Staff Data Scientist, R&D

Location: San Francisco, CA

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Pendulum® is on a mission to help people improve physical and mental health by creating a new category of products that target the microbiome. We are researching, developing and commercializing a novel class of rationally-designed Live Synbiotics™ (probiotics + prebiotics) that have demonstrated clinical efficacy to treat conditions like metabolic syndrome, inflammation and neurodegeneration.

Pendulum has created proprietary pipelines to build a unique discovery platform that identifies key, novel bacterial strains and the prebiotics that feed them.

We are a highly collaborative team of scientists, engineers, physicians, marketers and salespeople interested in improving human health by using the latest research from diverse fields, such as microbiology, molecular biology, high-throughput genomics, distributed computing, pharmaceutical development and nutrition. We believe strongly in an individual’s transparency and strong communication to enable the most effective and efficient path to team success.

If you’re interested in building a new category of products that will help improve the lives of people globally and you love working in a cross-functional, collaborative, inspiring environment, please continue reading!

As a Staff Data Scientist in our organization, you will use your strong quantitative/statistical background
to collaboratively work with Scientists to design and analyze experiments. This position will have you working closely with R&D and Process Development. You will be instrumental in data analysis, pipeline design and implementation, as well as creating models and reports. You will be in a position to mentor the team in data science, statistics, and experimental design.

This role is very visible within our organization, you will collaborate closely with Data Scientists, Lab Scientists, and Software/Data Engineers doing exciting work. This role will give an unparalleled opportunity to push the boundaries of microbiome and precision medicine research!

What You'll Do:

    • Work with Lab Scientists and lead the design, implementation, and release of quality control pipelines including genomics, flow cytometry, and other molecular assays. You will define metrics to monitor the robustness of these pipelines
    • Work with the Data/Software Engineers to build and execute on a long-term roadmap for internal software tools. At Pendulum, Engineers internally develop databases and the web application that Lab Scientists use to enter and analyze their data. As the Staff Data Scientist, you’ll have a crucial role in defining the requirements for these tools
    • Work with Lab Scientists on research projects and lead lab and clinical data analysis. You will initiate and lead collaborations with academic groups to drive publications with experts in the field. You will work with Research Scientists to evaluate the viability of our strains in different conditions and characterize strains using genomics and molecular assays
    • Synthesize and present results to executives, team leads and senior staff
    • Build and manage a growing team of Data Scientists/Bioinformaticians working in tight collaboration with Lab Scientists, team leads, and senior staff
    • Make Pendulum a great place to work by actively supporting career development, growth, and mentoring of individuals; and by fostering a fun and inclusive team where everyone feels welcome

Knowledge Requirements:

    • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Statistics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or related fields with a strong quantitative background
    • Hands-on experience in designing experiments with Lab Scientists and building models and production pipelines (design, development, deployment and maintenance)
    • Solid knowledge of statistical techniques, e.g., EDA, regression analysis, hypothesis testing and ML methods
    • Hands-on industry experience with python, R, AWS, Docker and Unix/Linux environments using Bash, Make and related Unix tools
    • Plus. Strong understanding of biology and/or bioinformatics algorithms, e.g., sequence assembly
Pendulum's™ team is as diverse as a healthy microbiome. We welcome all to apply.

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