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 established in 2017 and has formed a strong team of almost 100 employees to meet our aggressive product development goals. 


Pairwise is seeking to hire a motivated candidate into its Trait Development group to help achieve core aspects of the company’s R&D platform and be part of developing our scientific strategy. We are looking for candidates with at least Bachelor’s degree level training with the ability to work independently and as part of the team. Core responsibilities include applying state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques in support of a quantitative high throughput plant next generation sequencing and qPCR pipeline. Your contribution will be critical to developing and expanding our molecular screening pipeline. You will employ various next generation sequencing workflows from library construction to sequencing for platforms including Illumina Miseq, Oxford Nanopore and PacBio Sequel in order to meet aggressive targets amidst a culture where science is fun.


Summary of Job Responsibilities

  • Work closely with team members to establish and maintain a reliable molecular screening pipeline that fills critical R&D goals for genome editing technologies and trait production
  • Apply experience and innovation to drive continuous optimization and improvements in standard processes that support these functions
  • 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

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, biology 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
  • Previous experience operating/programing liquid handlers or automated laboratory equipment for setting up high throughput molecular assays is of high interest.
  • Proven abilities in developing and optimizing assays for reliable routine use within a pipeline
  •        Experience monitoring/reporting key performance indicators within a workflow
  • 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