About us Discover your dog more than fur deep with the most comprehensive DNA test on the market. Designed by world leaders in dog genetics, in partnership with Cornell University, the Embark DNA Test tells owners what breeds make up their pets, how to prevent future possible health problems, and what features and traits their pet might have. Help us end preventable disease in dogs and improve the lives of pets and their people through genomics. Embark is the only dog DNA test using a research-grade DNA microarray, letting us give our customers the most accurate and comprehensive results on the market. More importantly, it allows us to do ongoing research into the genetics of dogs, which are a fantastic population for genetic discovery due to selective breeding over time. Our research focuses on mapping new traits and diseases, improving personalized veterinary medicine, and developing new breeding programs to eliminate preventable diseases in pets. Interested in joining? We’re looking for highly motivated and driven employees who will help us stay on the cutting edge of creativity and innovation in the fast-growing consumer genetics space.

Embark Veterinary Inc.

Boston, MA

Lead Software Engineer - Hypergrowth Biotech startup helping dogs!

$170,000-$190,000 / YEAR

About the role:

On the web development team, you will craft delightful digital experiences with Product Management and Design partners that span a full vertical slice, from UI to backend. Each Agile team consists of 3-4 engineers, a Product Manager, UX/UI designer, and/or an Analyst. Our teams align to a core business domain: Consumer, Breeder, Veterinary, or Long Term Value. This year is a very exciting time to join Embark; this year the team will:

  • Evolve Embark’s architecture to enable Embark to continue to scale exponentially
  • Bring to life new and exciting business developments that make Embark a standard, global brand in providing pet wellness
  • Compound the delightful experiences we provide to our highly rated products

Our Stack

TypeScript, jest, eslint, prettier, npm

VueJS, HTML5, CSS3, SASS

NodeJS, Express, PostgreSQL, Redis

AWS (ElasticBeanstalk, RDS, ElastiCache, etc.), CircleCI, CloudFormation, git (GitHub)

What you’ll do:

You will lead engineers on your team while collaborating with cross functional leaders across Engineering, Science, Product, and Design to form best practices, processes, and decisions that lead Embark to become the global leader in pet wellness. Here’s a closer look at the day to day:

  • Write and review reusable patterns that enable your team to rapidly and continually evolve systems
  • Coach your team through day to day technical tradeoffs
  • Lead your team through discovery and delivery of challenging, multi-month initiatives that require synthesis of information across cross-functional Embark teams
  • Collaborate with Product and Design to deliver a best in class product experience supported by your team
  • Peer with Engineering Managers to grow your team skills by identifying challenging opportunities
  • Foster a culture of consistent, high quality data driven execution amongst your team
  • Inform the technical roadmap and architecture to enable our technology to support Embark’s continued exponential growth
  • Build strong relationships and contracts with teams that use your team’s services (e.g API consumers, internal tooling support, etc.)

What experience we’re looking for:

  • At least a Bachelors in Computer Science or equivalent professional experience
  • 7+ years of professional web development experience as an individual contributor
  • Expertise in:
    • Building, maintaining and operating large-scale distributed web applications built by multiple teams
    • Introducing best practices to legacy systems
    • DevOps processes, systems and tooling
    • Developing, maintaining, and operating critical production systems
  • Deep experience in one or more of the following:
    • Frontend development with frameworks like VueJS, React
    • NodeJS
    • DevOps
    • Ecommerce
    • Data architecture
    • Observability
    • Distributed web applications
  • Experience with:
    • TypeScript with NodeJS and Vue
    • A consumer-focused product company
    • Managing multi-month, multi-person projects and collaborating with non-technical partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills, both written (design docs, RFCs, system documentation, user guides, PowerPoint management reports etc) and verbal (leading and facilitating effective meetings, training, pair programming etc)
  • Passion for dogs and genetics
  • Interest in staying up to date with the latest technologies, architectures, and management skills
  • Willingness to participate in on-call rotation including some weekends and holidays

What we can offer:

At Embark, we might be dog lovers, but we’re passionate about people too. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where all employees can belong and flourish. Here are some of our benefits and perks:

  • A flexible vacation policy so you can take off the time you need when you need it
  • Paid maternal and paternal leave (plus paw-ternity leave for new pets)
  • Every other Friday off each summer
  • Dog-friendly office near South Station, Boston (when we get back to the office), with some flexibility (eg work from home at least 2 days a week, flexibility around child care needs, etc)
  • Perks tailored for dog lovers including subsidized pet insurance and dog-walking services
  • Startup perks with big-company benefits (401k match, a generous bonus structure, commuter benefits, top-of-the-line healthcare, HSA/FSA)
  • Competitive salaries and equity participation — every employee gets stock options
  • Fully-stocked office snack bar and regular office events
  • New iMacs and MacBook Pros, or laptops running Linux
  • Continuing education, including attending conferences and company-provided resources to help with individual growth and development

Embark is an equal opportunity workplace and values diversity at our company. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws. See also EEO is the Law.