Bioinformatics / Computational Biology Fellow

  • 153 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
  • Intern

Job Description

Ancestry is currently seeking highly motivated, research-savvy interns who can work full-time for 12-16 weeks during Summer 2018. Our summer fellowships give you the freedom to conduct novel scientific research for impactful business projects that allow you to develop your talents, enjoy mentorship, and experience challenging work.

In the field of Genetics and Computational Biology, we’re looking for fresh minds and diverse ideas with an interest in connecting families through genomics, and technology. Come join a diverse company of enthusiastic, talented, smart, and very passionate people.

Internship Project Description

We are seeking fellows to join the AncestryDNA genomics R&D team in our San Francisco office to work with a diverse team of computational biologists, statisticians, epidemiologists, and population geneticists in analyzing genomic, pedigree, and other data. We are mounting a major effort to use genomics to shed light on human diversity, origins, relationships, and human health. The successful candidate will join our efforts to develop, test, and apply new algorithms to push genealogy into the genomics era based in part on a database of over 6 million genotypes.

This is what you will do….

  • You will work with a mentor on the genomics R&D team to scope out and complete an impactful research project.
  • Potential projects include the analysis of genotype and pedigree data, development of novel computational methods, or improvement/optimization of existing algorithms.
  • You will present your work to the genomics R&D team at the end of the internship.
  • You will work in a professional environment, with ample opportunity to network with department heads and other professionals within your discipline and across the company.


  • Currently pursuing a graduate degree in computer science, machine learning, bioinformatics, population genetics, statistics, or a related technical field. Outstanding masters or undergraduate candidates will be considered.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High levels of creativity
  • Independent, with a demonstrated ability to work on a team

Skills and Experience

  • Outstanding programming and data visualization skills
  • Solid understanding of human genetics and inheritance
  • Machine learning and/or statistics experience desired
  • Previous research experience in bioinformatics or population genetics desired

Additional Information

Ancestry is a profitable, growing company with a positive, high-energy environment. Together, our dedicated teams are harnessing the power of technology and using it to simplify the way people connect with their families and their unique legacies. Our work environment is fast-paced and challenging, but also extremely exciting. You’ll work with a team of passionate, engaged individuals. We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at

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