Laboratory Project Specialist – AncestryDNA

  • Lehi, UT, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry generated more than $1 billion in revenue in 2017 (an annual increase of over 30%), has more than 3 million paying subscribers across our family history websites, and almost 10 million DNA samples making our AncestryDNA database the largest in the world. Ancestry is also global and serves customers in more than 30 international markets. Ancestry is also a Big Data organization, hosting the world’s largest online collection of family history records. This includes more than 20 billion records, from 80 countries worldwide, 100 million family trees, and 11 billion ancestral profiles.

Job Description

Ancestry is seeking a Laboratory Project Specialist to join our Laboratory Sciences team. This is an opportunity to come join our DNA Sciences and Operations business during a time of significant growth and build direction.

The Opportunity

We are looking for an experienced laboratorian who has experience with laboratory quality and operations and who will help the Laboratory Manager with various business and operational projects.  To date Ancestry has processed the samples of over 10 million individuals.  As we grow, we have increased our focus on quality management, scale, and collaboration/communication between partner laboratories.  In addition, our laboratories process our samples in manners consistent with multiple regulatory standards, including CLIA.  The successful applicant will have in depth experience at laboratory process management, regulatory compliance, quality management systems, and collaborative product development. 

What you will do  

  • You will assist the Ancestry Science Laboratory Manager with process and procedure document writing and change control, as well as laboratory data analysis 
  • You will partner with team members from Ancestry Science and Regulatory to insure compliance with various regulatory standards and participate in regulatory submissions as needed
  • You will assist in identifying areas of risk for sample integrity and accuracy and help develop plans to mitigate those risks


Who You Are:

  • You have significant experience with at least 3 of the following:  FDA submissions, CLIA regulations, laboratory quality management systems, clinical studies, statistical analysis, development of validation and verification protocols for regulated laboratory assays
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a science related field
  • Minimum of 7 years of laboratory experience

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

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related thereto), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age (40 and older), mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law.   The Company also makes reasonable accommodations to applicants or employees with qualifying disabilities who request them and who otherwise meet the requirements of applicable law.  If you would like to request an accommodation during the application process, please contact our Director of Recruiting. 

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance.