Pairwise is a mission-driven food+tech company dedicated to building a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Founded in 2017 by eminent scientists in the gene editing and biotechnology fields, Pairwise holds licenses from Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital to base editing and high-fidelity enzymes. We also are tuned in to consumer food trends, and we believe that consumers deserve more variety and innovation in their fresh food choices. Our team is primed to deliver that innovation through one of the best gene-editing platforms in food and agriculture. Pairwise has an exclusive 5-year research collaboration with Bayer to develop products in corn, soybean, wheat, canola, and cotton. Plus, Pairwise is developing new types of leafy greens, berries, and stone fruit, with the first product expected in early 2022. Pairwise is based in the start-up friendly Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.

Pairwise is looking to hire motivated research associates into its Delivery Technology group to help achieve core aspects of the company’s R&D platform and be part of developing our scientific strategy.  Core responsibilities include development of new delivery and transformation technologies for genome editing tools and transgenes, as well as operation and improvement of rapid assays in plant tissues and cell cultures.  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