Research Associate

San Francisco Bay Area /
Genomics /
Full-time, temporary
/ On-site
Pattern Ag is an agricultural technology company leveraging advances in genomics, data science, and microbiology to help farmers improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of their land. By applying genomic analysis to farm soil, we unlock a wide range of predictive insights that help farmers improve their soil health and optimize their spend on seed, crop protection, and fertility inputs. Combining these insights with the latest in digital sensing, data science, and machine learning, we are ushering in the era of predictive agriculture, powering on-farm decision making for millions of acres, and billions in crop spend.

Our team is seeking a Research Associate with a molecular biology background to support high throughput commercial and R&D sequencing activities. This is an excellent position in biotechnology for those who would like to work in a fast-paced startup. You will have an opportunity to gain experience with state-of-the-art technologies and interdisciplinary approaches. 

This is a temporary full-time position of 40+ hours a week. Work is achieved during 8-hour work days, Monday through Friday and weekend days when necessary. 

Start Date: Immediately upon completion of pre-hire requirements.

Duration: This a temporary position with an estimated end date of December 15, 2023.

Compensation: The hourly rate is $25.00 per hour. If the successful candidate completes the full duration of the engagement, a 15% bonus will be paid on all earnings.


    • Maintain clean and organized work environment throughout all phases of experiments
    • Conduct experiments based on established protocols with meticulous record keeping
    • Perform high-throughput DNA extraction processes from various starting materials
    • Use liquid handlers to prepare and process high throughput qPCR analyses
    • Library prep and sequencing for whole genome shotgun sequencing
    • Coordinate with upstream and downstream teams to maintain short turnaround times

Skills & Special Requirements

    • Must be able to multitask and work in a fast paced environment
    • Must be able to occasionally lift up to 50 lb
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Required Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology or related field either completed or in-process
    • 1 year hands on experience with molecular techniques including PCR and nucleic acid extraction
    • Familiarity with principles of Next Generation Sequencing technologies

The characteristics described below are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • While performing duties of this job, will be required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop or kneel, and use fingers and hands.
    • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
    • Job will be performed in a lab environment. 
    • Dress is casual and Protective Personal Equipment is supplied as well as lab coats.
$25 - $25 an hour
Thank you for considering Pattern Ag. We look forward to reviewing your application!