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A career-defining experience

Aristotle’s Apprentices enjoy a holistic experience in early-stage biotech and play a pivotal role in substantive scientific projects. We focus on developing high-potential graduates into high-performing Research Associates, enhancing Gordian’s scientific objectives while offering meaningful career development.

What’s in it for you

  • An insider’s view of start-up operations and what it takes to be an entrepreneur
  • Opportunity to build crucial skills and experience as an early-career scientist and biotech professional
  • Connections and networking opportunities in both industry and academia

What you’ll do

  • Forecast preclinical and clinical physiological responses using Gordian’s proprietary platform
  • Pinpoint the most promising therapeutic targets for the development of novel drugs
  • Collaborate closely with disease specialists, gene therapists, and data experts

Life at Gordian

Aristotle’s Apprentices is designed to showcase the remarkable Gordian culture that we work so hard to cultivate among talented early-career scientists. This includes:

  • Company “Lunch and Learns”
  • Speaker series
  • 1:1 time with founders
  • Free catered lunch three times a week
  • Gordian-hosted industry happy hours

Why this work matters

Complex age-related diseases have been the most challenging to cure, with years of minimal progress and a string of failed clinical trials.

At Gordian, we’re tackling the most difficult medical science problems with the goals of curing the world’s deadliest diseases and eventually affecting the processes of aging itself.

The Gordian platform leverages recent innovations in single-cell sequencing and gene therapy to screen hundreds of targets in vivo at a scale never before possible and with unprecedented predictive power.

There’s nothing else like it in the industry, and it’s up and running, but there’s much more work to do and many more innovations to come.

What we’re looking for

We pride ourselves on a highly diverse team, but we all have certain things in common.

  • Affinity for startup culture, including an appetite for taking calculated risks in the name of scientific progress
  • Resilience, adaptability, and a willingness to challenge the status quo
  • Organized, with a history of managing and collaborating on time-sensitive projects across multiple teams

Experience in any of the following areas is a plus, but not required. What’s most important is interest, intelligence, and the willingness to work hard alongside equally hard-working colleagues.

  • Enzymatic assays
  • Histology
  • Mouse work
  • Plasmid cloning and production
  • Sequencing
  • Tissue dissociation
  • Flow cytometry

Apprenticeship details

If you’re starting to picture yourself as a Gor in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, here are some things you’ll want to know about the program

  • 12-month program starting between June and September
  • Full-time, hourly temporary employment
  • Competitive benefits, including medical, dental, and vision
  • 4% 401K employer match
  • Relocation support for those living more than 250 miles from Gordian headquarters

Get in Touch

If you have questions about Aristotle’s Apprentices or Gordian in general, email us at For those ready to take the next step.

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