South San Francisco, CA

Senior Software Engineer - Genomics

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Position Description

Counsyl's products help people make life changing decisions - we’ve revolutionized the lab and created a one of a kind platform that gives people access to critical health information at key junctures in their lives - and it all uses Python!

The vast majority of our operations are powered by our own custom-built infrastructure on a Python/Django/Postgres stack, from ordering to lab processing to billing. We're building new tools, new workflows, and new infrastructure to solve the challenging problems of a technology startup involved with not just bits, but also interconnected physical components like lab robotics and patient samples.

Don't be intimidated if you don't have a genomics background; solving these problems fundamentally requires software solutions. We're looking for the best and brightest software engineers — strong generalists with solid CS fundamentals and practical software engineering intuition — to help us scale up genomics to billions of users.
If you're interested in working with modern web technologies, brilliant engineers and products that influence millions of people’s lives, this is the place for you.

What You'll Do

  • Develop web apps for lab directors, curators, and genetic counselors to work with our data in scalable and efficient ways.
  • Design and implement genetic risk calculations as well as genetic reports that are clear and easy to understand.
  • Develop ETL pipelines for tracking external datasets (allele frequencies, clinical data) and combining with our internal data and systems.
  • Design and implement algorithms for classifying mutations and summarizing our sample data.
  • Our tech stack: Python, Django, Postgres, Celery, Docker, Luigi, and Jupyter/matplotlib.
  • Our backgrounds: web technologies, computational biology, computer science, genetics, math.

About You

  • Experience with Python/Django (or another similar framework)
  • Work demonstrated by a GitHub account, personal web page, or prior experience. 
  • Relational database systems experience, such as PostgreSQL
  • Experience with Unix, Git, and other command line tools
  • BS, MS or PhD in Computer Science or equivalent experience

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. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.

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.