Carlsbad, CA

Scientist III - Cell Biologist

PDS Tech is seeking candidates to fill a Scientist position in Carlsbad, CA

Position Objective

Be part of the genome engineering revolution. This scientist will develop tools and techniques to support genome engineering. This scientist will be expected to work in a highly collaborative team environment, supporting some projects with some supervision of a senior scientist and leading some projects independently. Projects may include, but not be limited to, cloning, purification and characterization of proteins, developing gene editing strategies in various cell lines, and developing assays to monitor editing.

Scope of Need

The successful individual will directly interact with senior R&D scientists and project management to execute project work plans. The scientist will be responsible for supporting or executing these plans to meet agreed upon deliverables and timelines. These activities will require a high level of independence as well as the ability to work in a highly cooperative team.

This role will involve the following tasks:

  • Genomic editing in several cell lines (TALEN and CRISPR based editing, design and implementation)
  • Molecular biology
    • Plasmid subcloning, DNA preparations, sequencing, in vitro transcription of RNA, PCR
    • Generation of genome engineering tools
  • Mammalian cell culture (Culture of many cell types)
  • Stable cell line generation (Transfection, transduction, clonal expansion)

This individual will also be expected to support and participate in R&D and project management meetings


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree may be considered if they have a significant amount of the appropriate experience.
  • 3+ years of experience in cell culture (2+ years with primary T cells)
  • 2+ years of experience in flow cytometry
  • 2+ year experience with genome engineering of mammalian cells
  • 2+ years of experience in molecular biology techniques (DNA/RNA/protein)

Capabilities and Competencies

This position requires the following capabilities and competencies:

  • Proven experience:
    • Genome engineering (CRISPR, TALEN, ZFN)
    • Primary T cell culture
    • Flow cytometry
    • Complicated design and cloning of DNA constructs
    • Cell transfection

  • Ability to:
    • Observe deviations from the expected outcomes and trouble-shoot
    • Succeed with a moderate level of supervision and guidance
    • Participate in a strong teamwork orientation with demonstrable skills
    • Maintain a detailed lab notebook and present your findings in a group setting

Working Conditions:

The vast majority of working time will be spent in a laboratory environment. Cell work will take place in biosafety hoods in a tissue culture laboratory, working with various cell cultures. Time may be spent manipulating DNA constructs in a laboratory environment. Some time will be spent at the desk recording laboratory activities appropriately in notebooks.

Candidate must be capable of observing and adhering to lab safety standards and protocols.

This individual must be able to identify deviations from expected outcomes and participate in troubleshooting those deviations and suggesting alternatives.

Critical to success in this position will be the individual’s ability to work independently on some projects and to provide support collaboratively on others while meeting project timelines.

Equally important will be the ability to work as part of a team in the laboratory (extended R&D team) as well as a broader cross-functional team (R&D, Project Management, Collaborator).



PDS Tech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

Founded in 1977, PDS Tech, Inc. is one of the nation's premier specialty staffing firms with 31 offices nationwide. We offer a full range of benefits including:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Weekly payroll
  • Immediate 401(k) eligibility
  • Completion Bonuses
  • Training
  • Please note availability of benefits may vary by position

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