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Scientist I / Scientist II, Drug Discovery (Metabolic Disease)
South San Francisco, CA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

23andMe, the leading consumer genetics company, has accumulated a wealth of genotypic and phenotypic information from participants committed to improving human health through advances in genomics. Our Therapeutics team uses this data to discover and develop novel medicines to treat important diseases. 

More information about our Therapeutics team is available at

Who you are

We are seeking an exceptional Scientist to join a collaborative, cross-functional team aspiring to discover and develop innovative medicines to help patients. Our ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, independent and creative researcher with a high degree of analytical and troubleshooting skills.  

What you’ll do

  • Lead project and represent project to senior team
  • Independently research, design and conduct molecular, biochemical and cell biology experiments to advance therapeutic programs
  • Interpret, record and present complex experimental data in project team meetings
  • Recruit, mentor and manage direct report(s)
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with colleagues to drive progression of the project

What you’ll bring

  • PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Physiology, Chemical Biology, or related field + min of 3 years' post-PhD work experience, or Master’s + min of 8 years’ experience, or Bachelor’s + min of 10 years’ experience
  • Successful record of high quality publications and/or patent applications
  • For Scientist II, experience in leading successful project team(s) is required
  • Expertise in molecular, cellular mechanism and/or in vivo biology of metabolism, including obesity, diabetes, or fatty liver diseases
  • Hands-on experience in developing biochemical, biophysical and/or cell-based assays suitable to support small molecule or biologics lead discovery and optimization
  • Hands-on experience in the determination of potency of leads in biochemical and cell-based assays. including experience with microplate readers and data processing using curve-fitting software
  • Advanced lab skills in some of the following areas: biochemical, cell and molecular biology techniques such as enzyme activity assay, biophysics techniques (eg SPR, ITC), DNA cloning, qPCR, western blots, SDS-PAGE, ELISA, and mammalian cell culture
  • Critical thinking with high degree of innovation 
  • Proactive and highly self-motivated with strong analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent teamwork skills and ability to build effective relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills with the ability to work independently and in a fast-paced team environment


  • Industry experience
  • Target discovery by GWAS

Note:  Job title will be commensurate with experience and academic credentials

About Us

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by Glassdoor as one of the Best Places to Work in 2019, MIT Technology Review to its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” list, and named one of Fast Company’s “25 Brands That Matter Now, 2017”. 23andMe has millions of customers worldwide, with more than 80 percent of customers consented to participate in research. More information is available at

At 23andMe, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.  If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at 23andMe will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Please note: 23andMe does not accept agency resumes and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. Thank you.