Watchmaker Genomics is an early-stage life science company based in Boulder, Colorado and has a facility in Cape Town, South Africa. Our team is passionate about innovation and values collaboration, creativity and scientific rigor. We believe the intersection of biology, engineering and computer science presents exciting opportunities for developing novel technologies that promote research and improve human health. Watchmaker Genomics specializes in the design, development and production of DNA- and RNA-modifying enzymes that enable high-growth applications in genomics, molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine.

Position Summary

Watchmaker is inviting applications for the full-time position of Research and Development Scientist based in Cape Town, South Africa. This position reports to a Principal Scientist, and will be responsible for the development of novel, proprietary products for a range of genomics applications. We offer a creative and inspiring working environment that will match well with your expertise and curiosity. There will be plenty of opportunity to grow and develop as a scientist in a dynamic, fast-paced working environment, and you will gain valuable experience in the conceptualisation, research, development, and commercialisation of biotechnology products as part of an international team.

  • Design, plan, perform and analyse molecular biology experiments including: biochemical characterisation and optimisation of enzymatic reactions; PCR and qPCR; next-generation sequencing; bioinformatic data analyses.
  • Play a central role in commercialising products within an international team.
  • Accurately document details of all experiments in an electronic lab notebook; meticulously analyse and interpret data; and regularly present results and project status updates to managers and peers for discussion.
  • Contribute to conceptualising and inventing innovative technologies for the genomics market.
Required Qualifications

The candidate should have a MSc or PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline. Experience in the following areas is highly desirable: nucleic acid chemistry and structure; enzymatic reactions and assay design; next-generation sequencing (NGS) and related bioinformatics; PCR, qPCR, and related technologies.

The following skills and experience are requirements for the position:

  • Solid wet-lab skills, and experience working with enzymes, DNA and RNA.
  • High accuracy and reliability in execution of experiments.
  • Ability to independently plan, execute, troubleshoot, and interpret ​​complex scientific and technical problems.
  • A profound interest in biotechnology, and a strong desire to develop commercially successful products.
  • Excellent organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • The ability to multitask, perform consistently under pressure and work without supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work as an effective member of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent personal task management skills with a high level
Education and Experience
  • PhD or MSc in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related fields.
Application Procedure

Please apply via, provide a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae including the following:

  • Current physical address, email address and mobile phone number
  • The names and contact information of two references who are able to assess your suitability for the position in terms of the specified requirements

Applications without a Letter of Motivation will not be considered. Local candidates preferred.

Watchmaker Genomics is committed to being an equal opportunity employer and creating a culturally diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics as protected by applicable law.