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Conception

Conception

Berkeley, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Experience level: PhD or equivalent work experience

The position

We are currently looking to hire a AS/Scientist with 5+ years of experience in the Follicle/IVF/embryology field. This position would involve research in a project of core importance to our work.

Our mission

Conception is a startup with the mission of generating viable human eggs from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Successful development of our research could have many benefits, such as removing age limits on motherhood, allowing for easy screening of eggs with harmful genetic mutations, and allowing same-sex couples to reproduce. This has been done in mice, and now we are working to translate it to humans.

Our research

To accomplish our goal, we must derive human germ cells from iPSCs that resemble both the transcriptional and epigenetic profile of in vivo germ cells (PGCs) that can enter meiosis and develop into viable human eggs. We create ovarian organoids and culture these in vitro to form follicles and help the oocytes develop properly into mature egg cells.

What we are looking for

We have multiple ongoing experiment lines to accomplish our goal, and we’re looking to expand our team. Mission alignment, as well as a solid scientific background with a reliable track record in executing experiments, is something we strongly care about.

As a fertility expert, you will be working with follicle isolations, follicle growth, egg maturation, and other IVF techniques. General experience in microdissections and micromanipulation is highly desirable. You will work closely with other project teams and should be a great communicator, maintain detailed and accurate records as well as have an eye for details.

While expertise is valued, we can provide training in areas of inexperience if you are passionate about our goal.

Come and work with us

We are well funded and well connected in Silicon Valley. We offer competitive pay, company equity, and excellent healthcare benefits for these positions.

‍To learn more about the original mouse proof of concept to live birth that inspired us, see https://www.nature.com/articles/nature20104

To learn more about us, our mission, and approach you can read two features published by The New Yorker and MIT Technology Review.