Bioinformatics Scientist

San Diego, CA

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We believe that everyone benefits from their biological information. It’s our mission to empower every person to improve their life through DNA. With our high-quality, trusted partners and state-of-the-art lab, we’ve created the first platform of personalized products and services powered by genetics. From inherited cancer screening to custom fitness and nutrition plans, the world of DNA learning is becoming more accessible and more valuable than ever.

So far we’ve raised over $100 million from investors like Illumina (the world’s leader in genetic sequencing equipment), Warburg Pincus, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Kleiner Perkins. Our app store and marketplace includes partners such as National Geographic, Admera Health, Vinome and many others, with whom we have partnered to develop applications which interpret your genome.

Our big vision comes with big responsibility. That’s why we’re building a team of experts in the field of genetics, engineering, design, business development, and beyond to help bring actionable insights to our customers. We’re looking for the best and brightest minds who are passionate about our mission and are excited to work on a truly diverse team.

The Helix Bioinformatics team is seeking passionate and motivated individuals to join our cross-functional team to develop and apply cutting-edge approaches to processing, analyzing, annotating, and interpreting population-scale human genome sequence data for consumer products. You will work closely with lab operations, engineering, applied genomics, product, and design, to create our world-class genomics platform. If you like the idea of building out a large-scale clinical genomics platform and changing the way everyone understands their DNA, then this is the ideal opportunity for you.

As a Bioinformatics Scientist, you will:

  • Deliver the highest quality genetic data to customers
  • Design, implement, and test novel next-generation sequencing analysis methods
  • Develop of best-practices for quality assessment, control, and benchmarking of sequencing assays and analysis methods
  • Support laboratory R&D efforts in a large-scale clinical, CLIA or CAP production environment
  • Wrangle large datasets and generating insightful reports

Required background:

  • PhD or MS and equivalent experience in Genetics, Biology, or Bioinformatics, or related field
  • Significant experience in hands-on analysis of next-generation sequencing data, particularly WES or WGS
  • Quantitative training with basic understanding of probability and statistics
  • Ability to be self-driven and work well together in a cross-functional and interdisciplinary team
  • Proficiency in Unix environments
  • Experience with high performance computing environments and/or cloud-based environments
  • Programming experience using statistical tools such as R and scripting languages such as Python or Perl
  • Responsive to feedback
  • Keen attention to detail

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience developing new methods for analyzing next-generation sequencing data
  • Experience with genome-wide association studies or human population genetics / statistical genetics including imputation and haplotyping
  • Experience with communicating results and concepts to a diverse audience including geneticists, engineers, laboratory scientists and business development professionals
  • Familiarity with development or management of pipelines in production environments
  • Familiar with application-level programming languages such as Java or C/C++

What Helix has to offer you
Aside from working alongside brilliant, dedicated, passionate, down-to-earth, curious, warm, and thoughtful people, we also provide great benefits:

  • Competitive compensation, including meaningful equity
  • Health insurance, including medical, dental, and vision
  • 12 weeks of Maternity or Paternity leave
  • 401(k) with employer matching
  • On-premise nursing room
  • Corporate fitness rate
  • Commuter benefits
  • Catered meals
  • Flexible PTO