Staff Bioinformatics Engineer 


DNA Science | United States

Staff 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 DNA 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 Staff 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, work with cutting-edge technology to engineer huge datasets, and empower scientific discovery with a scalable cloud infrastructure. 

What You'll Do:

  • Participate in requirements refinement, architecture discussions, design specification reviews, and test plan development for features across the full stack
  • Write clean, maintainable code and documentation using engineering best practices.
  • Write unit, component, and integration tests
  • Design, implement, and test backend APIs
  • Work with quality engineering teams to design test plans for developed software
  • Research new tools, technologies, and test processes for software developments
  • Provide informal leadership to junior developers within the team and act as a coach and mentor in all spheres of the Software Development Life Cycle.
  • Utilize systems thinking and strong technical expertise to progress critical software development projects through all aspects of the Software Development Life Cycle; from conception to testing to product delivery.

Who You Are:

  • A degree in Computer Science, Genetics Engineering or other quantitative field with 3 years of professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Expert knowledge of HPC or cloud solutions using AWS
  • 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

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(Colorado only*) Minimum salary of $135,000/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)


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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