Principal Research Scientist, Statistical Genomics

  • Boston, MA
  • Full Time
  • Science
  • Experienced

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:

This role is designed for a thought-leading Ph.D. Statistician / Data Scientist who is attracted to rich and complex datasets that can be leveraged to better understand challenging problems in medicine and health.

As a Statistical Genomicist at Embark, you will have access to the largest collection of canine genotype, epigenotype, and phenotype data in the world. Our rapidly expanding database is the backbone of Embark’s research discovery and product innovation engine. You will also have unique access to the Big Data of Pet Lifestyle, a natural attribute of the lesser privacy concerns of our canine companions.

This role will embed statistical expertise in several scientific areas fueled by “-omics” data for a variety of projects in canine health and behavior. You will work closely with other Scientists, Engineers, and Product Managers to solve important scientific problems, develop the next generation of canine DNA test products, and promote health and longevity today, and for future generations of dogs.

Successful candidates will have experience working in collaborative environments with cross-functional teams. The ideal candidate is a talented and skilled statistician motivated to tackle complex data problems and inspired to enhance health and longevity through science.

This role reports to the Senior Director of Discovery and Commercialization. The position may reside in either Ithaca, NY or Boston, MA.

What you’ll do:

The Principal Research Scientist in Statistics will contribute vision and expertise in data science to further Embark’s effort to deliver a best-in-class genetic health product to pet parents, breeders, and veterinarians.

  • This person will help devise and implement a comprehensive strategy for gathering, organizing, assessing, analyzing, interpreting and commercializing Embark’s data assets
  • Collaborate and coordinate with stakeholders to advance Embark’s roadmap on data integrity and data connectivity
  • Collaborate with epidemiologists, geneticists, epigeneticists, data scientists, animal scientists, nutrition scientists and veterinarians to diffuse best practices in statistics and data science
  • Partner with science and engineering teams to define the QA and QC of data streams
  • Excel in scientific communication and graphic representation to ensure findings are presented clearly and accurately
  • Be an excellent contributor through standardized reporting and documentation

What experience we’re looking for:

  • 8+ years of experience in data science
  • Ph.D. and post-graduate training in statistics
  • Proficiency in informatics and programming in python / R and cloud computing
  • Proficiency in machine learning
  • Proficiency in scientific communication, including graphic representation
  • Plus if experience in genetics and epigenetics
  • Plus if experience in industry or government
  • Plus if experience in cross-functional team management
  • Ability to thrive and adapt in a high growth, results-oriented environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a genuine desire to collaborate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Deep passion for dog health

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-rental 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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