Research Scientist, Epigenomics

Embark Veterinary


Full Time

Ithaca, NY

2 weeks ago

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:

In the Science Organization, you will have access to the largest collection of canine omics data in the world. Our rapidly expanding database is the backbone of Embark’s research discovery and product innovation engine. We aim to uncover novel insights by integrating detailed phenotypic data with multiple omics sources and then deploy these discoveries as unique features and products for our customers. This role will lead the analysis and integration of epigenetic data into our platform. You will work closely with other Scientists, Engineers, and Product Managers to solve important scientific problems and develop the next generation of canine genomic and epigenomic products. 

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 and support statistical analysis of multiple omics data types, including genetic variants, genotypes, DNA methylation, expression, and whole genome sequencing
  • Assist with experimental design and management of new and existing data and sample collection activities
  • Develop proposals for extramural funding opportunities through grants and contracts
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to drive technology advancement efforts
  • Be an excellent individual contributor and team member by delivering scientific reports and documentation
  • Mentor other scientists to enable their growth
  • Leverage your deep scientific knowledge to advise company leaders how to best tackle scientific problems

What experience we’re looking for:

  • Senior Scientist: PhD in Genetics, Epigenetics, Statistics, Bioinformatics, or a related field and 3+ years of experience in a post-doc or commercial setting
  • Scientist: Masters in Genetics, Epigenetics, Statistics, Bioinformatics, or a related field and 4+ years of experience in a collaborative research or commercial setting
  • Hands-on experience in the development and optimization of epigenetic analyses using complex datasets
  • Excellent problem solving skills with the ability to troubleshoot and advance scientific problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong ability to present data in a variety of team settings
  • Comfort with Linux/Unix environments
  • Coding and data analysis experience in Python and/or R; Python skills preferred 
  • Strong people leadership skills and project leadership skills
  • Experience working in and/or leading multidisciplinary research and development teams
  • Experience working with multiple omics datasets, whole-genome genotype array and/or whole genome sequence data 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 maternal and paternal 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.

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