Job Opening


Emeryville, CA


Octant is a well-backed team (Series A led by a16z) of experienced scientists and entrepreneurs at the frontiers of biology, chemistry, and computation. We are a small molecule therapeutics company scaling drug discovery to navigate the complexity of human diseases using an integrated platform combining synthetic biology, genomics, computation and high-throughput chemistry.

Octant is an equal opportunity company that deeply values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and welcomes applicants of all backgrounds. We’re committed to growing the company with a diversity of talented individuals and our team is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment for everyone.

Job Description

We are looking for scientists excited to work at the interfaces of genomics, cell engineering, and data science. As a member of the Octant team, you’ll contribute to Octant’s scientific strategy by designing, executing, and interpreting results for significant technology projects. You will draw from diverse aspects of biology to solve a wide variety of challenging problems. You should thrive on getting things done, are eager to troubleshoot random tasks that arise in startups, and can navigate the uncertainty of an ever-changing and fast-paced environment.
In particular, we are looking for scientists who would be passionate about working on projects involving:

  • Multiplexed Functional Assays – performing multi-dimensional optimization for cell engineering, and leveraging multiplexed data to elucidate complex pharmacology

  • Deep Mutational Scanning – developing novel statistical methodologies and analyses to understand structure-function and genotype-phenotype relationships

This job might be great for you if:
  • Have a PhD in a biology-related field or equivalent experience.

  • Have programming experience in Python or R, and familiarity with *nix environments.

  • Have a demonstrated record of working on and leading impactful projects.

  • Thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, team-oriented startup environment.

For more information, please send a resume/CV and cover letter to and include “Bioinformatics” and your name in the email’s subject line.

In your email, please share a paper/preprint/software repo that best highlights your strengths so we can better understand work you've led. If there is nothing public, please summarize that work in a few paragraphs. We'd love to also hear about things you've been proud to build or lead outside of science.

Medical, dental, & vision coverage with competitive compensation based on experience level.