Bioinformatics Scientist (Salt Lake City)

Job Location
1 Circle Star Way, Floor 2
San Carlos, CA 94070

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
  • 401(k) with employer matching
  • Catered meals
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Commuter benefits
  • Gym subsidy

Helix is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Description

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 at Helix, your responsibilities may include:

  • Delivering the highest quality genetic data to customers
  • Designing, implementing, and testing novel next-generation sequencing analysis methods
  • Development of best-practices for quality assessment, control, and benchmarking of sequencing assays and analysis methods
  • Supporting laboratory R&D efforts in a large-scale production environment
  • Wrangling large datasets and generating insightful reports


  • 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 Perl, Python, or Ruby
  • Responsive to feedback
  • Keen attention to detail

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience developing new methods for analyzing next-generation sequencing data
  • Familiarity with development or management of pipelines in production environments
  • 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
  • Familiar with application-level programming languages such as Java or C/C++
  • Openness to relocating to the Bay Area in the future
How to Apply
About Our Organization

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 advanced 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. We’ll be working with partners such as National Geographic, the Mayo Clinic, Invitae, and many others to develop applications which interpret your genome, with an app store and marketplace launching in 2017.

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.

Helix is headquartered in San Carlos, with our genetic sequencing lab located in San Diego.

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