Data Scientist, Computational Biology

  • Lehi, UT, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

When you join Ancestry, you join our family tree. Backed by history, science, and technology, we’re creating a new world of connection, innovation, and understanding. Whether it’s reuniting long-lost relatives through DNA or unearthing new family stories from historical records, Ancestry empowers life-changing experiences. With over 10 billion digitized historical records, 100 million family trees, and 14 million DNA kits sold, Ancestry is bringing the power of personal discovery to people around the world.

Job Description

AncestryDNA is seeking a motivated and talented data­­­ scientist with interest and experience developing machine learning methods that enable consumers to discover more about themselves. In this role, the successful candidate will analyze the movements and characteristics of populations through time using network analysis and the integration of multiple metadata sources, such as phenotypes, pedigrees, and historical documents. Working with a collaborative and nimble team of data scientists, computational biologists, population geneticists, and computer scientists, the successful candidate will creatively design novel approaches to interpret and find population structure in our database of millions of DNA samples.


The successful candidate for the position will have a PhD or MS in computer science, population geography, computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, statistics, economics or a related field with an emphasis in data science and machine learning.

  • Extensive experience and a proven record of developing and applying machine learning methods to interpret complex datasets is required.
  • A solid background working with supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques is required.
  • A proven track record of developing novel approaches to complex problems is required.
  • Proficiency in programming to implement and validate new approaches efficiently is required, with proficiency in Python, C++, Java, and/or R.
  • Experience or expertise with population genetics, population geography, or demography is desired.
  • Experience working in a cloud-based environment with big-data tools (e.g. tens of billions of records) is a plus.
  • Experience managing and analyzing data from large annotated networks is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills will be needed in our collaborative and fast-paced team.

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.