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Research Assistant, Survey Science

Embark Veterinary
Ithaca, NY
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Who we are:

Join Embark on our mission to improve the life and longevity of dogs everywhere. Our canine DNA test — the highest-rated, most accurate on the market — enables us to make scientific advances in personalized pet care. Recently named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine, Embark is the only canine genetics company using research-grade technology, which allows us to make new scientific discoveries.

Designed by world leaders in dog genetics in partnership with Cornell University, the Embark Dog DNA Test provides information on genetic health risks and breed make-up, allowing dog owners, breeders, and veterinarians to make personalized care plans based on a dog's unique genetic profile. Embark is also home to the world’s only canine DNA relative finder. No wonder The New York Times recently called Embark’s Breed and Health Kit the best dog DNA test available!

Interested in joining our pack? We are looking for highly motivated and mission-driven employees who will join us as Embark leads the cutting edge of creativity and innovation in the fast-growing consumer genetics space.

About the role:

Embark has a part-time position available for a Research Assistant in Survey Science. Our surveys allow us to gather important data about dogs’ appearance, behavior, medical conditions, etc., which are essential for furthering genetic discoveries.

This position would be an ideal fit for an undergraduate or graduate student looking to gain experience in Survey Science, including principles of effective survey design, technical skill development, documentation protocols, testing, and deployment. Students in social or behavioral sciences, public health, or animal sciences may find this role to be of particular interest. Existing knowledge of (or interest in learning) basic analytics, SQL, and Python is a plus! The position is designed to offer a flexible work schedule to accommodate the demands of academic studies. We are especially interested in candidates who expect to average 8-12 hours/week.

What you’ll do:

The work is focused on building surveys in Qualtrics, pre-launch testing, and creating important documentation (e.g., codebooks) for our repository of surveys. Survey building will include some more advanced elements of survey design, including branching logic, piping data, and creating questions with a variety of response types. The work may also include QA/QC on survey responses and other approaches for data validation and quality checks.

What experience we’re looking for:

We’re looking for an independent and highly motivated individual who is interested in human behavior and improving the health of dogs! Previous experience building surveys in software such as Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, or REDCap is ideal. Prior work experience and strong recommendations are important.

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 vibrant work environment in which we study dog phenomics and genomics
  • A flexible out-of-office policy so you can take the time you need when you need it for academic commitments
  • Competitive salary for part-time employment ($15/hr)
  • An opportunity to support our mission to improve canine health and longevity through science

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.

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Embark Veterinary


Ithaca, NY
14850 USA



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