Research Associate, Molecular Biology

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 associate position that will specialize in metabolic engineering, enzyme engineering, and molecular biology. 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.


  • Construct and validate gene and plasmid constructs
  • Express metabolic pathways in microbial systems
  • Test expression and activity of enzymes in a variety of assays
  • Ferment bacterial cultures
  • Perform analytical assays to identify and quantify metabolites
  • Work as part of a scientific team to implement experimental plans
  • Assist with regular assigned laboratory maintenance duties
  • Communicate results of experiments with colleagues

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or similar discipline with two years or more academic/industrial research experience.
  • Hands-on experience in genetic engineering tools, including plasmid construction.
  • Experience in metabolic pathway design and multi-gene assembly a plus.

Preferred Working Style:

  • Must be very well-organized and be able to handle parallel tasks and large datasets.
  • 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