Scientific Program Manager

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Job Description

AncestryDNA is seeking a Program Manager to provide leadership for high priority and strategic science-related initiatives. We’re looking for someone with a great science background and demonstrated program and project management abilities. You’ll be responsible for the timely execution of complex science-based projects, and work closely with a diverse team of scientists including population geneticists, computational biologists, computer scientists, and statisticians to achieve business and science objectives within a timeline and budget framework.

What you will do


  • Working with a diverse team of population geneticists, computational biologists, computer scientists and statisticians, the Program Manager will
  •  Work to incorporate strategic direction into a series of actionable, measurable interdependent science programs/projects to achieve both short-term and long-term goals and objectives.
  • Lead cross-functional teams and facilitate collaborations to successfully execute and complete the program / project portfolio.
  • Develop and execute appropriate communication plans.

Program/Project Management

  • Provides program & project management subject matter expertise and support for large and/or complex interdependent programs ensuring effective cross-functional communication and alignment.
  • Leads the organization in delivering projects that meet scope, schedule, budget and quality.
  • When needed, acts as the project manager for projects that roll up into the larger program.
  • Ensures information concerning project status (i.e. schedules, deliverables, dependencies, risks, and issues) passes to-and-from key stakeholders.
  • Ensures that an effective risk escalation process is established and that barriers to effective project execution are identified and addresses
  • Resolves program management and project services resource conflicts in cooperation with key stakeholders



  • The successful candidate will have an MS or Ph.D. in biology, genetics, computer science, or a related field or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience in program/project management of projects that involve scientific/research data and algorithms/software applications (including managing projects through the transition from R&D to production or commercialization)
  • Ability to see the interrelationship of a project across "the big picture" and understand its dependency on other projects in the program as required
  • Exceptional listening, problem solving, negotiation, and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated success handling initiatives of high complexity and risk
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills for our collaborative and fast-paced team environment

Extra ‘Pluses’ 

  • Expertise in one or more of: Genomics, Population Genetics, Machine Learning, Regulated environments,

Additional Information

Helping people discover their story is at the heart of ours.  Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry’s suite of products includes: AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3,, Find a Grave,, and Rootsweb.

We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at