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Scientific Computing Engineer

Emerald Cloud Lab, South San Francisco, CA

By Scientists, For Scientists



About Emerald

At Emerald, we are building the software and hardware infrastructure to accelerate the pace of life sciences research, with the intention of laying the foundations for a period of flourishing innovation in biotechnology and medicine in the coming decades. It is our aim to make it 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 programmers to develop and deploy a web-based software product.

The Emerald Cloud Laboratory (ECL) is a web-based life sciences lab, enabling scientists to move out of the lab, and to instead conduct research remotely from a computer. It empowers scientists to specify experiments with the precision and reproducibility of code, and to abstract away the physical execution of those experiments to Emerald’s robotically-driven facility in South San Francisco. Through the ECL, the resulting experimental data is accessible in perpetuity, detailed metadata is linked and explorable, and investigators are equipped with a suite of computational tools to drive of the algorithmic components of data analysis, freeing them to focus on the insights that are uniquely derived by scientists.

Emerald Scientific Computing

The charge of Emerald's Scientific Computing team is to build into the ECL the cutting-edge computational tools and techniques that can significantly augment the research process for any life scientist. First, these include the existing models and algorithms whose usage currently distinguishes a computational scientist from a laboratory scientist. In addition, these include underlying models, and the associated higher level analysis and simulation capabilities, which have yet to be developed. On the Sci Comp team, you will introduce a broad suite of analysis, modeling and simulation tools across the comprehensive list of in vitro experiments offered through the ECL, spanning fields as diverse as computational chemistry, bioinformatics, systems biology, and more.

About You
We’re looking for extremely versatile, engineering-driven scientists and mathematicians who are excited to reshape scientific research through software

You might be a great fit for Emerald Sci Comp if …

  • You have over five years of experience in computational research or applied math (Masters degree in Computational Biology or similar required, PhD preferred).
  • You have deep knowledge of (undergraduate degree or stronger) chemistry, biology, or physics.
  • You have strong programming skills in a variety of languages.
  • You have scientific expertise in physical or statistical modeling of large scale systems.
  • You are an expert in computational chemistry, computational biology, or bioinformatics.
  • You have extensive experience in either Mathematica, Matlab, R or other high-level data driven languages.

You might be a great fit for Emerald's culture if …

  • You’ve got grit. Setbacks just sweeten the eventual wins.
  • When a hard problem confronts you, you are too busy conceiving of potential solutions to get immediately hung up on the question of whether it can be solved.
  • You are impressively empathetic.
  • You are intellectually fearless. At Emerald, being an "engineering-driven scientist" includes taking things apart to build them right, from the nuts and bolts if necessary.
  • You are not afraid to diverge from precedent when first-principles thinking illuminates another path.
Next Steps

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 and 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.

Emerald Cloud Lab

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