Senior / Principal Research Scientist, Statistical Genomics

  • Ithaca, NY
  • 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 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. You will be responsible for assessing data integrity, data analytics and data-driven statistical modeling. 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:

You will provide expert statistical and data analytics support to ensure we meet both our science and business goals.

  • Define and refine predictive models with streaming empirical data
  • Establish polygenic risk scores and assess mutation penetrances and individual risk
  • Ensure high quality prediction models through data quality control measures for genotyping and phenotyping
  • Contribute to conservation genetics and population management
  • Collaborate effectively with other scientists and engineers
  • Drive quarterly OKRs around company goals

What experience we’re looking for:

  • You have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Statistical Genetics, Population Genetics, or a related field
  • You have 3+ years of postdoctoral and/or industry experience in Statistical Genetics, Population Genetics, Genetic Epidemiology, or Data Science
  • Excellent proficiency in statistical inference and probabilistic modeling
  • Comfort with Linux/Unix environments
  • Coding and data analysis experience in Python and/or R; Python skills preferred 
  • You are interested in data integrity, analytics and visualization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and a desire to collaborate
  • Experience working in and/or leading multidisciplinary research and development teams
  • Experience working with 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
  • 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.

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