Lead Science Editor

San Francisco Bay Area /
Operations /
Full time
A Bit About Us:
We are Arcadia Science. Arcadia is a well-funded for-profit biology research and development company founded and led by scientists. Our mission is to give a community of researchers the freedom and tools to be adventurous, to discover, and to make scientific exploration financially self-sustaining in the life sciences. We are inspired by the spirit of exploration and aspire to evolve how science is done, who it attracts and rewards, and what it can achieve.

There are over one trillion species on this planet. Each of these presents an unparalleled opportunity to ask how evolution has solved problems, holding the keys to the greatest technology we have — biology itself. Yet, this technology remains remarkably underexplored. At Arcadia, we will bring together scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to unlock this potential by pursuing discovery-based research across diverse organisms. We will invest in the development of enabling research tools that can supercharge expansion into new organisms by the broader scientific community. Translational opportunities that emerge from our research will be commercialized to sustain and fuel our continued exploration across a wider slice of biology.

Research @ Arcadia:
At Arcadia, we are building an intramural research and development program that will encompass three areas: (1) emerging organismal biology, (2) enabling research technologies, and (3) translational development. Research areas will be carried out by independent scientists and scientist-led research teams. Arcadia research teams will be small in size, collaborative in nature, and charged with the exciting responsibility to pursue science that is more high-risk and exploratory than typical life science research programs. We will invest heavily in creative technology teams that can invent new research tools or engineer workflows that are currently optimized for model organismal systems. Strategic coordination between teams will be key for maximizing these investments. In addition to leading teams, Arcadia scientists will be driving engagement with the broader scientific community in order to maximize the impact of our work and identify research areas and needs that Arcadia may be uniquely positioned to address.

Research Communications @ Arcadia
The impact of our research is best realized by communicating it with the public. To promote sharing of our work early and often, we will be posting our data in public repositories and providing context around these findings on our own platform rather than traditional scientific journals. We will also proactively seek public feedback on our broad range of research products so that we can improve and iterate on our science. You can read more about our publishing philosophy here. In order to help our in house scientists communicate their results as effectively possible, we are seeking an in house lead editor to work with scientists on refining their research output and to manage public feedback.

The Opportunity
The ideal candidate will have a PhD or equivalent experience in the life sciences, some editorial experience, an eye for detail, good writing skills to help convey complex topics to a non-expert audience, and be able to interact with a broad range of scientists both in house as in the community to manage public feedback. Most importantly, they must be eager to experiment with new ways of scholarly research communication. Salary is expected to be $80K-$150K, plus benefits.

In the first few months, you'll be helping to communicate our first public data release to the broader public, and making critical decisions on policies and norms around how Arcadia communicates to a broader audience.

In the first year, you'll be working closely with our scientists to identify, capture, and share stories of the science conducted at Arcadia with a broader technical and non-technical audience. You'll also work to develop methods for effectively engaging the scientific community to obtain public feedback on science at Arcadia.

In the first few years, you'll be coordinating a team of freelance writers and creators to increase the volume of communication, as Arcadia begins to rapidly scale.

The Arcadia Story:
We are a research and development company leveraging the biology of emerging research organisms. We were founded by Seemay Chou and Prachee Avasthi, scientists convinced there is a better way to explore the full potential of science: how discoveries can be both meaningful and profitable. We are building a team of in-house scientists to carry out active research programs and convene a broader scientific community with a visiting scholars and internship program. Read more about our mission here, FAQs here, and Seemay’s founding story here.

Arcadia Science is an equal opportunity workplace; we welcome people from all backgrounds and communities. We provide competitive compensation and practical benefits to keep you happy and healthy so that you can do your best work.

Not sure if this is you?
We are building a diverse team, with a broad range of experience, expertise, and perspectives. If you don’t meet all of the above qualifications, you should still consider applying to Arcadia. We carefully consider every application, and will either move forward with you, suggest another role within Arcadia that might be a better fit, keep in touch for future opportunities, or thank you for your time.
We want to ensure Arcadia is an environment that suits your working style and empowers you to do your best work, so we are eager to answer any questions that you have about us at any point in the interview process.