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Scientist - Synthetic and Systems Genomics - Prolific Machines

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Job Title
Scientist - Synthetic and Systems Genomics
Job Location
Emeryville, CA
Job Description

Prolific Machines is an innovative startup biotech on a mission to accelerate the transition to sustainable agriculture. We believe that we have the only solution to make cultured meat at a price that is competitive with factory farming. We are looking for mission-driven, skilled, and kind people to help create the alternative we need to transition to a more sustainable and healthy future. 

Diversity: We value diverse people, perspectives, and knowledge. To this end, we aim to foster a sense of belonging that enables everyone to bring their whole, authentic self to work everyday. We are committed to growing a diverse and inclusive team that encompasses all types of people. We believe this can only be achieved by acknowledging the ancestral, historic, and current systemic and communal inequities.

The position: 

The Scientist will help build and support the synthetic biology research program at Prolific Machines. The synthetic biology group is expanding a multi-omcis backed cell engineering platform for evolving cell traits that drive Prolific Machine’s cultured meat products. This position will be instrumental in developing and refining our high-throughput evolution platform through domain expertise in cell engineering and functional genomics. They will work cross collaboratively with team members in exploratory and cell biology, hardware engineering, bioprocessing, and materials and data science disciplines to create large and iterative cell engineering screens that produce high performance cell products. This is a unique position and opportunity to leverage quantitative biology in an industrial setting. The role will have scope for technical growth and professional development towards either research management or deep individual contributor tracks with opportunities to mentor and manage early career professionals and interface with company strategy and decision making. 

You should:

  • Have a Ph.D. and 1-2 years of research experience or 7+ years of relevant research experience;
  • Be experienced in mammalian cell engineering using precision methods;
  • Be experienced with modern scSeq/Seq methods and applications thereof;
  • Be committed to team science while driving innovation and building infrastructure independently;
  • Have application and domain expertise in functional genomics;
  • Have some domain expertise in any of cultured meat, stem cell biology, cell differentiation, cancer biology, muscle biology, or adipogenesis;
  • Have strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Be comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

This position description likely contains skills you already have as well as skills you would learn in the role. These skills are not requirements, so if you think you would do a great job at this role then you should apply regardless of whether you fit the above criteria.

Start Date & Location: Emeryville, CA, starting within the next 2 months.

Compensation: Competitive salary (bi-weekly payments), significant stock options (subject to vesting), performance-based bonus, and free lunch and drinks every day!

Benefits: Outstanding Health, Vision & Dental Insurance (including full spouse coverage), coverage of visa and relocation costs, at least one all-expense-paid team holiday per year, fully flexible work hours and unlimited vacation days.

Location: The San Francisco Bay Area (Emeryville)

Compensation: Competitive salary (bi-weekly payments), stock options (subject to vesting), performance-based bonus, and free lunch every day!

Benefits: Outstanding Health, Vision & Dental Insurance (including full spouse coverage), 401k plan with employer contributions, unlimited paid time off.

Evaluation: In lieu of the traditional application process of a CV and cover letter, we would rather give you an opportunity to tell us about yourself on your own terms by answering the below three questions. How you answer these is up to you: in words (narrative or otherwise), video, or visually. However, we do ask that it is concise (e.g less than 200 words for written answers). If applying by video or visually please send your application to

Prolific Machines Headquarters Location

San Francisco, CA

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Prolific Machines Company Size

Between 10 - 20 employees

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Prolific Machines Funding Rounds

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  • Series A

    $42,000,000 USD

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