Search Application Engineer

  • San Francisco, CA, 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 Application Engineers to join our team.

Do you have a strong passion for doing great things and making a difference? Do you want to have a positive, significant, potentially life changing impact on customers around the world? Do you love what you do and are you proud of your craft? If helping customers discover who they are and how they came to be sounds appealing, then this is the opportunity for you.

The Opportunity

You will be a member of a well-formed Search Application scrum team with responsibilities for building an exciting and dynamic user application experience.  You will be part of an effort to help users search across billions of pieces of data in their quest to find details of their past.  Search is the most visited and widely used area of the website and is the primary focus for millions of users.  As a member of the Search application team, you will be instrumental in driving innovation and will help evolve the Search user experience for our global audience.  You will be part of an effort to discover and develop new ways for simplifying the finding and preserving of nuggets of information users are looking for.  You will in a very real way make an impact on the lives of those individuals who use the products you build.

What you will do  

  • Develop client-side applications using the latest JavaScript language features, frameworks and tooling (Node.js).
  • Work with Product Management & Search Services to provide world-class software solutions
  • Innovate, innovate, innovate.
  • Build, manage and maintain excellent customer facing Search applications
  • Follow best practices for code quality and testing


Who You Are:

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Computer Science (or strong foundation in CS fundamentals such as design patterns, data structures and algorithms)
  • 2+ years of experience in software development, preferably in C#, Java, JavaScript (Node.js)
  • Experience in designing and implementing large scale web application, APIs and frameworks
  • Strong JavaScript skills, including React, Angular, and Node.js
  • Disciplined approach to development including QA and Design Patterns
  • Understanding of software development processes, including object-oriented analysis, design and implementation


Good to have:

  • Experience with Amazon AWS cloud services
  • Experience with Kubernetes
  • Experience with Docker
  • Experience with HIPAA compliance
  • Good communication skills

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.