handling, quantification, and purification.
  • Proficiency in data recording and analysis.
  • Demonstrated eagerness to enhance one’s scientific skills and knowledge by seeking deep understanding of biological processes.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong track record of working in a highly collaborative environment on multidisciplinary projects.

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

  • Extensive hands-on experience with PCR and troubleshooting endpoint and qPCR-based assays.
  • Extensive experience with NGS workflows and library preparation.
  • Previous experience in gene assembly and cloning.

 

 

 

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Production Manager

Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking a pragmatic, effective Production Manager to become one of the founding members of our production team, supporting development of our revolutionary gene synthesis technology. The successful candidate will be responsible for production operations in our production facility, including management of the production team.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated team leader looking to join a uniquely innovative, rapidly moving, high impact start-up.  In addition to taking on the challenges of managing our production team, you will help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers, and professionals.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead production operations for gene synthesis.
    • In partnership with the R&D team, implement new processes in production.
    • Set throughput, cost, and quality goals for production operations.
    • Streamline and optimize production processes.
    • Communicate status to senior management.
  • Manage and grow the production operations team.
    • Hire, train, and support production personnel.
    • Develop workflow policies and procedures to improve efficiency without compromising quality or safety.

Essential Candidate Profile :

  • 2+ years of experience production leadership in life science.
  • Experience with automated liquid handling instrumentation.
  • Experience with new process implementation and operational scaling.
  • Pragmatic, flexible problem solver.
  • Strong track record of production excellence.

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

  • Startup experience.
  • Good network of production personnel.

 

 

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Lab Operations Manager

Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking a pragmatic, effective Lab Operations Manager to become one of the founding members of our growing team, supporting development of our revolutionary gene synthesis technology. As a part of our team, you will cover all of Elegen’s logistics needs as we develop our platform for scalable production of long synthetic DNA. The ideal candidate will build a foundation upon which they can grow an operations team that they would manage, as their scope of work scales.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated self-starter to join a uniquely innovative, rapidly moving, high impact start-up. In addition to taking on a big responsibility, you will help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists, engineers, and professionals.

Essential Responsibilities: Handle all logistics for our R&D and Production facility

Production

  • Maintain stocks of production supplies (reagents, tips, plates, packaging…)
    • Analyze historical trends and forecast from orders and internal needs
    • Order materials
    • Troubleshoot and resolve vendor issues
  • Receive and disposition incoming materials
    • Capture incoming vendor QC data and certificates of compliance
  • Ship outgoing product
    • Work with operations to set shipping methods
    • Stock shipping supplies
    • Arrange for shipping of orders
    • Update system with tracking information

R&D

  • Maintain stocks of common use supplies (reagents, tips, gloves)
    • Analyze historical trends and forecast internal needs
    • Order materials
    • Troubleshoot and resolve vendor issues
  • Receive, disposition, and stock incoming materials
  • Manage lab instrumentation including troubleshooting, calibration and updates
  • Create best practices and maintain SOPs for the usage and cleaning of lab instruments and space

Facility

  • Maintain stocks of standard supplies (coffee, snacks, office supplies)
  • Receive and disposition incoming materials
  • Interface with external vendors and contractors to manage the facility (i.e. office furniture, internet access, electrical, HVAC, janitorial service, light construction)

Essential Candidate Profile:
● 5+ years experience in tech or life science tools industry operations or logistics.
● Pragmatic, flexible problem solver
● Strong track record of working in a highly collaborative environment on multidisciplinary projects.
● Experience as a supervisor or manager of a team.
● Startup experience

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:
● Previous experience supporting automated liquid handling
● Good network of contacts for external vendors & contractors
● Experience with operational scaling and new process implementation.

 

 

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Production Associate

Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking a Production Associate passionate about advancing biology to help execute and improve our manufacturing processes. As part of our operations team, you
will play a central role in bringing our groundbreaking technology for scalable production of long, perfect synthetic DNA to market.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, dedicated, and driven candidate looking to join a uniquely innovative, rapidly moving, high impact start-up. In addition to working on cutting edge technology, you will help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Execute production operations according to defined procedures in a high throughput lab while maintaining product quality and reliability.
  • Operate automated laboratory equipment including liquid handlers, high throughput DNA analyzers, thermocyclers, and DNA sequencers.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed documentation of production runs and deviations in appropriate information management systems and batch records.
  • Draft and review manufacturing SOPs, work instructions, and production batch records.
  • Perform routine maintenance and minor troubleshooting of production equipment.
  • Perform production inventory management and prepare product for final shipment.
  • Participate in continuous improvement process, identify processing gaps and help implement new technologies.

Essential Candidate Profile:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, or a related field.
  • 2+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

  • Experience with operation of liquid handling robots.
  • Experience with PCR, nucleic acid purification and NGS library prep\.
  • Experience in startup environment – ability to anticipate and adapt to change and maintain order.
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Senior Talent Acquisition Partner

Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking an experienced talent acquisition professional to manage the full lifecycle of our recruiting process, while also helping to design, implement and scale our talent strategy as the company matures.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for an experienced player-coach looking to take their skills to the next level at a fast moving, very high impact start-up.  In addition to helping to build the Elegen team, you will partner with Elegen’s Head of People to create a HR function that nurtures a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with managers to define position requirements, develop job descriptions.
  • Define and execute a sourcing strategy for each position (database searches, advertising, social media, targeted events).
  • Design and manage the overall candidate experience:
      • Engagement of both active and passive candidates
      • Candidate screening
      • Facilitation of interview, selection and offer process
      • Reference checks
      • Onboarding coordination
  • Track and analyze key recruiting metrics.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant employment laws and regulations.
  • Stay abreast of recruiting trends and best practices.
  • Define and execute a strategy for scaling Talent Acquisition at Elegen.
  • Manage relationships with external recruiters, search firms and vendors.
  • Collaborate with the Head of People to develop and scale other areas of HR at Elegen.

Essential Candidate Profile :

  • 6+ years of work experience as a Recruiter in the Life Sciences or related field
  • Familiarity with HR databases, applicant tracking systems and candidate management systems
  • Confident in various forms of active outreach and networking (email, warm calls, messaging campaigns, academic/career development centers)
  • Direct experience with various selection processes (video interviewing, phone interviewing, etc.)
  • Ability to understand, communicate and adapt key messages about the company’s mission and vision according to the interests of potential candidates.
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Comfortable making decisions independently

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field
  • Previous startup experience.
  • Self-starter with ability to resolve ambiguity to achieve good outcomes
  • Leadership / management experience
  • Experience in other areas of HR and/or talent management
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Talent Acquisition Partner

Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy. Through unique insight and innovation Elegen can produce DNA in ≤1 week that is 10x longer and 20x more accurate than any available methods, letting scientists everywhere streamline and accelerate their work.

We are seeking an experienced talent acquisition professional to manage the full lifecycle of our recruiting process.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to establish yourself as a talent advisor and recruiting expert at a fast moving, very high impact start-up.  In addition to helping to build the Elegen team, you will help us nurture a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with managers to define position requirements, develop job descriptions.
  • Define and execute a sourcing strategy for each position (database searches, advertising, social media, targeted events).
  • Design and manage the overall candidate experience:
      • Engagement of both active and passive candidates
      • Candidate screening
      • Facilitation of interview, selection and offer process
      • Reference checks
      • Onboarding coordination
  • Track and analyze key recruiting metrics.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant employment laws and regulations.
  • Collaborate to help scale Talent Acquisition at Elegen.

Essential Candidate Profile :

  • 3+ years of work experience as a Recruiter in the Life Sciences or related field
  • Familiarity with HR databases, applicant tracking systems and candidate management systems
  • Confident in various forms of active outreach and networking (email, warm calls, messaging campaigns, academic/career development centers)
  • Direct experience with various selection processes (video interviewing, phone interviewing, etc.)
  • Ability to understand, communicate and adapt key messages about the company’s mission and vision according to the interests of potential candidates.
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • Comfortable making decisions independently

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field
  • Previous startup experience.
  • Self-starter with ability to resolve ambiguity to achieve good outcomes
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