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South San Francisco, CA

Computational Research Scientist

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Position description

Counsyl seeks to hire a scientist to conduct advanced research on a broad range of problems of interest to the company. As a computational research scientist, you will work on developing the next generation of products and new technologies to help us advance our mission.

Why is this cool?

You’ll have the opportunity to not just solve important problems in clinical genetics, but to take your research results and put them into immediate application at one of the largest sequencing centers in the world. (We’ve tested over a quarter million people.) And you’ll be doing it alongside a world-class engineering and research team.

What you'll do

  • Research and develop advanced concepts in clinical genetics, computational biology, or laboratory automation (broadly construed)
  • Publish your developed methods and research findings
  • Contribute to other Counsyl publications: analyze data, write and review papers
  • Interface with outside researchers: give academic talks and presentations and drive external collaborations

Potential topics for research

  • Computational methods in population, statistical, medical, and functional genetics/genomics
  • Analysis algorithms and processing architectures for next-generation sequencing data
  • Natural language processing and information extraction
  • Cryptography and privacy-preserving methods in genomics
  • Hardware, software, and process to increase the efficiency of the automated laboratory

About you

  • PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant field, such as computer science, population genetics, statistics, computational biology, or electrical engineering
  • Evidence of creative and independent thought in research
  • Evidence of strong research and publication record in a relevant field
  • Strong programming ability in at least one general-purpose language
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Interest in hard problems involving both scientific and engineering components

How to apply

  • Please submit your personal information, CV, and cover letter at the link below. In the cover letter, you must include the following:
  • >> One paragraph describing the relevance of your research background to problems likely to be of interest to Counsyl
  • >> A one-paragraph sketch of a research project you would be interested to tackle here

About Counsyl

Counsyl is a technology company that strives to give millions of men and women access to vital information about their bodies, helping them confidently make choices about their lives. The team consists of world class engineers, scientists and clinical experts as well as a renowned engineering and scientific advisory board. Counsyl integrates sophisticated technology with custom robotic automation in its accredited medical laboratory. This focus on technology has made Counsyl a leader in helping patients and doctors communicate about medical results in real time. Its products have won the Wall Street Journal’s Innovation Award for Medicine, and have been named one of Scientific American's "Top 10 World Changing Ideas."

Counsyl’s Family Prep Screen has already helped hundreds of thousands of people discover critical information before having children, and the Counsyl platform extends beyond family preparation to include inherited cancer screening. Counsyl has raised a total of $93M and is privately funded by Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners, Goldman Sachs, and Google executive David Drummond.

Interview process

Counsyl is driven by some of the brightest people in the industry. Our interview process is geared to ensure that we continue to hire the very best.

Our interview process is composed of practical and situational interviews in a series of settings spanning Skype, practical exams, and in-person meetings. Our goal is to gauge both your ability to succeed in the first 90 days as well as your capacity to scale with us as we grow.

Why Counsyl?

Throughout it all, we are looking to understand why you are driven to be a part of our company. Specifically, we want to know how you identify with our mission and will contribute to our team.

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