Scientist at Felix Biotechnology (W20)
$100k - $120k  •  
We’re creating programmable therapies
South San Francisco, CA
Full-time
3+ years
About Felix Biotechnology

We are focused on developing tools to help patients. There are a lot of people who are dying for no good reason. We want to play a role in preventing those deaths and creating a future we can be excited about. We treat patients today. The work we do goes directly to people. If you want to be involved in cutting edge synthetic biology, in learning how to code biology to help patients, and have a background in ML/AI let us know.

About the role
Skills: Virus engineering

Felix is hiring a scientist as a pivotal member of our phage engineering team. If you want to play a critical role in developing the next generation of bio-therapeutic tools to tackle the antibiotic resistance epidemic that is a growing threat to humanity, this is the perfect role for you. This position reports directly to the Head of Science and will be expected to contribute immediately to our engineering efforts which focus on optimizing phage as general tools to manage bacterial infections.

RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE

  • Engineering bacteriophage genomes using novel and cutting edge technologies
  • Performing robust assays to characterize phage-host interactions
  • Isolating and characterizing phage from clinical and environmental samples
  • Characterizing bacteria from clinical and environmental samples
  • Performing short-read (Illumina) and long-read (oxford nanopore) sequencing
  • Developing high-throughput protocols (including the use of automation) for characterizing phage-host interactions

REQUIREMENTS

  • Advanced degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, virology, synthetic biology,
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with a team of scientists to generate and analyze data
  • Interact with a computational team to share experimental data and improve workflows
  • Record and write protocols, store samples, and train students
  • Prepare research results for presentations at scientific meetings both internal and external • US citizenship or greencard

EXPERIENCE WITH SOME COMBINATION OF

  • Isolating bacteria from patient samples, bacterial genetics and metabolism
  • Microbial ecology, evolution and screening experiments
  • Microbial genetics, controlling bacterial transcription and translation, bacterial cloning and plasmid design and construction, bacterial engineering tools and technologies including CRISPR, homologous recombina tion and transposon mutagenesis
  • Working with diverse pathogenic organisms such as Pseudomonas, NTM, Staph, Klebsiella, etc.
Technology

We have three core competencies - the ability to collect lots of data quickly and cheaply mapping viral genotypes to phenotypes - the ability to interrogate these datasets to identify genomic regions that code for phenotypes of interest - the ability to the print and boot that code into self replicating biological nano-robots (viruses)

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