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 assays in plant tissues and cell cultures, as well as development of new delivery and transformation technologies for 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.


Summary of Job Responsibilities

  • Apply experience and innovation to drive continuous improvements in plant tissue and cell transformation protocols and support development of gene edited products
  • Develop and execute research plans and key experiments in areas like:
  • Plant Transformation
  • Rapid assays
  • Molecular biology 
  • Gene editing
  • Tissue culture
  • Work closely with staff scientists to establish and maintain reliable lab processes that fill critical R&D goals for genome editing technologies
  • Develop your skill sets and bring new techniques and methodologies into the Pairwise research sphere
  • Collaborate across multifunctional teams to find new insights

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor or master’s degree in a relevant field, such as molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, biology, plant science, botany, 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