Open Position

Vice President of Data Science


Phylagen, Inc. is a data analytics company using machine learning to harness the vast, unseen world of microbiomes. The microbiome consists of trillions of interacting bacteria, fungi, and pollen collectively present in dust that inhabit every inch of the world. They not only influence our health and well-being, they also provide information about the origin of objects and raw materials. We are building a data platform by digitizing the DNA of microbiomes found in places and on objects and creating unique, identifiable fingerprints. These fingerprints are then applied to a variety of uses in global supply chains for customers ranging from farmers to retail brands to government. We are turning dust into data to promote a new level of global supply chain transparency using the environmental microbiome.

Phylagen is seeking an experienced entrepreneur to lead a team of three core functions: data science, bioinformatics, and software engineering. You will be bringing a product to market with potential to transform data science and fundamentally change entire industries around the world. The work will require a visionary mindset to help the company chart the future. Reporting directly to the CEO, the role represents a leadership opportunity that will build on Phylagen’s collaborative culture and empower every employee to be an owner of the business. As the company scales you will hire a world class team to provide data insights in ways never before possible.

Phylagen is helping to create more ethical and responsible supply chains by reducing hidden risks of human slavery and environmental damage, and by protecting consumers from dangerous products. Co-founders include Jessica Green, who pioneered the field of built environment microbiome research, and Harrison Dillon, who co-founded and led an algal biofuel company through IPO.  You’ll be part of a tight team working to build the first microbial map of the world, and have the unique opportunity to frame how this novel data source is best used to improve human well-being.


  • Design and oversee systems that support and scale our existing commercial microbiome product.

  • Interface closely with field and laboratory R&D in developing new environmental microbiome data capture systems.

  • Lead the team to convert environmental microbiome data into commercializable insights.

  • Lead the organization in technical strategy as it relates to business development.

  • Mentor and inspire a team of data scientists, bioinformaticians, and software engineers.


You have more than 10 years industry experience in building commercial data science applications. From this experience you can demonstrate:

  • Track record of developing robust commercial products from novel data sources.

  • Strategic integration of data science with business opportunities and constraints.

  • Effective communication of technology and data science to a business audience and business priorities to a technical team.

  • Successful leadership, management, and mentorship of technical teams.

  • Success in dynamic start-up environments.

We welcome applicants with domain experience in any of the following areas

  • Machine learning

  • Data visualization

  • Software engineering

  • Geospatial data and statistics

  • Genomic data

  • Synthesis of disparate data sources

  • Supply chain and forensics

  • Data ethics