Research Scientist or Engineer (Micro- and molecular biologist) needed

 At Eligo, we are passionate about developing new drugs to address unmet medical needs.

We are building a platform technology based on phage engineering to produce Eligobiotics to target a wide range of bacterial species. With such a capability, Eligo is poised to lead the new generation of precision microbiome engineering companies.

We are a six-year-old biotechnology company, spun out of MIT and Rockefeller University, and based in Paris, France. We have raised more than 20 million euros from leading investors in Silicon Valley and France to develop next-generation drugs addressing issues such as antibiotic resistance and diseases associated with the microbiome.

Eligo has been elected as one of the 30 Most Innovative Companies by the World Economic Forum, has received international awards for pioneering work in the field of synthetic biology, and has been featured in international media and scientific journals such as Nature BiotechnologyThe New York Times, the BBC, The Economist, and Science.

Eligo has attracted top talent from all over the world, currently numbering over 40 Eligonauts from 10 countries, all driven, passionate, and motivated to impact the world by applying innovative research to save lives.

If you thrive in fast-paced environments, are excited to solve real-world problems with cutting-edge science, and are looking for an opportunity to develop your skills, we want to hear from you!


As part of the Discovery team, you will strategically construct and characterize bacterial and phage collections that are associated with a wide range of diseases and then develop synthetic biology tools for these collections.

You will de-risk the technical aspects of potential novel targets by creating know-how and technologies for handling and genetically engineering bacteria and phages.

By leveraging your curiosity and eagerness to learn, you will be among the first researchers to have a shot at taming unexplored bacteria and phages. You will have the opportunity to oversee the progression of novel and promising targets from their initial assessment through the engineering and development pipelines. 

Your contributions will have a direct, tangible impact on the shaping of Eligo’s pipeline as projects arise and progress from the benchtop to the clinic!


  • Strategically compose, assemble, characterize, and optimize benchtop protocols for isolation and building collections of bacteria and phage from complex patient samples
  • Use synthetic biology techniques to engineer, test, and optimize strains, phages, and other genetic circuits
  • Evaluate the potential of Eligo’s platform technology to address unmet needs in patients with microbiome-related diseases by conducting literature searches, communicating with KOLs, thinking critically, and developing a detailed overview on the challenges and opportunities.
  • Play an integral role in research and development projects for promising indications once initial technical feasibility has been established


  • Master’s in Microbiology or Molecular Biology or related field
    • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree and several years of hands-on experience with a variety of bacteria will also be considered
    • Industry experience or Ph.D. is a plus
  • Experience with handling, typing, and method development for fastidious bacteria, ideally including anaerobes
    • Experience with phages or other targeted killing methods of fastidious bacteria is a plus
  • Demonstrated experience with state-of-the-art synthetic biology techniques (i.e. Gibson, MoClo or CRISPR, etc) in any type of organism is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Self-starter with strong attention to detail and accuracy, and ability to work independently to solve technical problems, keep a detailed up-to-date lab notebook, and an ability to multitask without compromising the quality of work
  • Effective management of time and effort to meet deadlines 
    • Project management experience is a plus
  • Strong interactive skills, collaborative attitude, and ability to work effectively in a team environment

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