Senior Bioinformatics Test Engineer

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
1380 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Job Description

The ideal candidate will have an MS or PhD in Computer Science, Engineering or Biological Science, preferably with several years of relevant experience integrating sequencing technologies, tools and platforms.  He or she will be working in a fast-paced start-up, interacting with scientists and engineers from a variety of backgrounds, to integrate and verify secondary analysis / bioinformatics components and tools.

Extend and maintain the testing infrastructure, including the test framework and automation tools.

Work closely with fellow team members to design and implement tests for scientific validity of secondary analysis bioinformatics tools.

Implement and automate functional and performance tests.

Troubleshoot and resolve integration and interaction issues among heterogeneous SW components and across multiple operating systems.


Advanced degree, or equivalent experience, in computer science, engineering, computational biology or related fields.

Software development experience with Python or another scripting language (e.g. Perl) is a must.

Experience with Linux is a must.

Experience with Java, C++ or equivalent is desired.

Experience in test automation is desired.

Good understanding of object-oriented design and software architectures is desired.

Experience in distributed computing is desired.

Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills is a must.

Knowledge of the following is desired: molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and statistics.

Experience in continuous integration (e.g. Jenkins) is a plus.

Experience in virtualization (Virtual Box, KVM, VMWare) and/or cloud computing a plus.

Product development and / or industry experience in a multi-disciplinary Biotech environment is a plus.

About Our Organization

Pacific Biosciences’ mission is to transform the way humankind acquires, processes and interprets data from living systems through the design, development and commercialization of innovative tools for biological research. The company has developed a novel approach to studying the synthesis and regulation of DNA, RNA and protein. Combining recent advances in nanofabrication, biochemistry, molecular biology, surface chemistry and optics, Pacific Biosciences has created a powerful technology platform called single molecule, real-time, or SMRT™, technology. SMRT technology enables real-time analysis of biomolecules with single molecule resolution, which has the potential to transform the understanding of biological systems by providing a window into these systems that has not previously been open for scientific study. 

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