The Emerald Cloud Laboratory (ECL) enables life scientists to move out of the lab, and to conduct research entirely from a computer. Stepping away from manual completion of experiments at the bench, scientists on the ECL leverage the remote, automated execution of all standard biology and chemistry experiments in Emerald’s facility in South San Francisco, working within a single software platform for all stages of research workflows, from experimental design to data analysis.
It is our aim at Emerald to build a new technology foundation for the life sciences, driving a multi-decade period of compounding innovation in biotechnology. With the ECL, it becomes as achievable for a small team of scientists to pursue an ambitious therapeutic R&D initiative as it has become for a small team of capable programmers to develop and deploy a web based software product.
The Design Challenge at Emerald
At Emerald, we have an unyielding commitment to world-class design. Design and engineering are both disciplines that have traditionally been neglected in biotech, and we believe it is essential to build each of them into the company’s DNA from early on. Ours is an industry in which software in general is often an afterthought, and software with excellent design is nearly unprecedented. We have the opportunity to introduce an industry-defining product, enabling scientists to step out of the laboratory and into software, and we invite you to join us for the ride.
Because of the broad scope of the problems we are solving, we’re looking for fearless multi-disciplinary designers who can think on their feet. Stretching yourself out of your comfort zone across multiple disciplines is more the rule than the exception at Emerald. You must have at least 1-2 years of design experience, whether at an agency, a startup, or in-house, and demonstrate a capacity to embrace, explore, and conquer the unknown.
You might be a great fit for Design at Emerald if ...
You have multiple problem-solving techniques in your toolkit that ultimately serve the needs of the company, and our customers.
You have a capacity for thinking broadly, or in very small details.
You are a cross-functional designer who can switch hats between visual and interaction design.
You are product-focused, but open to other design avenues like branding, marketing, or print.
You can take direction well, and have different ways of streamlining your production process.
You can effectively communicate the rationale of your approach.
You are collaborative, and will work with both technical and non-technical departments to ensure the integrity of design specifications.
You might be a great fit for Emerald's culture if ...
You can work independently, or with a team.
You enjoy being confronted with complex problems, and devise simple, elegant solutions.
You are deeply empathetic to the needs of people.
You are curious and excited to work hand-in-hand with scientists, and to learn as much as you can.
You are not afraid to question everything down to its core principles. “Because it’s standard practice” is not a path we take.
If you would like to apply or learn more, we’d love to hear from you! Please follow the "Apply" link below, and include your resume as well as a link to your portfolio or Dribbble profile. We also appreciate it if you include a remark or two about where you are coming from and why you are interested in Emerald and this role. We will contact you if we think there could be a match.
About Emerald Cloud Lab
Emerald Cloud Laboratory (ECL) comes from Emerald Therapeutics, our venture-backed biotechnology company based in South San Francisco, California. Emerald was founded by two life-long friends (both Ph.D. scientists) and is staffed by top scientists and engineers from around the world. The ECL was originally developed as an internal product built to streamline research efforts, ensure reproducibility, and provide greater leverage for Emerald's scientists. Now, we are bringing the ECL to the world to provide leaner, more reproducible scientific research to everyone.