Sound Agriculture is an innovator in bio-inspired chemistry and plant genetics. We leverage natural plant diversity to grow crops more sustainably and create differentiated, nutritious food. Sound is a Series C startup funded by leading investors in food and agriculture such as Leaps by Bayer, Northpond Ventures, S2G Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Cavallo Ventures and Syngenta Group Ventures.

We are hiring a Data Engineer to create tools, infrastructure, and digital workflows to accelerate the design-build-test-learn cycle at the heart of Sound Agriculture Research. As part of the Data Science team, the Data Engineer will work closely with scientists and engineers across the Sound Research team to deploy and use powerful technologies ranging from custom local GPU-based HPC to machine learning toolsets and advanced cloud services. 

This is an exciting opportunity to help do excellent data-driven science. The Data Engineer will join the organization as a hands-on developer, partnering with the Director of Data Science to create and deploy the data engineering plan. The Data Engineer role may progress into a team leadership role in the near term. The Data Engineer reports to the Director of Data Science and is based in our Emeryville, CA headquarters on a hybrid remote/in-office schedule. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate across the Research team to create a clean data architecture and enable effective data management 
  • Design, develop, enhance, maintain, and manage data infrastructure including on-prem and AWS compute, storage, LIMs, and informatic platforms (including JMP, github, jupyter, and bioinformatics self-serve tools) 
  • Build in-house DevOps practice, including tools, workflows, infrastructure, and lifecycle management
  • Rapidly prototype data capabilities for a grateful research team as we build the future of crop trait optimization
  • Productionize and publish research informatics workflows which prove valuable
  • Partner with the Sound IT Manager to develop and support infrastructure critical for Sound’s scientific computing environment and data science efforts.

 

Targeted Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated DevOps success, both as a direct contributor and project lead
  • Experience in or development toward people leadership roles
  • Fluency with the data needs of high throughput science, including genomics, lab instrumentation, and advanced on-prem and cloud computation. Experience only with homogeneous advertising, customer, or financial data is less desired
  • Programmatic use of SaaS platforms such as LIMs, statistics and visualization packages, scientific tools, and data service providers
  • Expertise using computational workflows and workflow management in local, HPC, and cloud environments (AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • Outstanding communication skills and the ability to work with experts at varying levels 

This role demonstrates our core values by

  • Boldness, by rapidly learning, evaluating, and adopting best-in-class tools, methods, and practice in DevOps and data stewardship
  • Ownership, by working closely with teams in Sound Research to deliver meaningful data-driven scientific outcomes
  • Respect, by serving as an excellent collaborator across Sound Research to understand business needs, risks, and opportunities to help us work together better
  • Creativity, by exploring technical and process innovations broadly, even outside our sector, to find and implement the best solutions

 

Our Offer 

  • Opportunity to work in an early-stage, disruptive startup with a talented, experienced, and growing team of dedicated individuals
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Performance bonus structure
  • Comprehensive health care plans that include Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
  • Flex Spending Account (Healthcare, Dependent Care & Commuter Benefit)
  • 401k Plan
  • Generous vacation policy
  • Regular team events and engagement activities (we actually like hanging out with each other!)

Sound is based in Emeryville, CA with a number of employees working remotely. We have a mission driven culture and a fast-paced, collaborative work environment. We are looking for someone to join the team who will bring a passion for sustainability along with a deep expertise in the business of food and agriculture.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.

Sound participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the United States. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Sound is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before Sound takes any action, including terminating your employment.

 

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