Scientist, Product Development

Oakland, CA

Mission to Reshape Science

Breakthrough discoveries once occurred when scientists like Alexander Fleming noticed the halo of dead bacteria surrounding a mold colony. But today's breakthroughs often go unnoticed because they are buried in uninterpretable spreadsheets, inaccessible data, or excessive experimental noise. Riffyn’s mission is to unlock the full potential of today’s science by delivering clean, connected, meaningful data the moment it is collected.

The Role

Riffyn seeks a scientist to imagine and grow the capabilities of Riffyn’s award-winning cloud software for scientific R&D. This role will report directly to Riffyn’s VP of Product and directly shape the product and its impact Riffyn’s global customer base of biotech, biopharma, materials, chemicals and food companies.

Your responsibilities will include designing new features and product releases, problem-solving user experience and scientific data analysis challenges. Your deep experience as a practicing scientist will be critical to your success in this role. You should deeply understand the scientific process and laboratory environment and be able to fluidly coordinate cross-functional teams, including other scientists within Riffyn and at customer sites.

Riffyn is a venture-backed provider of research design and analytics software (SaaS) to biotech, pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries. Riffyn SaaS offers a unique “design-first” approach to scientific experimentation and product development that solves previously intractable data fragmentation issues. Riffyn provides global R&D organizations with unprecedented access to high-quality data, process design information and integrative data analytics.

The Experience

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to produce solutions that exceed our users' expectations.

  • Imagine new solutions, validate and document deliverables for new features through requirements elicitation, functional specifications, visual design, acceptance criteria, and supporting documentation.

  • Work as part of a team of scientists, engineers, product designers, quality engineers, and business leadership to define product goals, plan releases and upgrades, and ensure teams understand the requirements and scope for each feature.

  • Ensure all deliverables meet acceptance criteria and, where necessary, coordinate and contribute to user acceptance testing.

  • Effectively communicate technical and non-technical details and progress with team members, internal and external stakeholders, and all levels of management.

  • Support the product strategy by contributing to the product roadmap.

Your Background and Skills

  • Bachelors (or higher) degree in a scientific discipline, bioinformatics, bio or chemical engineering or similar field.

  • Experienced with data science as applied to scientific problems, quality engineering, data analytics tools, and methodologies in science.

  • Ability to break down complex problems and design elegant solutions with a focus on usability and data-driven decision-making.

  • Deadline oriented and capable of self-management and multitasking in a fast-paced environment.

  • Exceptional team player and communicator with the ability to lead cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to identify industry, business, and technology trends and best practices.

  • Comfortable navigating uncertainty and defining, prioritizing, and aligning stakeholders on solutions.


Apply with your CV, cover letter, and any portfolio of materials that illustrate your skills (presentations, websites, data analysis, etc.).

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