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Octant, Inc. 

Computational scientist

Emeryville, CA

Job Description. Octant is a great place for scientists excited to work at the interfaces of genomics, cell engineering, data science, and deep biological expertise. As a member of the Octant team, you’ll contribute to Octant’s scientific strategy by designing, executing on, and interpreting results for significant technology projects. You’ll draw from diverse areas of biology to solve challenging problems beyond your area of expertise. In addition, you thrive on getting things done, are eager to trouble-shoot 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 Biological Assays – Statistical methodologies, computational pipelines, and custom analyses for interpreting multiplexed biological assays.

  • Genomics – Experience with large-scale human genomics and population datasets. Analyzing and interpreting single-cell datasets in human cell lines

  • Synthetic Bio/Chem Bio Automation and Informatics – Informatics solutions for large-scale synthetic/molecular biology and large-scale automation on design-build-test workflows.

  • (Bio)Chemical Learning – Large-scale structure-guided drug design, especially for GPCRs; Ligand-based learning approaches exploiting large functional datasets; Novel methods at refining structures using large functional datasets

This job might be great for you if you:

  • Have a PhD in a CS, engineering or biology-related field or equivalent experience.

  • 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 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.

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.