Research Scientist, Molecular Biology

Twist Bioscience
Job Location
San Francisco, CA
Job Description

Programmable DNA, the software of life, is finally here! Twist Bioscience is developing a disruptive Synthetic DNA technology that will change the world, enabling widespread health and sustainability. Synthetic biologists will use our products to engineer how organisms produce cures to diseases, everyday chemicals are made using the atmosphere as the carbon source, plants make their own fertilizers, in-vivo diagnostics will alert us when we are sick, and many more applications.

As a member of the R&D Bio/Chem team, the candidate 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, and NGS-based QC. The candidate 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.



  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or a closely-related field with minimal 3 years of relevant R&D experience in the field of molecular biology.
  • Must have strong background in molecular biology techniques including DNA purification, DNA quantification, PCR/qPCR, enzymatic assays, and molecular cloning.
  • Experience working with bacteria, cloning, strain constructions using genetic methods.
  • Experience with Next Gen Sequencing (NGS) and sample preparation for NGS.
  • Synthetic biology technology and method development experience is highly desired.
  • Experience working with a LIMS database is highly desired.
  • Experience with liquid handling systems and automation tools is highly desired.
  • Excellent communication skills. Proficient in writing, and communicating in English. Able to present data effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Respectful and open to other’s 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.
  • Self-motivated and passionate about your work.
  • A desire to grow with a fast-paced, highly-collaborative, multidisciplinary team
How to Apply

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About Our Organization

At Twist Bioscience, our expertise is accelerating science and innovation by leveraging the power of scale. We have developed a proprietary semiconductor-based synthetic DNA manufacturing process featuring a 10,000-well high throughput silicon platform capable of producing synthetic biology tools, including genes, oligonucleotide pools and variant libraries. 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, which in turn, expedites the design, build, test cycle to enable personalized medicines, pharmaceuticals, sustainable chemical production, improved agriculture production, 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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