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Biological Engineer, Seed Fund – Prime Movers Lab (Flexible location)

Prime Movers Lab invests in breakthrough scientific startups founded by Prime Movers, the inventors who transform billions of lives. We invest $1mm-$3mm in seed-stage companies reinventing energy, transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, human augmentation, and computing. The core of our differentiated value creation is our deep technical diligence to evaluate groundbreaking technologies. We need a Biological Engineer to execute rapid analysis of potential investments from a biology and systems perspective to determine technological value.

ROLE

The right candidate will bring broad systems design and problem-solving skills developed in performing world-class chemistry research, prototyping and engineering. It is crucial in this role to feel comfortable exploring a diverse range of technologies including synthetic biology, genetics, neuroscience, longevity, and drug development at various depths. An exceptional Biological Engineer will relish the challenge of seamlessly balancing interviewing Prime Movers, reading patents, reviewing technical marketing white papers, seeking input from expert advisors, speaking to competitors, and synthesizing this research into cogent easy to comprehend technology evaluations.

We are looking for someone who has strong research capabilities combined with a unique range of people skills to utilize as one of the faces of Prime Movers Lab. Through his own example and idealism, our Founder and General Partner leads a value-driven culture and needs a Biological Engineer who can keep up with a fast pace and wants to learn how to be the best partner possible. We will invest in ongoing training and personal development to support the right candidate who meets our needs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Evaluate potential investments from a technical perspective
  • Interview Prime Movers and their technical teams to dive deep
  • Read patents, whitepapers, and broad research about target technologies
  • Coordinate expert input and review of competition to form a holistic thesis
  • Write in-depth technological evaluations synthesizing research conclusions
  • Organize regular seminars, peer networks and events to support founders in a group setting to explore interesting scientific ideas and opportunities
  • Regularly travel to evaluate opportunities and support founders face to face
  • Perform public speeches at high profile events to build the Prime Movers Lab brand and reputation as the most founder-friendly venture capital firm

REQUIREMENTS

  • PhD in biology, genetics, neuroscience, or a similar field
  • Demonstrated ability to reason from first principles
  • Track record in inventing, designing, and building sophisticated biological systems
  • Flexible hours and availability with a startup attitude of intense dedication
  • Expertise in building engineering teams

EXTRAS

  • Prior experience in a fast-paced startup
  • Past exposure to angel investing or venture capital
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Lio Tariman

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