Research Associate, Assay Research

South San Francisco /
Diagnostics /
Mammoth Biosciences is harnessing the diversity of nature to power the next generation of CRISPR products. Through the discovery and development of novel CRISPR systems, the company is enabling the full potential of its platform to read and write the code of life. Mammoth aims to democratize disease detection with an easy and affordable point-of-care test that allows real-time and simultaneous detection of multiple conditions. By leveraging its internal research and development and exclusive licensing to Cas12, Cas13 and Cas14, Mammoth can provide enhanced diagnostics and genome editing for life science research, healthcare, agriculture, biodefense and more. Based in San Francisco, Mammoth Biosciences is co-founded by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna and principal founders Trevor Martin, Janice Chen, and Lucas Harrington. The firm is backed by top institutional investors including Mayfield, NFX, and 8VC, Decheng and leading individual investors including Brook Byers, Tim Cook, and Jeff Huber.
Mammoth is seeking a Research Associate with experience in molecular diagnostics or CRISPR technologies to join its CRISPR Diagnostic team. The ideal candidate will have experience with in vitro assay development, nucleic acid extraction and amplification techniques. Furthermore, the candidate will be comfortable working as part of a team, be highly motivated, and display excellent time management skills.


    • Assist in developing, validating, and improving the performance of diagnostic assays
    • Independently plan and execute hands-on-experiments for nucleic acid extraction, amplification, and related assays
    • Rigorously document experiments in lab notebook and regularly present experimental results at internal meetings
    • Clearly communicate project status and discuss next steps with supervisor and other members of the diagnostic team
    • Resolve problems by examining and evaluating data and selecting corrective steps


    • 1+ years of wet lab experience
    • Experience performing, optimizing and analyzing results from PCR, qPCR, and/or isothermal amplification
    • Bachelors or Masters degree in the field of biology (molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, etc.)


    • Industry experience with molecular diagnostics and diagnostic devices
    • Familiarity with CRISPR-Cas systems
    • Experience with DNA and RNA extraction methods


    • Competitive salary with equity
    • Company-paid health/vision/dental benefits
    • Unlimited vacation and generous sick time
    • Free breakfast/lunch/dinner/barista
    • Free gym
    • Public transportation commuter subsidy
    • 401(k) matching