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Sr. Bioinformatics Scientist

Sunnyvale, California, United States

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. With the world’s largest database of more than thirteen million genotyped customers, 23andMe is at the forefront of using human genetics to advance biomedical research and transform healthcare. 

We are seeking an accomplished and collaborative Bioinformatics Scientist to join our Research Team! You will directly contribute and provide thought leadership on a diverse range of bioinformatics and statistical genetics code bases. You will also implement state-of-the-art methods and workflows to analyze genetic data at an unprecedented scale (millions of samples and thousands of phenotypes).


What You'll Do 

  • Architecture, design, and implementation of novel workflows to perform statistical genetic analyses in distributed computation environments
  • Develop cutting-edge methodology when third-party options are not available
  • Follow genetics/bioinformatics literature and attend appropriate conferences to maintain awareness of desirable and state-of-the-art methods for processing bioinformatic data


What You’ll Bring

  • Ph.D. in Genetics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or similar quantitative field 
  • 5+ years of post-PhD work experience in bioinformatics required (industry work experience a strong plus!)
  • Knowledge of core statistical genetics algorithms such as phasing, imputation, linkage disequilibrium, GWAS, and PRS
  • Fluency in Linux, bash, R, and Python
  • Experience with distributed computation (e.g. AWS/UGE/SLURM)
  • Expert knowledge in at least one workflow language such as Nextflow, Snakemake, or WDL
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Collaborative personality with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional, team environment that includes computational biologists, statistical geneticists, bioinformaticians, engineers, and program managers - either as an individual contributor or as a technical lead
  • Ability to work 3 days onsite (Tuesday-Thursday) in our Sunnyvale, CA office


Strongly Preferred

  • Nextflow
  • C++
  • Docker
  • AWS Batch / Kubernetes
  • Expertise in bioinformatics tools such as Beagle, bcftools/htslib/samtools, DeepVariant, DNAnexus, GLnexus, Minimac4, Plink, Shapeit5, SuSiE
  • Familiarity with the analysis of short read DNA sequencing (WES/WGS) including alignment, variant calling, QC, and joint calling


About Us

23andMe is a genetics-led consumer healthcare and biopharmaceutical company empowering a healthier future. Founded in 2006, the company’s mission is to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. 23andMe has pioneered direct access to genetic information as the only company with multiple FDA authorizations for genetic health risk reports. The company has created the world’s largest crowdsourced platform for genetic research, with 80 percent of its customers electing to participate. The platform also powers the 23andMe Therapeutics group, currently pursuing drug discovery programs rooted in human genetics. 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.

Pay Transparency
23andMe takes a market-based approach to pay, and amounts will vary depending on your geographic location. The salary range reflected here is for a candidate based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.
San Francisco Bay Area Base Pay Range
$168,000$252,000 USD