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Senior Tissue and Data Acquisition Specialist

Verge Genomics

Verge Genomics

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2023
Who We Are
Verge Genomics is a cutting-edge biotechnology company that is revolutionizing the field of drug discovery. Our mission is to develop new treatments for currently incurable diseases using data from human tissues and advanced machine learning techniques. We have built an end-to-end technology-driven drug discovery platform centered around one of the world’s largest human omics databases. We use machine learning to identify complex drivers of disease and turn those insights into promising drug candidates using our internal validation and chemistry capabilities. We’ve had tremendous success with this approach in ALS and our first drug, discovered and validated entirely on our platform, entered the clinic in October 2022.
Who You Are
We are looking for a talented and passionate Tissue and Data Acquisition Specialist to join our Translational Genomics team. You will lead several cross functional projects and play a key role in our target discovery efforts. You will act as a thought leader – reading literature, designing experiments, and communicating relevant information to internal and external stakeholders. You will also collect high-quality tissue and data from banks and repositories, coordinate public data landscaping efforts, manage -omics data generation, and ensure that all tissue and data is accurately collected, stored, and shared.
To excel in this role, you must have a strong background in disease biology, strong written and verbal communication skills, strong project management and organizational skills, and the ability to curate and QC various omics data and metadata.
For example, you may have experience with the following:
· Project leadership and coordinating complex, cross-functional efforts; diligent record keeping.
· Identifying novel disease-driving mechanisms in neurodegeneration or inflammatory diseases.
· Performing diligence on drug targets: I.e., evaluating risks and recommending validation models.
· Representing your lab, institute, or company in external-facing roles with collaborators or partners.
· Evaluating and comparing the capabilities of omics data generating CRO’s.
· Writing statements of work clearly outlining methods, procedures, and deliverables; negotiating.
· Receiving omics data in S3 and QC-ing it to ensure that it meets standards.
· Performing differential gene expression analyses, eQTL / GWAS analyses, etc.
· Generating figures, interpreting and explaining the results in the context of known disease biology.
If you are a highly motivated individual with a passion for using cutting-edge technologies to solve complex biological problems, we want to hear from you. Join us at Verge Genomics and help us change the world of drug discovery.

You Must Have...

  • A Ph.D. in biology or a related field with 0-2 years of experience studying central or peripheral disease biology.
  • Familiarity with one or more omics data types or technologies (e.g., bulk or single-nuclei RNA-Seq, long-read RNA-Seq, proteomics, genomics).
  • Experience with R and Python in the context of bioinformatics analyses and data QC.
  • Exceptional written, verbal, communication, and organizational skills and project management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience linking therapeutic targets (e.g., genes, proteins, receptors) to disease through known interactions or pathways.
  • A flexible and resilient mindset – you must be able to adjust easily to new or changing circumstances and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • A focus on patient impact and desire to develop meaningful therapeutics.

You May Have...

  • Experience using Benchling software.
  • Experience handling and processing human tissues.
  • Experience with nucleic acid extraction and QC and/or library prep for omics data generation.
  • Experience interacting with human tissue banks.
  • Data organization and familiarity with database language and queries (e.g. SQL, neo4j).

What's In It For You...

  • Flexibility with respect to where and how you work (remote, hybrid, or onsite).
  • Ground floor at a startup with high growth potential.
  • The creative freedom to think and work independently.
  • A company with a great culture that truly values its employees.
  • Competitive benefits.
Compensation & Benefits at Verge Genomics:
Our target starting salary for successful US-based applicants for this role will vary from $114,700 to $130,200 depending upon the skillset and experience of the candidate. To determine starting pay, we consider multiple job-related factors including a candidate’s skills, education and experience, the level at which they are actually hired, market demand, business needs, and internal parity. We may also adjust this range in the future based on market data.
This role is eligible for participation in our Annual Performance Bonus Plan (based on company targets by role level and annual company performance) and all employees are offered Equity, subject to the terms of those plans and associated policies.
In addition, Verge Genomics also provides our employees:
*Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage
*401(k) plan with employer matching for contributions
*Disability insurance, Life insurance, Dependant Care FSA and Healthcare FSA
*Unlimited paid time off
*Paid parental leave
*Access to free onsite fitness center
*Free snacks and lunch for employees who work onsite
*WFH stipend for employees who work remotely
Help us revolutionize the way drugs are discovered & developed:
The startup nature of Verge Genomics provides multiple growth opportunities into other areas of the company. As one of the early employees at Verge, your work will have a direct impact on the foundation of a groundbreaking new drug development model.