The Octant apprenticeship

Training the

Next Generation

of Octonauts

The best education is hands-on, and we're committed to training and mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Program Details

The Octant Apprenticeship recruits, mentors, and trains early-career talent from diverse backgrounds into high-value contributors across Octant, both technically and professionally.

What You'll Learn

Apprentices participate in formal and informal career development activities such as fireside chats, founder breakfasts, journal clubs, performance reviews, career development reviews, and more.

Above all, apprentices contribute to the growth of Octant through technological, business, operations, and culture initiatives.

Octant apprentices are fully-integrated Octonauts and work on high impact projects across the company. Octant apprentices work side-by-side with a mentor to support and expand Octant's drug discovery efforts by learning and developing skills such as:

  • cutting edge molecular cloning

  • mammalian tissue culture

  • data analysis

  • computational biology

  • high-throughput chemical synthesis

  • high-throughput assay development

  • and more

Your Opportunities with octant

Octant is committed to providing high quality experiences for early career scientists and engineers looking to further develop their technical skill sets while contributing to a broader mission.

Get to do some cutting edge science

Octant is a technology first company, and you'll be at the forefront of discovery.

Learn how a company is built

You'll be a part of the recruiting process, play a role in establishing critical infrastructure, and maybe even plan a happy hour or two.

Expand your network

In addition to your fellow apprentices and Octonauts, you'll meet members of other startups, academic programs, and investors.

Octant Career

Many apprentices join Octant as longer term members following the apprenticeship year (others have an impressive track record being admitted to top graduate programs).

Future Apprentices:

  • Are excited to build technical skill sets, whether they be at the bench or the terminal.

  • Enjoy learning about and developing novel products that impact human disease.

  • Are detail-oriented and thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, startup environment.

Who We're looking for

Recent graduates seeking a one-year full-time research experience in science and engineering.

Apprenticeship Culture

Apprentices are part of an Octant Apprenticeship class and hold regular events including:

  • Fireside chats with diverse industry professionals (founders, VCs, scientists, scientific writing, board members, professors, and more)

  • Founder breakfasts

  • Apprentice dinners, team events, hikes, parties, happy hours, and more

Check out our Octant Apprenticeship blog posts here and here for more on the program experience.


Medical, dental, & vision coverage with competitive compensation.


“I really enjoyed spending time with other SBAs. We would often grab lunch together, spend late nights in the lab working together, and learn together through journal clubs and fireside chats. Octant recruited an amazing group of new-grads and becoming friends with them made the year so much more enjoyable!”

—  Nico Bodkin, Class of 2021. Currently at Northwestern University.

“My favorite thing about the SBA program was working with so many people from different backgrounds. It was amazing to be a part of a team where everyone had their own contributions to the Octant's overall goal. Everyone has their own take on the science and are always open to discussion about anything.”

—  Giselle Uribe, Class of 2021. Currently at Harvard University.

“My primary goal in joining this program was to become more independent. I wanted to feel like I had a say in prioritizing experiments and rationalizing how each experiment added to Octant's vision within my sub-team. I believe my capabilities to make the connections between the experiments and the mission have grown."

—   Neslly Estrada, Class of 2020. Currently at Yale University.

“On multiple occasions, a scientist would sit down with me to help me analyze data, learn new techniques, and give me room to critically think and develop valuable skills. There are a lot of moments like these with all the Octant scientists – they will truly take the time to help you learn and grow!”

—  Morgan MacKenzie, Class of 2020. Currently at Octant.

Octant Apprenticeship alumni have gone on to receive admission to MD, PhD and MD/PhD graduate programs at the following institutions

Contact Us

Applications for the 2022-2023 class have closed. If you are interested in participating in future classes, please feel free to reach out with any questions.