• Research Associate – Plant Cell Biology

    Job Locations US-NC-Raleigh-Durham
    Posted Date 1 month ago(3/21/2019 10:45 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Research & Development
  • Overview

    Pairwise believes healthy food should be affordable, convenient, and sustainable.  We believe gene editing can be used to accelerate plant breeding in leveraging the natural genetic diversity in agricultural crops to address global food challenges.  We are bringing the benefits of these new innovations both to producers and directly to consumers through the produce aisle of their local grocery store.  Located in the Raleigh-Durham metro area Pairwise was formed in 2017 and has plans to add about 100 employees over the next year to help meet our aggressive product development goals. 


    Pairwise is looking to hire motivated research associates and senior research associates into its Genome Editing Technologies group to help achieve core aspects of the company’s R&D platform and be part of developing our scientific strategy.  Core responsibilities include operation and improvement of rapid transient assays in plant tissues and plant or human cell cultures for evaluation of genome editing tools and transgenes.  Additional opportunities include implementation of molecular biology techniques for plasmid vector construction and evaluation in support of various genome editing applications.  We are looking for candidates with bachelor or master’s level training and the ability to work independently and as part of the team. Your contribution will be critical to helping Pairwise meet a set of aggressive targets and building a culture where science is fun.



    • Bachelor or master’s degree in a relevant field, such as molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, biology, plant science, agronomy, horticulture, or any biological discipline requiring lab work
    • Previous lab work experience and demonstrated skills
    • Knowledge and experience keeping accurate scientific records via LIMs and laboratory notebooks
    • Experience and knowledge in laboratory safe practices, including use of PPE, SDSs and proper handling and disposal of laboratory waste
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a large lab setting
    • Ability to work and manage time independently on individual experiments




    • Work closely with staff scientists to establish and maintain reliable lab processes that fill critical R&D goals for genome editing technologies
    • Apply experience and innovation to drive continuous optimization and improvements in standard plant tissue and cell transient assay processes that support these functions
    • Develop your skill sets and bring new techniques and methodologies into the Pairwise research sphere
    • Collaborate across multifunctional teams to find new insights
    • Through time management and efficient planning, apply your skills and execute core responsibilities to proactively support multiple functions within R&D


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