Genomics Scientist, Intern/Fellow

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Intern

Company Description

It takes customer obsession to pioneer and focus on what matters most, to tackle challenges, break through boundaries to create change, to stay on the cutting edge, and pioneer relentlessly. We are looking for the next generation of talent to drive the business, grow our people, and put the customer before all else.

Our culture empowers journeys of personal discovery, giving you the freedom to participate in impactful projects and explore the intersections of our businesses: technology, data science, DNA science, product, design, marketing, legal, and more. We’re looking for innovative minds, diverse ideas, and for students interested in connecting personal discoveries and technology. Our interns enjoy mentorship and experience challenging work while receiving fantastic pay, fully-paid temporary housing, and having a fun captivating experience—we have it all. Oh, and did we mention the possibility of full-time employment once you graduate?

Job Description

Ancestry seeks a highly motivated, genomics scientist fellow to join our DNA Science team. The DNA Science team is an R&D team conducting cutting-edge genomic research leveraging millions of genetic samples linked to phenotypes and billions of family history records which will translate into products experienced by millions of customers. As a genomics scientist fellow on the DNA Science team, you will work with an excellent team of computational biologists, statisticians, epidemiologists, and population geneticists in analyzing genomic, pedigree, and phenotype data.

What You’ll Do:

  • Work with a mentor on the DNA Science team to scope out and complete an impactful research project
  • Read and present on cutting-edge research papers
  • Potential projects include the analysis of genotype and phenotype data, development of novel computational methods, research of human history, migration, and diversity, and improvement/optimization of existing algorithmic methods
  • You will present your work to the DNA Science team at the end of your internship
  • Work in a professional environment with ample opportunity to network with other professional scientists within your discipline and across the company


Who You Are:

  • Currently pursuing a graduate level degree in computer science, machine learning, computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, mathematics, statistics, statistical genetics, population genetics, evolutionary biology, or a related field
  • Must be currently enrolled in a university and graduating after Summer 2019
  • Proficiency in programming and data visualization. Experience in Python or R is desired.
  • Have one or more of:
    • Experience with statistics or machine learning. Application of advanced machine learning techniques in genomics is desirable
    • Experience with the development or application of genotype/phenotype association methods, or related statistical genetics experience
    • Experience with evolutionary or population genetic analysis of variation within and between populations
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working with large genomic data is desired, though not required

For more information on what we do and to apply to open Ancestry internships, visit our careers page:

Additional Information

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than three million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites with an extensive collection of over 10 billion digitized historical records and has sold over 14 million AncestryDNA kits to date. Since 1996, users have created over 100 million family trees and 11 billion ancestor profiles on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, AncestryProGenealogists, and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Holdings LLC.

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.

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related thereto), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age (40 and older), mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law.   The Company also makes reasonable accommodations to applicants or employees with qualifying disabilities who request them and who otherwise meet the requirements of applicable law.  If you would like to request an accommodation during the application process, please contact our Director of Recruiting. 

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance.