Computational Biologist Intern (Remote)

South San Francisco, California, United States

At 23andMe, we leverage the unparalleled scale of our consumer genetic and phenotypic database to make novel therapeutic discoveries. The Computational Biology group in 23andMe Therapeutics plays a key role, providing biological interpretation of genetic findings to drive drug development. This broad mandate requires the use of existing computational tools, the development of new tools, and the creative application of publicly available datasets to answer complicated questions at the intersection of genetics and molecular biology.

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.

Who you are

You are someone with an interest in drug discovery, who is comfortable working on problems that do not have clear answers. You should have experience in data analysis, preferably of large datasets, and some knowledge of genetics or biology. Ideal candidates are also able to communicate their findings to a non-computational audience.

What you’ll do

Owing to the breadth of the Comp Bio group’s work, a variety of projects can be discussed. While ultimately your project will depend on your interests, some topics currently relevant to the group include:

  • Statistical methods for eQTL analysis
  • Trans-ethnic analysis of gene expression data
  • Novel techniques for linking GWAS variants to target genes

What you’ll bring / Requirements

  • A MS or PhD student in Computational Biology, Statistics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Applied Math, Genetics or Biology (with appropriate computational ability) or related fields
    • Note that individuals less than 6 months past graduation will be considered
  • Strong programming skills in at least one of R, Python, Java, C/C++ or similar required
  • Knowledge of SQL preferred
  • Experience analyzing large datasets generated by high throughput sequencing or from large studies like UK Biobank highly preferred
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of collaborators

Note: This will be a remote internship in the U.S.

About Us

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by Glassdoor as one of the Best Places to Work in 2019, 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 millions of customers worldwide, with more than 80 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe, Inc. is located in Sunnyvale, CA. More information is available at

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