Job Opening

Octant Apprentice Class: 2022 - 2023

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.


Octant is looking for the class of 2022 Apprentices! You're a recent graduate excited to train in Octant's core technologies before your next professional step. Whether you're excited about startups, working in industry, or planning on going to graduate school, you're motivated by Octant's mission to engineer biology to rationalize drug discovery. As part of the Octant team, you'll learn from some of the top scientists in synthetic biology, multiplexed assays, chemistry, and bioinformatics while helping move our drug discovery programs forward. You love working in the lab, are organized, and take pride in your work. You 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.

As an Octant Apprentice (OA) at Octant, you'll:
  • Work closely with a scientist mentor to support and expand Octant's platform technologies to develop novel therapeutics. This includes synthetic biology, multiplexed assays, chemistry, computation, and drug discovery.
  • Participate in technical workshops and learn skills such as analyzing data using custom analysis pipelines, mammalian tissue culture, cutting edge molecular cloning techniques, high-throughput chemical synthesis, cell-based assays, and more.
  • Experience the multiple facets of a startup, including recruiting and discussing scientific strategy.
  • Expand your network with other startups, academic programs, and investors during network events and monthly fireside chats.
This job might be great for you if you:
  • Are looking for 1-2 years of full-time research and engineering experience.
  • Are excited about implementing novel techniques and developing scalable infrastructure.
  • Participated in undergraduate research experience involving biology, biochemistry, engineering, chemistry, bioinformatics, or computational biology.
  • Enjoy working in the lab and are excited to learn and develop novel protocols that impact the company workflow (for example, an apprentice helped develop OCTOPUS)
  • Are detail-oriented and thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, team-oriented startup environment.

Have questions? Interested in applying? Please send a resume/CV to by January 14th at 5pm and check out our Octant Apprenticeship blog posts here and here! For more information on the program, check out our dedicated program page.

Medical, dental, & vision coverage with competitive compensation based on experience level. Octant is an equal opportunity company. We welcome everyone, and we do our best to make sure all people feel supported and connected at work. We're working towards a more diverse scientific community and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.