Bioinformatics Programmer / Jedi Warrior

Job Location
Virtual / Telecommute
Virtual /, CA Telecommute
Competitive compensation package + Stock options + Opportunities for growth
Job Description

We're rapidly growing and looking for innovative programmers to join our team!

As a Bioinformatics Programmer, you will be part of the team revolutionizing the personal genomics industry.  

You will work collaboratively to optimize and evolve the company’s bioinformatics information technology platform.

As a programmer with Jedi-like skills, you will be part of a fast-paced team in programming and managing the platform, including APIs and apps, that transform genetic data into useful information.

We’re looking for ambitious bioinformatics programmers who have the passion and imagination to help us turn massive amounts of unstructured and semi-structured genetic data into useful information for consumers, healthcare professionals and researchers.

Position reports to the Director of Bioinformatics.



  • Engage in agile development cycles including code reviews and assessment of deliverables and milestones
  • Optimize the day-to-day performance and scalability of's backend platform
  • Participate in the integration of new apps from 3rd party app developers and 3rd party sites into's App Market
  • Use your scientific background, coding expertise and creativity to develop and launch new apps and improve existing apps in’s App Market
  • Maintain, code, and optimize existing internal and public APIs
  • Evolve the platform's Universal Genetic Data Compatibility technology including searching for and optimizing compatibility for previously unseen and new genetic data formats
  • Maintain reference datasets
  • Develop and run internal bioinformatics product validation efforts including continuous integration testing
  • Write technical guides and create demos for end-users
  • Degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or related fields

  • High-performing programmer and bioinformatician with demonstrated exceptional communication, organization and time-management skills

  • 2+ years experience working in data-intensive environments such as a personal genomics company, bioinformatics cores, NGS labs, molecular diagnostic R&D labs, etc.

  • Expert fluency in C#/.NET, java and shell scripts

    • Preferred but not required to have fluency in one or more of the following: C++, php, perl, python, objective-C and swift

  • Experience with Agile development

  • Experience with

    • developing and using APIs (both internal APIs and public APIs)

    • creating scripts and apps for analyzing genetic data

    • SQL databases including SQL Server (required)

    • No-SQL databases including Cassandra (preferred)

    • Cloud environments and horizontal scalability

    • Imputation

  • Extensive experience with

    • human genetics, statistics, algorithms and data analyses

    • computational biology/bioinformatics such as biological sequence analysis and analysis of human next-generation sequencing data

    • primary, secondary and tertiary analysis of human genetic data including WGS, exome and microarray datasets

    • a wide-range of genetic data formats including FASTQ, FASTA, SEQUENCE, BAM, SAM, CRAM, AVRO, ADAM, gVCF, VCF, txt, etc.

    • working with (parsing, analyzing, utilizing) common large biological datasets such as dbSNP, dbGAP, UCSC, ENCODE, TCGA, OMIM, ClinVar

    • open source genomics tools such as SamTools, Isaac, BowTie2, TopHat, GEMINI, ADAM, etc.

  • Self-starter and goal-oriented with ability to work independently and thrive in an entrepreneurial virtual environment

  • Ambitious

  • Ability and desire to participate in cross functional teams to launch new products and improve existing products

About Our Organization

About is the world's largest online platform for people with genetic data. includes a growing App Store for personal genomics and provides all users with free, unlimited and highly confidential storage of genetic data.'s universal compatibility for all formats of genetic data enables apps to be able to process genetic data from any source, including 23andMe, AncestryDNA, exome sequencing and whole genome sequencing. It is the 'Helix-alternative,' allowing any lab and company that generates genetic data to offer their customers access to an app marketplace.

Apps in's App Market help people unlock the value hidden in genetic data. Over 20 apps are available, with many more soon to be launched from industry-leading app development companies.'s App Market includes apps that process, analyze and interpret genetic data. For individuals, the Wellness & Longevity app generates lifestyle recommendations for optimal health. The Healthcare Pro app gives physicians access to actionable and easy-to-use genetic reports. And the EvE app enables researchers and bioinformaticians to perform free primary, secondary and tertiary analysis of genetic data including alignment, variant calling, annotation and interpretation.


Patent-pending Technology’s platform includes patent-pending Real-Time Personalization® (+RTP) technology. This API technology enables app developers without any knowledge of genetics to be able to easily add genetically tailored personalization to their apps including iOS and Android apps.


Company is a fast-paced, tech-savvy company with team members based throughout the world. We care about innovative ideas, hard work and solving challenging problems through ingenuity. Our team comes from different backgrounds and we take learning, communication and growth seriously. You'll fit in well at if you love teaching yourself whatever you need to get the job done, but you're not afraid to ask the team for help.


We love

  • Moving at a fast pace
  • Open source
  • Using the latest coding technologies
  • Attention to detail
  • Not recreating the wheel (ie fast solutions using bootstrap libraries, templates and open source code)
  • Making code modular and reusable
  • Working in virtual environments

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