Research Associate

Twist Bioscience
Job Location
San Francisco, CA 94158
Job Description

Twist Bioscience is an exciting San Francisco based (Mission Bay area) start-up company with a disruptive expertise in Synthetic DNA. Twist Bioscientists are helping scientists change the world by developing applications of Synthetic DNA that address health and sustainability problems based on innovative and high-throughput technologies. We are growing and are looking for an outstanding individual to fill our Research Associate, R&D position.   

As a member of the R&D Bio/Chem team, Research Associate will support the R&D molecular biology team developing custom DNA-based applications and assays for synthetic biology including high-throughput gene synthesis, high-throughput cloning process, NGS-based QC, etc. The Research Associate will also work with hardware engineers on implementation of processes developed by the R&D team, and work with database engineers on LIMS development for data tracking.



Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or closely-related field with a minimum of 4 years of industry experience; or Master’s degree with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong background in molecular biology techniques including DNA purification, DNA quantification, PCR/qPCR, enzymatic assays, and molecular cloning.
  • Excellent communication skills. Proficient in writing, and communicating in the English language; able to present data effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Respectful and open to others’ views; contribute to building a positive team spirit.
  • Excellent documentation skills. Able to prepare documents including data summaries, technical and analytical reports, and transfer the procedures to manufacturing.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivated and passionate about your work.

Preferred Skills:

  • Direct experience with Next Gen Sequencing and sample preparation for NGS.
  • Experience working with a LIMS database .
  • Experience with liquid handling systems and automation tools.
How to Apply

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About Our Organization

Twist Bioscience is a privately-held venture-backed company. The two key investors are ARCH Venture Partners and Paladin Capital Group. The founders of Twist Bioscience are proven entrepreneurs and innovators in the genomics field. Our expertise is synthetic DNA. We have developed a proprietary semiconductor-based synthetic DNA manufacturing process featuring a 10,000-well silicon platform capable of producing synthetic biology tools, such as oligonucleotides, genes, pathways, chassis and genomes. By synthesizing DNA on silicon instead of on traditional 96-well plastic plates, our platform overcomes the current inefficiencies of synthetic DNA production, and enables cost-effective, rapid, high-quality and high throughput synthetic gene production. The Twist Bioscience platform has the potential to greatly accelerate the development of personalized medicine, sustainable chemical production, improved agriculture production as well as new applications such as in vivo diagnostics, biodetection and data storage. For more information, please visit Twist Bioscience is on Twitter. Sign up to follow our Twitter feed @TwistBioscience at

Twist Bioscience is an equal opportunity and an e-verify employer.

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