Bioinformatics Scientist

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

We’re a cutting-edge tech company with a very human mission—to help every person discover, preserve, and share the story of what led to them. Combining the rich information in family trees and historical records with the genetic details revealed in DNA, we create unique experiences that give people a new understanding of their lives, because connecting all the pieces of our family story can give us the deepest sense of who we are.

Job Description

The Opportunity

Ancestry is looking for an Bioinformatics Scientist to join our DNA Science team. You will analyze DNA data, working closely with laboratory scientists, population geneticists, and data scientists to build scalable high throughput genomics laboratories for Ancestry’s products. You have extensive hands-on experience using distributed computing systems to analyzing large DNA datasets in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

What you will do 

·Analyze genomic data to develop high-throughput laboratory technologies for Ancestry’s direct-to-consumer genomic tests

·Build and maintain genomic algorithms and databases to support analyses. Work with engineering teams to transition workflows to production

·Work within cross functional teams to continuously improve Ancestry’s products and laboratory processes

·Cultivate open communication and collaborative working environment with partner teams. Interact with external collaborators. 


Who You Are:

·Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Biomedical engineering or equivalent training

·Experience analyzing data from genomic technologies such as genotyping arrays or next generation sequencing (NGS). Prior hands on laboratory experience desirable. Able to deliver results with an emphasis on quality and scientific rigor

·Strong communication, data presentation, and documentation skills

·Experience working with large genomic datasets in a distributed Unix environment using Python, R, Python, C/C++, SQL, and source code control tools such as git. Comfortable in cloud environments

·Expertise with Bioinformatics tools, data qc, and statistical methods. Knowledge of publicly available genomic databases

·Able to integrate and apply feedback in a professional manner

Additional Information

Helping people discover their story is at the heart of ours. Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry’s suite of products includes: AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3,, Find a Grave,, and Rootsweb.

We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at