Senior Transaction Counsel at Caribou Biosciences
Berkeley, CA, US

Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a leading company in CRISPR genome engineering located in Berkeley, CA. Caribou's tools and technologies provide transformative capabilities to therapeutic development, agricultural biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, basic and applied biological research. The seven-year-old company has developed a best-in-class CRISPR genome engineering technology platform and has a leading intellectual property position.

Caribou is seeking an experienced attorney to join its Legal team. The candidate must be motivated, enthusiastic, professional, and committed to working as a team player.  The candidate must have the ability to negotiate, draft, and drive to conclusion licensing agreements (both in- and out-licenses), services agreements, clinical trial agreements, and the like, with a strong attention to detail, and always striving to produce quality work in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively with internal stakeholders, especially business development and management, as well as with external attorneys and business people.  This role will report to the Chief Legal Officer. 

Principal Responsibilities

  • Drafting, negotiating, and managing a high volume and wide variety of contracts, including intellectual property licensing, supply, master services, collaboration, and clinical trial agreements
  • Providing legal advice and support to business development and scientific teams regarding transactions
  • Communicating and interacting on a regular basis with internal and external stakeholders
  • Training and guiding business units on contracts and relevant legal issues
  • Interpreting existing contracts
  • Assisting on various corporate matters, as needed

Candidate must possess:

  • A minimum of 8-10 years of experience in the areas of transactional law with prior in-house biotech/pharma experience preferred
  • JD degree and admitted to practice in California
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp scientific and technical concepts quickly
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation, and communication skills across a variety of contract types
  • Proven track record of leading contract drafting to completion
  • Ability to collaborate, to work independently, and to balance competing priorities in a fast-paced environment with a high level of professionalism and with the ability to reprioritize on short time
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to articulate legal advice in a clear, concise manner, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work on a variety of matters simultaneously
  • Ability to work well under pressure to meet specific deadlines
  • Dedication to quality, reliability, and highest professional standards in all projects

Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a dynamic start-up company, and the successful candidate must have the ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment.  For more information, please visit  Caribou is on Twitter.  Sign up to follow our Twitter feed @CaribouBio.

Caribou offers a comprehensive compensation package, as well as generous paid time off in addition to Company-observed holidays.  The Company provides medical, dental, and vision insurance, along with a 401(k) retirement savings plan which includes matching employer contributions. Caribou promotes a culture in which employees are respected and rewarded for hard work, innovation, personal initiative, and teamwork. 

Caribou is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding), genetic information, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law. In addition, Caribou prohibits the harassment of any individual on any of the basis listed above or any other characteristics protected under federal, state, or local laws.

Direct applicants only. No agencies please.