Senior Bioinformatics Engineer 


DNA Science | United States

Senior Bioinformatics Engineer

  • Remote
  • United States
  • DNA Science
  • Full-time

About Ancestry:

When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery. 


With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.


The AncestryDNA Science team’s goal is to deliver the next generation of consumer genomic tests to shed light on human diversity, origins, and relationships. As a Senior Bioinformatics Engineer, you will help deliver on this mission by using your software engineering and genomics skills to support research and new product development for Ancestry’s direct-to-consumer DNA test. In this critical role, you will work in multidisciplinary teams to build complex genomic data analysis pipelines and cloud infrastructure.

What You'll Do:

  • Partner with scientists to create and maintain software that analyzes large datasets to create products in for family history
  • Automate existing science processes and work with engineering teams to transition research and machine learning software into production
  • Work with other Bioinformatics engineers to build and support a scalable cloud environment used by Ancestry’s DNA Science team
  • Champion coding and software best practices to improve software quality

Who You Are:

  • A degree in Computer Science, Genetics, Physics, Engineering or other quantitative field with 5 years of industry experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Expertise in several of the following: Python, R, AWS, SQL, Java, C++, Shell scripting, git, and Hadoop/Spark in a distributed Unix environment
  • Ability to debug and optimize research grade software
  • Self-starter with strong communication skills and sense of ownership to complete projects independently while thriving in team environment
  • Able to apply feedback in a professional manner
  • Experience with Bash, Linux administration
  • Communication skills, especially explaining technical concepts to non-technical business leaders
  • Knowledge of infrastructure tools (ex. SLURM, SGE), Terraform, and AWS CloudFormation
  • Experience deploying tools in the cloud (e.g. AWS, GCP, Azure)Experience with workflow orchestration tools (e.g. Snakemake, nexflow, etc)

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience designing, building, and supporting complex software and distributed compute systems
  • Familiarity with the AWS ecosystem
  • Experience working with biological data/scientists

(Colorado only*) Minimum salary of $140,000/year + eligible for bonus, equity, and comprehensive benefits including health, dental and vision.  Read more about our benefits HERE.

*Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20)


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Additional Information:

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  


Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.


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