Partial Reprogramming Scientist

Redwood City, CA /
Science /
Retro Biosciences is a fast-growing biopharma startup using high-throughput, high-dimensional approaches to develop therapies for diseases driven by the biology of aging. We are looking to expand our exceptional team at our Redwood City location.

We are looking for a Partial Reprogramming Scientist to join the cellular reprogramming biology team designing and characterizing cellular reprogramming approaches in vitro and in vivo.

Primary responsibilities:

    • Designing and executing ambitious experiments to develop and characterize partial reprogramming processes using transcription factors, modRNA and small molecule drugs in vitro and in vivo.
    • Identifying and validating reprogramming markers in vitro and in vivo.
    • Generating, culturing, and characterizing stem cells in vitro.
    • Interfacing closely with a bioinformatician to analyze single cell RNA-sequencing data, DNA methylation data, and other forms of omics data.


    • PhD and postdoctoral studies with 4-8 years of relevant experience. 
    • Three or more years of industry experience.
    • Strong knowledge in stem cell, developmental, and reprogramming biology.
    • Experience characterizing stem cells and cellular reprogramming.
    • Experience with techniques in stem-cell culture, reprogramming, and gene editing.
    • Deep understanding of epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms.
    • Experience with assay development, genetic and drug screening.
    • Adaptable, responsive, high energy, and strong work ethic.
    • Willingness to rapidly and creatively experiment and learn from the process.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and open, straightforward communication.
    • Strong desire to integrate their work with what others are doing and to understand the big picture.

You may be a good match for this role if:

    • You’re energetic, adaptable, and detail-oriented
    • You automatically create structure to make everything you touch more efficient
    • Friends describe you as a problem solver
    • You rapidly experiment and improve in a startup environment
    • You communicate openly and cogently
    • Working on the unfamiliar increases your motivation

About Retro Our leadership team is a group of mission-driven, kind, and thoughtful individuals. We take pride in evolving a work environment that fosters collaboration, open communication, and authenticity. We believe that great results are best delivered by a highly creative group working in concert. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We offer competitive pay, health benefits, lunch daily, snacks and more!  If interested in this position, please send your résumé or CV with a couple of sentences about how your experience maps onto our needs, and what interests you about Retro.