Research Scientist, Tools and Assay Development

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States | Full-time


Manus Bio is a next-generation industrial biotechnology company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts that produces plant-based ingredients.  We use a variety of patented and proprietary technologies for engineering microbes for the production of specialty chemicals, such as food ingredients, agricultural chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.  We are seeking a motivated individual for a research scientist position that will specialize in genetic tool and assay development. This person will be expected to tackle a variety of challenges as an integral part of Manus Bio’s R&D team.

Why work at Manus Bio:

  • Opportunity – For motivated, results-oriented team members, our growth creates opportunities for personal and professional advancement.
  • Accountability – You are given the resources you need to succeed and the freedom to make it happen; in return, we hold each other accountable for our high expectations.  
  • Passion – We love what we do and enjoy working with others who feel the same way. We embrace the challenge and hard work that come with working on the cutting edge.


  • Develop and characterize novel genetic parts and tools to expand Manus Bio’s molecular biology platform
  • Optimize existing methods and workflows for vector construction and chromosomal engineering for higher efficiencies and throughput
  • Develop novel assays to measure diverse target compounds with increased throughput
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary scientific team to effectively communicate plans and results for tool and assay development
  • Lead seamless implementation and integration of newly developed tools into the team’s workflows

 Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or a related field
  • Expertise in designing genetic tools for cloning and chromosomal manipulations
  • Experience in developing medium to high throughput assays for product quantification or cellular analysis
  • Knowledge and experience in microbial physiology and metabolic engineering is a plus
  • Critical thinker with enthusiasm for deriving solutions to complex challenges in a biotechnology lab.

 Preferred Working Style:

  • Must be very well-organized and be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be a quick learner who is self-motivated and able to ask questions and seek clarity.
  • Must be flexible with day-to-day duties and able to thrive in a start-up environment.
  • Must be an excellent team member with strong communication skills and a desire to work collaboratively.
  • Must hold him or herself to the highest professional, scientific and ethical standards.


Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Employee Status: Permanent