Chief of Staff

Emeryville, California
Operations /
Full time /
Prolific Machines is ushering in a new era of biotechnology with light. We harness light to produce everyday essentials more efficiently, from food and lifesaving drugs to novel biosolutions. Our first-of-its-kind photomolecular biology platform delivers unprecedented control, precisely guiding cellular behavior when and where it matters most. Unlike existing tools used to control biology, our technology unlocks dynamic control over virtually any cellular function in any cell type. We're enabling partners to unlock robust efficiency, quality, reproducibility, and sustainability advantages across pharmaceuticals, nutritional and therapeutic proteins, cellular agriculture, and more. Prolific is supported by leading investors, including Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Mayfield and SOSV.

Help us create a brighter tomorrow with biology. We're looking for mission-driven, talented, and kind people to join our team.

About this Job

    • As the Chief of Staff for the CEO at Prolific Machines, you will tackle critical challenges that are pivotal to the success of Prolific. You'll be instrumental in shaping strategy for the next phase of growth for a high-performing organization that is shaping the future of biology.


    • Your responsibility is simple: creatively solve any problem that gets thrown your way with relentless execution.
    • You will serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO and rest of the leadership team, providing insights and support on strategic business decisions. 
    • You will take ownership of different stakeholder communication efforts, including board meetings, staff meetings, and other key company events.
    • You will be instrumental in scoping and executing on special projects.

About you

    • 7-10 years experience including as a Chief of Staff is a must. Previous experience in management consulting,  strategy,  product management, operations are also desired. If you have operated in a high growth environment and in biotechnology that is a plus.
    • You are entrepreneurial, with a high tolerance for ambiguity and complexity, and efficient with limited resources. Bonus points if you’ve fundraised or taken bio/deeptech products to market. 
    • You are a proactive self-starter, with the ability to make decisions in a fast-paced, changing environment and to anticipate future needs.
    • You are an exceptional facilitator with the proven ability to hold difficult conversations with empathy. You are able to build deep levels of trust with executives, external partners, and staff at all levels. 
    • You have exceptional project management and prioritization skills, and enjoy juggling multiple projects at once.
    • You communicate with ease, both verbally and in writing. 
    • BS in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, or related fields is plus. 
$150,000 - $200,000 a year
Diversity: We value diverse people, perspectives, and knowledge. To this end, we aim to foster a sense of belonging that enables everyone to bring their whole, authentic self to work everyday. We are committed to growing a diverse and inclusive team that encompasses all types of people. We believe this can only be achieved by acknowledging the ancestral, historic, and current systemic and communal inequities.

Location: The San Francisco Bay Area (Emeryville, CA)

Benefits: Outstanding Health, Vision & Dental Insurance (including full spouse coverage), at least one all-expense-paid team holiday per year, flexibility in schedule and unlimited vacation days. Free lunch every day!