Associate Computational Biologist, R&D – Future Technologies

Boston, MA
Full Time
Entry Level

CATALOG, a Boston-based pioneering startup, is making significant strides in the field of data storage and computation by harnessing the power of DNA. DNA, known for its millennia-long stability, unrivaled information density, and cost-effective replicability, offers revolutionary potential for latency-tolerant high-density data storage and massively parallel computation. We're seeking a motivated Associate Computational Biologist with an interest in synthetic biology to join our interdisciplinary team and contribute to the development of CATALOG's DNA-based data storage and computation platform.

In this role, you will:

  • Build custom software tools to assess DNA sequencing metrics
  • Assist research and development activities for developing bioinformatics pipelines
  • Support the translation of new technology from bench protocol to a fully automated solution at scale with cloud-based software tools
  • Collaborate with hardware and software teams to implement new software tools to assess the end-to-end platform performance
  • Analyze NGS data, present findings, and make recommendations to internal and external stakeholders
  • Continuously assess current literature for innovation opportunities

We are looking for someone with experience in the following areas:

  • Programming with Python and C/C++, in a Linux environment, and with relevant tools
  • Understanding of molecular biology with an emphasis on nucleic acid chemistry
  • Experience with and understanding of NGS platforms and software tools
  • Experience interfacing with computation platforms via the Unix CLI in both commercial (Azure, GCP, AWS) and academic settings
  • Experience with long-read, solid-state, and/or protein sequencing is preferred
  • Familiarity with lab automation, though not required, is a plus

We are looking for someone driven by:

  • The excitement of building novel tools and technologies at the intersection of synthetic biology and engineering
  • The opportunity to contribute to a supportive and collegial team with a growth mindset
  • The challenge of teaching and learning from colleagues of diverse academic/industry backgrounds
  • The prospect of wearing many hats as we pioneer the future of DNA-based data storage and computation

You will also need to be able to:

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Exhibit creativity and proactivity in problem-solving
  • Collaborate effectively in small, cross-disciplinary teams
  • Be a dependable team player with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Plan and execute tasks independently

We are looking for someone with:

  • A B.S. or M.S. in computational biology, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, or a related discipline, coupled with ideally with 1+ years of industry experience, showcasing a strong academic and practical background
  • Breadth of experience in and ability to design and build DNA sequence analysis software tools from conceptualization to implementation

At CATALOG, we empower you to think critically, work creatively, and conquer uncharted problems in a groundbreaking field. We prioritize building an inclusive team that embraces diverse viewpoints, supports workforce diversity, and offers competitive compensation packages, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) with company matching.

Please note, visa sponsorship is not available for this position


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