Director of Scientific Computing

  • Pivot Bio
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Feb 08, 2020
Full Time

Job Description

About Pivot Bio

Fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the soil microbiome, Pivot Bio is pioneering game-changing advances in agriculture. Our first commercial product harnesses the power of naturally-occurring microbes to provide nutrients to crops. We are dedicated to providing new sustainable ways for farmers to improve yield as they work to help feed the world’s growing population.

Pivot Bio is seeking a Director of Scientific Computing to develop and grow our computational biology team of software engineers, bioinformaticians, and data scientists. This position will build our capability to provide world-class data services and analytics to our R&D team, supporting our mission to revolutionize agriculture with microbial nitrogen fixation.   

What You'll Do:

  • Lead hiring and development of a world-class team of data scientists, data curators, software engineers, and bioinformatics scientists.
  • Prioritize tasks and projects to help our data team members service the needs of R&D users spanning our product pipeline from microbial discovery to agronomic data analysis.
  • Drive the roadmap and delivery of data services to Pivot Bio’s Research & Development organization.
  • Work with the leadership team to help define how data can meet and contribute to our strategic needs.

Skills/Experience Desired:

  • PhD with 8+ years experience or Bachelors / Masters with equivalent experience in an industry with biological or agricultural data.
  • Technical background in bioinformatics and/or biostatistics. Experience managing scientific software development projects.
  • Experience recruiting, managing, and project managing a technical data team.
  • Able to balance the need to provide consistent long-term data support with the need to innovate quickly.
  • Ability to communicate to and get buy-in from stakeholders throughout the organization.
  • Experience in a growth-stage start-up or building from a small team is preferred.

 What we offer:

  • Competitive package in an early-stage, disruptive startup
  • Stock options
  • Health/Dental/Vision
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Exciting opportunity to work with a talented and fun team

Impact areas

Food & Agriculture  


51-200 employees  

Organization type

For-profit startup/company  

Climate solutions

Nutrient Management  

Will sponsor Visa