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About Finch

Finch is unlocking the therapeutic potential of the microbiome via a human-first drug discovery platform. We support clinical studies that intentionally manipulate the microbiome to investigate causality in diseases that are otherwise poorly understood. Using high-throughput molecular data from clinical studies and ex-vivo experiments, we identify specific strains that drive clinical phenotypes and responses to microbial therapies. Our team values transparency, integrity, humility, and collaboration, and we intend to have fun while maximizing our ability to make an impact on patients’ lives. We are searching for passionate teammates eager to support this mission.

At Finch, you can expect to engage deeply in the core of our mission. You will grow with a dynamic, rapidly expanding organization, and have an opportunity to contribute to cutting edge research that will truly impact patients’ lives. We offer a competitive compensation package plus healthcare and other benefits. As we grow, there will be opportunities for promotion and professional development.

Position Summary

The Head of Data Science will report to the VP of Research and lead a diverse team of computational scientists and data engineers to envision, design and execute computational strategies to address Finch’s broad research and development objectives. Your group functions in a matrix organization, supporting Program Leads in multiple disease areas, as well as supporting development of the Research and Development platforms at Finch, but the responsibility for setting the scientific trajectory and methodological development of computational analyses largely resides within your group. 

Responsibilities 

  • Build infrastructure, methods, and a scientific plan to generate and integrate high-throughput molecular data (metagenomics, genomics, metabolomics, etc.) collected from clinical trials, observational studies, in vitro screens and microbiology databases, towards the goals of creating rationally designed microbial therapeutics.
  • Triage priorities across research programs, pre-program areas, and development in a matrixed environment where you are jointly responsible for scoping the biological questions and well as methods and interpretation.
  • Drive development of new algorithmic approaches to statistical modeling of the microbiome.
  • Work closely with our bench scientists to plan high throughput data generation and analysis in support of discovery process and product decision making.
  • Lead strategic decisions around how to develop and maintain our computational discovery platform including software, databases, and computing hardware, ensuring scalability and interoperability between its components.
  • Proactively plan improvements to the Finch discovery platform with statistical/quantitative/computational analysis, even in areas and applications where not explicitly directed to do so.
  • Evaluate new technologies, tool, and collaborations for high throughput data generation and analysis to address the broader research goals of Finch.
  • Support both existing drug development programs as well as help evaluate new indication areas and build out analytical strategies for nascent programs.
  • Integrate with clinical trial design to ensure donor selection, sample collection and other critical design components support downstream data analysis, discovery, and product development efforts.
  • Flexibly adapt mentoring and management practices to accommodate diverse technical backgrounds and experience levels.
  • Represent the company both internally and externally with the scientific and business communities.
  • Attract and develop a world-class team of computational scientists and build a culture of innovation that fosters teamwork and optimizes performance.
  • Inculcate a culture of truth seeking, transparency, ownership, collaboration, and feedback in the Data Science group and the whole of Finch.
  • Qualifications

  • PhD in Computational Biology or related discipline
  • 8 - 10 years of data science experience in life sciences, with 2+ years in biopharmaceutical research 
  • Academic or professional background in NGS analysis, microbiology, evolution, ecology, genomics
  • Understanding of theory and practice of machine learning and statistical modeling
  • Understanding of theory and hands-on experience with a broad range of current bioinformatics and computational biology tools, methods, and applications
  • Proven leadership skills with ability to innovate and collaborate; experience managing PhD scientists in a drug discovery setting
  • Strong scientific communication of conclusions drawn from large, complex datasets
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced matrix environment with cross-functional teams and competing priorities
  • More About Finch

    Here at Finch, we strive to create the best work environment and experience for you through our formal benefits programs and fringe perks. Together, we hope that we'll create a fun & supportive environment in and out of the workplace as we strive to create a new class of therapeutics together to help patients.

  • Our formal benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield in addition to life insurance and long-term & short-term disability policies. We offer discretionary and flexible paid time off policies. Should you choose to start a family while working at Finch, we aspire to lead our peers by offering several months of paid parental leave. We also offer a generous non-discretionary 401K contribution to help teammates save for life beyond Finch in the future and other savings and investment opportunities.
  • We also try to keep the workplace an inspiring and motivating place to work with our fringe perks . Our new facilities in Somerville, MA include an in-office gym with a shower and towel service, fully stocked kitchen with free snacks, iced coffee & flavored and sparkling waters on tap and highly subsidized meals through LeanBox. We offer a discount to a local gym (Brooklyn Boulders) and sponsor ride-sharing to and from the office from preset locations around Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. We are always evaluating our fringe perks and hope to grow them alongside our team.

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