Director of Bioinformatics IT | GenomeWeb

Director of Bioinformatics IT

Job Location
Virtual / Telecommute, 80%
Competitive compensation package + Stock options + Opportunities for growth
Job Description


  • Virtual / Telecommute: 80%

  • Travel within California: 10%

  • Travel outside of California: 10%


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

As Director of Bioinformatics IT, you will be responsible for implementing and managing the bioinformatics IT initiatives of  

You will work collaboratively with Executive Management and the IT Team to manage, optimize and evolve the company’s bioinformatics IT system. This includes being the team lead for the Bioinformatics IT Team consisting of the day-to-day management of backend, frontend and cloud systems.

As Director of Bioinformatics, you will join our ambitious, entrepreneurial team in designing, building and managing the platform, including APIs and apps, that turn genetic data into useful information. We’re looking for a bioinformatics programmer who has the passion and imagination to help us turn massive amounts of unstructured and semi-structured genetic data into knowledge, insights, and useful information for bioinformaticians, researchers, healthcare professionals and individuals.

Position reports to the CEO.


  • Lead the Bioinformatics IT team including a team of backend, frontend and cloud software developers
  • Manage and optimize the day-to-day performance, scalability and user experience of the platform
  • Oversee 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, develop, optimize and grow API and app pipeline
  • Improve the platform's universal genetic data compatibility including searching for and optimizing compatibility for previously unseen and new genetic data formats
  • Find, structure, integrate, and maintain a large number of genomics reference datasets
  • Develop and run internal bioinformatics product validation efforts including continuous integration testing
  • Write technical guides and create demos for end-users
  • PhD, PhD-candidate or Master’s 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.

  • Fluency in at least one of the following: C#/.NET, C++, java and php

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

  • Experience with

    • developing and using APIs (both within and outside genomics)

    • creating scripts and apps for analyzing genetic data

    • SQL databases

    • No-SQL databases

    • Cloud environments and horizontal scalability

  • 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

  • Strong leadership skills

  • Experience working with software developers

  • Ability and desire to participate in cross functional teams to launch new products and investigate customer issues

About Our Organization is an online platform that transforms genetic data into useful information. We provide free, unlimited storage of genetic data as well as the world's first App Store for DNA.'s HIPAA-compliant platform allows people to securely store, analyze and share their genetic data. It's the world's first agnostic platform for genetic data, meaning it operates seamlessly using the genetic data produced by any genetic test. The platform includes an App Market that allows individuals, researchers, bioinformaticians and healthcare professionals to tap into genetic data for deep and rich insights.

Apps in's App Market help people unlock genetic data's tremendous value. Over 25 apps are available for immediate use, with several more in development 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. Meanwhile, 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 'Sequence Once, Query Often' by allowing app developers without any knowledge of genetics to be able to easily add genetically tailored personalization to their apps.

Company is a fast-paced, tech-savvy and virtual early-stage 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 re-creating the wheel (ie fast solutions using bootstrap libraries and open source code)
  • Making code modular and reusable
  • Working in virtual environments

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