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Embark Veterinary Senior Research Scientist, Breed Conservation Genetics 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 (https://www.inc.com/inc5000/2020) , 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 (https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-dog-dna-test/) 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 Ancestry team, you will work to improve and maintain the science and bioinformatics pipeline underlying Embark?s breed and ancestry products. This pipeline transforms raw genetic data into a dog?s breed mix and ancestry, doggy relatives, and more. It must run efficiently, reliably, and at a massive scale on AWS. You will work closely with other Scientists, Engineers, and Product Managers to solve important scientific problems and develop the next generation of breed and ancestry products. This year, the team will:

  • Bring to life new and exciting scientific ideas to improve Embark?s best in class Breed and Ancestry products.

  • Evolve Embark?s science and bioinformatics pipelines to enable Embark to continue to scale exponentially.

  • Compound the delightful experiences we provide to our highly rated products.

    What you?ll do:

    Senior Scientists at Embark lead by example through high quality data analysis and research that drives new products and product features or the improvement of existing products. They have a strong desire to share their knowledge, continuously learn, and excel in a few areas where they have deep, passionate experience. In this role, you will:

  • Develop new scientific approaches to:

  • Monitor genetic diversity in dog breeds

  • Use forward simulation to develop novel strategies for preserving genetic diversity in breeds

  • Understand the impacts of breeding strategies on phenotypic and genetic diversity

  • Develop and implement scientific reports for dog breeders and breed clubs

  • Be an excellent individual contributor by delivering high quality data, data analysis, and code, as well as thorough scientific reports and documentation.

  • Work closely with software engineers to deliver clean, efficient, maintainable code, as well as thorough tests and documentation

  • Mentor other scientists to enable their growth

  • Leverage your deep scientific knowledge to advise leaders how to best tackle problems

    What experience we?re looking for:

  • PhD in Population Genetics, Animal Breeding, Computational Biology, or a related field and 3+ years of experience

  • Strong skills in applied population genetics (e.g. detection and characterization of population structure, population management strategies, population genetic forward simulation, etc.)

  • Experience working with whole-genome genotype array and/or whole genome sequence data

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Comfort with Linux/Unix environments

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

  • Excellent statistical proficiency

  • Strong people leadership skills and project leadership skills

  • Experience working in and/or leading multidisciplinary research and development teams

  • Expertise with AWS or similar cloud technologies preferred

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

  • Experience with customer-centric product development preferred

  • Passion for dogs and genetics

    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 (https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf) .

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