Twist is launching a R&D/Production center in Guangzhou. We are looking for a Director of R&D to be the founding member of the R&D team.


  • Build Twist’s R&D group in China from the ground up. In collaboration with Twist’s leadership team, define the China R&D roadmap, develop a plan, and execute to the plan
  • Collaborate with the R&D team at Twist’s US headquarters in South San Francisco, developing applications and assays for Synthetic Biology (SynBio) and Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)
  • Develop, support and perform custom production of early stage or non-standard SynBio and NGS products, refining the workflow and process, scaling up production, and establishing routine production over time


  • PhD degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, or a closely related field
  • 5+ years of work experience in R&D and process development at a SynBio, NGS, or diagnostic company
  • 3+ years people management experience, with strong hiring and team building experience and skills
  • Direct experience with NGS product development and applications
  • Strong background in molecular biology including gene synthesis, molecular cloning, enzymatic assays, PCR/qPCR/dPCR, etc.
  • Technical knowledge in bioinformatics
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Gather and analyze information masterfully; identify problems and use a combination of knowledge, intuition, and experience to solve problems in a timely manner.
  • Excellent communication skills – proficient in writing and communicating in English.
  • High attention to detail
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivated and passionate about your work 

Preferred Experience:

  • Direct experience with liquid handling systems and automation tools
  • Industrial experience in SynBio or NGS companies is highly desirable
  • Experience in gene synthesis/assembly is highly desirable
  • Experience in NGS kit development is highly desirable
  • Experience in LIMS and data tracking systems
  • Applications based on synthetic DNA, such as protein engineering
  • Expert understanding in genetic and genomic sciences
  • Chemistry knowledge in DNA synthesis


  • Guangzhou International Biological Island

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