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Embark Veterinary Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist - Survey Specialist in Ithaca, New York

Who we are:

Join Embark on our mission to improve the life and longevity of dogs everywhere. Our canine DNA test — the highest-rated, most accurate on the market — enables us to make scientific advances in personalized pet care. Recently named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine ( , Embark is the only canine genetics company using research-grade technology, which allows us to make new scientific discoveries.

Designed by world leaders in dog genetics in partnership with Cornell University, the Embark Dog DNA Test provides information on genetic health risks and breed make-up, allowing dog owners, breeders, and veterinarians to make personalized care plans based on a dog's unique genetic profile. Embark is also home to the world’s only canine DNA relative finder. No wonder The New York Times ( recently called Embark’s Breed and Health Kit the best dog DNA test available!

Interested in joining our pack? We are looking for highly motivated and mission-driven employees who will join us as Embark leads the cutting edge of creativity and innovation in the fast-growing consumer genetics space.

About the role:

On the Discovery team, you will work to collect phenotype data for genetic research initiatives. There are multiple levels of data collection required including coarse data collection for hypothesis generation as well as fine data collection for detailed analysis, which may require extensive QC/QA to establish data quality. You will work closely with other Scientists and Veterinarians to develop relevant surveys based on specific research objectives and monitor and assess data quality resulting from those surveys. In addition, you will work with Engineers, Product Managers and Marketers to create the best customer experience and increase customer data collection efficiency to improve discovery output.

What you’ll do:

  • Lead the development and improvement of Embark’s customer surveys

  • Launch surveys to support data collection for Embark’s research initiatives

  • Assess the quality, reproducibility, and reliability of survey data

  • Build out the research survey platform and experience in accordance with Embark’s long-term vision and mission

  • Work across teams (e.g. with engineering, product, marketing) to:

  • Improve the customer survey experience

  • Refine processes and workflows for survey development and release

  • Track, test, and improve survey engagement and completion rates

  • Advise on the storage and database structure for survey response data

  • Be an excellent individual contributor by delivering high quality data, data analysis, as well as thorough reporting and documentation

  • Leverage your deep survey knowledge to advise leaders how to best tackle problems associated with survey data collection and quality

    What experience we’re looking for:

  • 5+ year experience, Master’s, or PhD in Survey Methodology, Survey Science, Data Science, Biology, Psychology, or similar

  • Strong skills in survey development and testing

  • Experience working with third party survey software such as Qualtircs, Survey Monkey, Alchemer or similar

  • Experience working with email campaign software such as Klaviyo, Mail Chimp or similar

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with surveys including logic, data quality considerations, respondent behavior, techniques to minimize straight-lining and dropout, techniques to increase engagement, etc.

  • Experience in analyzing data contributed by Community Scientists (i.e. Citizen Scientists)

  • Experience assessing and establishing the quality of data contributed through surveys and forms

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent statistical proficiency

  • Coding and data analysis experience in Python and/or R; Python skills preferred

  • Strong project leadership skills

  • Experience working in and/or leading multidisciplinary research teams

  • Experience with genetic data preferred

  • Experience with AWS or similar cloud technologies preferred

  • Experience with databases (SQL and non-relational) preferred

  • Experience with customer-centric product development preferred

  • Familiarity of dog biology, including traits, behavior, and health concerns, preferred

  • Passion for dogs and research

    What we can offer:

    At Embark, we might be dog lovers, but we’re passionate about people too. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where all employees can belong and flourish. Here are some of our benefits and perks:

  • W orking with the world's largest team of PhDs, DVMs and engineers focused on canine genomics and devoted to making the next generation of discoveries and technologies that will make the lives of dogs today and in the future longer and healthier

  • A flexible vacation policy so you can take off the time you need when you need it

  • Paid maternal and paternal leave (plus paw-ternity leave for new pets)

  • Every other Friday off each summer

  • Dog-friendly office in downtown Ithaca, NY (when we get back to the office), with some flexibility (eg work from home at least 2 days a week, flexibility around child care needs, etc)

  • Perks tailored for dog lovers including subsidized pet insurance and dog-walking services

  • Startup perks with big-company benefits (401k match, a generous bonus structure, commuter benefits, top-of-the-line healthcare, HSA/FSA)

  • Competitive salaries and equity participation — every employee gets stock options

  • Fully-stocked office snack bar and regular office events

  • New iMacs and MacBook Pros, or laptops running Linux

  • Continuing education, including attending conferences and company-provided resources to help with individual growth and development

    Embark is an equal opportunity workplace and values diversity at our company. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws. See also EEO is the Law ( .

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