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Senior Scientist, Population Genetics


0, OR, US


Senior Scientist Population Genetics


Kinship, Mars Petcare's newest division, is a hotbed for future innovation, data science and analytics, and at the forefront of emerging technology for pets, pet owners and veterinarians. At Kinship, we move quickly to create a better world for pets. We are optimistic, purposefully inquisitive, open to all, and passionate about what’s possible. We’re a coalition of bright minds, big ideas, and bold businesses united by our love of pets and our enthusiasm for the future.

Part of Mars, Incorporated, a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love, the 85,000 Associates in Mars Petcare are dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world’s pets and The WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition  has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through a network of over 2,000 pet hospitals. We’re also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry.



At Wisdom Health, we believe it’s what’s on the inside that counts. We contribute to making a Better World for Pets by providing pet parents with genetic insights, unlocking the power of science and innovation.  

When it comes to our pet’s health and happiness, there’s so much more than meets the eye. We uncover insights that help pet parents plan better, care smarter, love longer and make the best choices at every stage of their pet’s life.

We celebrate diversity and connect the dots. We foster ongoing learning and deliver a deeper understanding of your pet. Together we grow smarter, every test, every time. We are a community that’s rooted in science and sustained by wonder. Sharing knowledge is in our DNA. Join us as we DISCOVER TOGETHER.  


  • Push the limits of genetic technology to improve the lives of pets around the world
  • Drive development of best-in-class ancestry analyses and pipelines to support Wisdom Health’s consumer product
  • Identify and utilize the best tools and methods to analyze large genetic datasets
  • Be the company’s domain expert in population genetics and translate these concepts to non-technical stakeholders
  • Collaborate across Product, Engineering, and R&D to define product and technical requirements 


We strive to hire people who are passionate about our mission: creating a better world for pets. For all of our Kinship roles, we look for candidates who exemplify our values:

  • Optimistic. Those who’s boundlessly energy and enthusiasm for what’s next shines through in everything they do. We seek to work with people who are intrinsically happy, and who will drive our vision and purpose while managing the complexities of our businesses.
  • Purposefully Inquisitive. Those who are courageous and use their deep business insights to cultivate innovation. We want the trailblazers in tech. Those who are entrepreneurs at heart, ask the tough questions, adapt quickly to new situations, and analyze data in new ways to push our big ideas forward.
  • Open to All. Those who are inclusive leaders, committed to learning, and leveraging our differences as strengths. We hire people who are naturally collaborative and thrive in a flat and flexible organization. Those who are thoughtful communicators, and seek to foster meaningful relationships across our community of diverse partners.

And for this role, you must have the following skills we require to round out our team:

  • PhD. in Population Genetics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or a related field
  • Expertise in applied population genetics
  • Experience with standard bioinformatics tools (e.g. Python, R, and SQL)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong background in statistics
  • Curiosity to collaborate across cultures, flexibility to work across time zones

If you also had these experiences, you’d knock it out of the dog park:

  • Experience in the consumer genomics space
  • Experience building ancestry pipelines
  • Experience with cloud computing


We offer our associates a unique opportunity to have a completely customizable career within pet care. Through Kinship you will work with and learn from a community of industry executives, pet partners, entrepreneurs, and fellow associates across our startup investment companies, outside partners, and in Mars Petcare. Our nimble and flexible approach to work allows you to make an immediate impact across businesses, while learning new skills at every stage. The diversity of our work opens doors to big opportunities and unlocks enormous potential for countless career experiences in pet care.  Join us in our mission to chart the future of pet care, alongside the industry’s brightest minds.

Kinship’s offices are global, and so are our associates. We are located in NYC, San Francisco, Portland, London, Helsinki, Shanghai, and in Moscow. Many of us flex between our dog-friendly hubs and our home offices. Today, Kinship offers exceptional benefits for you, your family, and your pets, generous paid time off, exponential opportunities to build a career within pet care, and progressive reward packages. Interested? Let’s take big strides, together.

Senior Scientist Population Genetics

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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