Scientist/Senior Scientist, Mammalian Synthetic Biology



Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Our mission at Asimov is to advance humanity's ability to design living systems, enabling biotechnologies with outsized benefit to society. We're developing a mammalian synthetic biology platform––from cells to software––to enable the design and manufacture of next-generation therapeutics.
We are seeking a full-time Scientist or Senior Scientist, Mammalian Synthetic Biology to program mammalian cells using state-of-the-art genetic engineering and analysis techniques. The ideal candidate is driven by the question of how to engineer and understand complex biological systems. This is a unique opportunity to work at a nimble, forward-thinking synthetic biology startup and help build the foundation for biological engineering.

As part of the Synthetic Biology Team, you will:

  • Design, build, and test innovative genetic platforms and programs in mammalian cells for therapeutic applications
  • Create experimental workflows and collect quantitative measurements for engineered cells including flow cytometry and multiomics techniques
  • Analyze and distill insight from complex molecular data streams
  • Collaborate frequently with the Software Team to incorporate biological design principles and experimental datasets into the computational pipeline
  • Communicate methods and results with other scientists, industry executives, and academic researchers
  • Organize and document experiments, genetic designs, and data
  • Work effectively as part of a multifunctional team in support of a synthetic biology design platform


  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in Biological Engineering, Molecular Biology, or a related field
  • 5+ years of experience doing research in an academic or industry lab setting
  • Skilled in molecular biology and cell culture techniques
  • Skilled in plasmid design, construction, and testing
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Quantitative data analysis expertise
  • Experience in flow cytometry, -omics, and analytical techniques a plus
  • Experience with bioproduction and GMP regulation a plus
  • Experience with gene editing techniques a plus
We're fueled by a vision to transform biological engineering into a fully-fledged engineering discipline. Should you join our team, you will grow with a constantly evolving organization and push the frontiers of synthetic biology. Company culture is key to Asimov, and ours is a culture of recombination; we believe that our mission can only be achieved by bringing together a diverse team with a mixture of backgrounds and perspectives.