Cell Design Associate - Bacteria

Asimov’s Cell Design Team programs living cells to achieve previously impossible applications across biotechnology.

Position: We are seeking a full-time Cell Design Associate to engineer bacteria with unconventional functions. You will work closely with the Cell Design Director and use the latest molecular biology, quantitative cell measurement, and -omics analysis techniques. The ideal candidate is obsessed with the question of how to best engineer complex biological systems. This is a unique opportunity to work at a nimble, forward-thinking synthetic biology startup and help build the foundation for engineering biology.

As part of the Cell Design Team, you will:

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


  • B.S. in Biological Engineering, Biology, or a related field
  • 1+ years of experience doing research in an academic or industry lab setting
  • Skilled in molecular biology and microbiology methods
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Training in computational modeling of biological systems a plus
  • Experience in flow cytometry, transcriptomics, and analytical techniques a plus
  • Experience with gene editing techniques a plus

About us: We’re fueled by a vision to transition synthetic biology to a fully-fledged engineering discipline. You will grow with a dynamic organization, and push the frontiers of biological engineering. Culture is key to Asimov - we believe that our mission can only be achieved by a diverse team that brings a mixture of perspectives to creating a future powered by engineered biology.


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