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Embark Veterinary Senior/Principal Scientist, Core Platform Services 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:

This is an exciting phase in our growth. We are building a platform to increase the velocity of defining and improving predictive models of dog health outcomes. Your team will be responsible for designing and maintaining DNA content on the tech platform, ensuring quality control for data generated by the platform, and for developing innovative methods for data extraction and analytics. You will inform Embark’s Science and commercialization roadmaps to support growth and innovation. You will report to the Director of Research and Development, Science Products and work closely with counterparts in Scientific Discovery, Engineering, and Product.

What you’ll do:

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:

  • Lead the scientific development of methods and pipelines to aggregate, develop, and maintain high quality probe designs and variant records for the genotyping platform

  • Lead the scientific development of novel methods and pipelines to ensure high quality variant calls even for high polymorphic regions of the genome

  • Develop novel methods to confidently infer structural variation and detect probe- or sample- level anomalies

  • Lead the adoption of new genomic technologies and sample formats for variant genotyping.

  • Provide scientific leadership to Core Platform Services to ensure that we meet both our science and business goals

  • Help your team grow their skills and experience

  • Manage competing priorities for platform design, scalability, and quality

  • Collaborate effectively with all stakeholders for Core Platform Services

  • Monitor and report on metrics and KPIs for Core Platform Services

  • Work closely with Science Team Leaders in Product, Innovation, and Discovery

  • Drive quarterly OKRs around company goals

    What experience we’re looking for:

  • You have a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, or a related field

  • You have 3+ years of postdoctoral or industry experience

  • Familiarity with microarray genotyping technology, microarray genotype calling algorithms, and SNP genotyping data

  • You are interested in scaling and optimizing a pipeline capable of accommodating a range of DNA marker robustness

  • You have strong interpersonal and leadership skills and a desire to collaborate

  • You have strong domain and technical expertise and can actively engage in technical discussions

  • You have experience with matrix orgs, cross-functional teams, and dotted-line reporting structures

  • Strong people leadership skills and project leadership skills, and a desire to collaborate

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

  • Comfort with Linux/Unix environments

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

  • 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:

  • Working 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 parental leave (plus paw-ternity leave for new pets)

  • Every other Friday off each summer

  • Dog-friendly office 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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