2020 Summer Internships

Research, Statistical Genetics Intern - STR Polymorphism

Sunnyvale, California, United States

The majority of genome-wide association studies to date are mainly focused on single nucleotide polymorphisms. Others, such as short tandem repeats (STRs) are highly polymorphic and are often times hotpots for genetic variation. Diseases such as Huntington’s and Fragile X are caused by polymorphisms in STRs; STRs have also been implicated in many complex traits. We are looking for an intern in statistical genetics for summer 2020 in the 23andMe research team to identify STR associations, and potentially causal variants, using the world’s largest cohort of phenotypes and genotypes. Your work will push forward genetic research and efforts to identify novel drug targets. 

Who we are

Since 2006, 23andMe’s mission has been to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. We are a group of passionate individuals pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to help turn genetic insight into better health and personal understanding.

What you’ll do

  • Implement a working pipeline for short tandem repeat imputation using the 23andMe database.
  • Impute STRs and analyze results from imputation.
  • Perform genetic association analyses using imputed STRs.

Who you are 

  • Currently pursuing a PhD degree, preferably in Computational Biology, Statistics, Computer Science or a related quantitative field. 
  • Solid understanding of imputation and statistical genetics.
  • Experience working with short tandem repeats in the genome.
  • Experience developing in Python / R.
  • Some experience working with HPC.

Join the gene pool as part of 23andMe’s Summer Intern Class of 2020! Our Summer Internship Program is full-time for 12 weeks and provides opportunities to be involved in work that’s impactful at a mission-driven company. All internship opportunities are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The expected start dates are in May or June depending on your school schedule. Please note, students will be responsible for their own housing and relocation. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

 About Us

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Our mission is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by MIT Technology Review to its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” list, and named one of Fast Company’s “25 Brands That Matter Now, 2017”. 23andMe has over 10 million customers worldwide, with ~80 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe is located in Sunnyvale, CA. More information is available at www.23andMe.com.

At 23andMe, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.  If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at accommodations-ext@23andme.com. 23andMe will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Please note: 23andMe does not accept agency resumes and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. Thank you.