Chief science officers in industry used to fit a predictable profile: middle-aged, male, and battle-hardened from many years at the bench. But the template is changing: scientific startups are now creating opportunities for a much wider range of researchers around the world.
Réka Trón, co-founder of startup Multus, is actively seeking someone who can serve as both a computational biologist and a software engineer. But she's open to hearing from someone who is willing and able to learn on the job. "Your motivation is more important to us than perfect grades, university degrees, and a complete curriculum vitae," the Multus website says.
Matt Krisiloff, co-founder of Conception, says that scientists who apply to startups often have a deep supply of curiosity and a tolerance for uncertainty. For various reasons, they also tend to be eager to leave the conventional academic career path. "Unlike in academia, you don't have everyone trying to carve out their own little niches that they have to publish around," Krisiloff says.
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