Employee Spotlight - Jay Huang

Jay is currently a Computational Scientist working on the Digital Chemistry Team at Cyclica, where he focuses on building and maintaining an internal protein structure database used for the development of in-house predictive models as well as other computational tools. Jay completed his Ph.D. in computational biophysics from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. Before his graduate studies, Jay obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University in China. Jay considers himself a lifelong learner and has a long-term interest in AI-based, protein structure-based drug discovery.

What do you like about working at Cyclica? 

I like many things about working at Cyclica, but its people, culture and vision are the three most important things. Cyclica is the home to a group of very talented people with diverse backgrounds. With a 65% Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Prospecting (INTP) personality, I sometimes enjoy receiving different perspectives, constructive feedback, fun knowledge and technical tricks through interacting with brilliant co-workers. At the same time, Cyclica has a people-centric culture that further makes people thrive on what they are already good at doing. Cyclica cares about its employees by providing them with many benefits, including a long-term policy for work from anywhere, unlimited wellness days, flexible working hours, fun social events, and so on. At Cyclica, I often feel valued because employees are encouraged to take on projects that align with their career plans. Finally, because of my long-term interest in AI-driven drug discovery, I see ample opportunities to continue to learn and grow within the organization as Cyclica consistently grows to be a leader in the data-driven drug discovery sector.    

What’s your fav software system or app helps you in your daily work? 

My favorite tool so far is Terminator! Terminator is a terminal emulator that allows me to open multiple terminals on one window at the same time. This is a game changer because I often need to open, read, write and compare files from different folders, and it is helpful for me to access several files from different directories side by side. Besides, I often like to open one terminal to monitor CPU and memory usage while running scripts from other terminals. This tool is also beneficial for conducting multiple tasks simultaneously since I can work in one terminal for half an hour and keep it open while switching to another terminal for another task for some time. 

p3How do you define success?

Ideally, I think success is about doing work I love the most while making a living. However, this is quite difficult to achieve in reality because, first of all, it is not easy to find the job that someone truly loves (or finding things that one would love from the bottom of the heart is just not trivial because the human being is such a complicated creature, and there are just so many different careers one can try in the world). Secondly, a career that appeals to someone may not necessarily be properly compensated. Therefore, realistically speaking, I think professional success can be defined as a good balance between doing work that one would like and that one can receive decent compensation, and the balance point differs for different individuals.

What’s one thing - either work-related or not - you learned in the last month? 

I learned how to make cool videos! After watching so many videos, or Vlogs, one thought suddenly came to me one night: why not make Vlogs? Without hesitation, I began using several tools for editing video and music clips and completed my first Vlog on TikTok several weeks ago!

What are 3 things on your bucket list?
  • Travel around the world
  • Become a painter someday and have my art exhibition 
  • Visit Moon for a couple of days (I have faith in future science and technology)

What do you like to do when you aren’t at work? 

I would continuously swim first and then do other activities afterwards. I picked up swimming by myself in March of 2017 in graduate school. I started it as a simple exercise to alleviate my lower back pain, but unexpectedly, I fell in love with swimming ever since. I love swimming because it strengthens my whole body but also because (perhaps more importantly) I can unconsciously empty my mind when I am underwater. So in this regard, swimming is more like a workout meditation. 

You can connect with Jay on LinkedIn.

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