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Embark Veterinary Staff Engineer to Lead Web Platform Development in Boston, Massachusetts

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.

The Role:

This Staff Engineer role will provide technical expertise across all of Embark?s web development teams. Your primary objective will be to work with senior leadership to lead refinement and implementation of the core platform that will be used by all teams building web applications at Embark. You will be the key contributor to the next generation of Embark?s technology to support our fast growth.

The Opportunity:

  • Lead development of the web platform that enables other teams to develop faster

  • Split your time roughly 60% individual contributions and 40% leadership activities (e.g. mentoring, meetings, etc.)

  • Help build a team and cultivate innovation by driving cross-collaboration and execution of projects across multiple teams through your engineering skills.

  • Design, develop, test, deploy, maintain, operate, and improve the software.

  • Mentor and train other team members on writing maintainable systems.

  • Provide key input to influence strategic improvements to product quality, security, and performance.

  • Lead the definition and improvement of our internal standards for style, maintainability, and best practices for a high-scale web environment. Maintain and advocate for these standards through code review.

  • Actively seek out the most challenging impediments to our efficiency as a team ("technical debt"), propose and implement solutions that will enable the entire team to iterate faster


  • At least a Bachelors in Computer Science or equivalent practical experience

  • 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 including effective out-of-hours support and maintenance

  • 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 Offer

  • Dog-friendly office near South Station, Boston

  • Perks tailored for dog lovers including subsidized dog-walking services and paw-ternity leave

  • Startup perks with big-company benefits

  • Competitive salaries, all-inclusive health care, and equity participation

  • A flexible vacation policy along with paid maternal and paternal leave

  • Fully-stocked office snack bar and regular office events

  • New iMacs and MacBook Pros, or laptops running Linux

  • Continuing education including attending conferences

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.