Software Engineer - Back End

  • San Francisco, CA, 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

We are seeking an experienced Software Engineer to join a growing DNA team based in San Francisco. You will work with a nimble team of software engineers, geneticists, and scientists, and will be building software solutions for DNA data processing using cutting-edge technologies, serving the rapidly growing consumer genomic data at AncestryDNA & AncestryHealth.

If you are energetic & innovative, have demonstrated technical skills, and are eager to tackle humongous scalability challenges, this may be your dream job! This will be a hands-on, back-end focused, development role to design and build solutions.

What you will do:

  • Hands-on Development – You will build the best technology solutions with the help of the DNA genomics algorithms team. Write clean, easily maintainable code with unit tests that follow standards and best practices and are based on industry trends and the latest technologies. Design and implement cloud-scale systems and services. Manage technical requirements, work on API specs, add automation, conduct code reviews and engage in testing efforts. Have a passion for technology, and the ability to make the right decisions for Ancestry.

  • Communication and Partnerships – Build partnerships throughout the engineering organization and beyond, and can effectively educate and influence others how to best utilize tools and processes in a fast-paced environment.

  • Maintenance and Support – Provide enhancement and support for the tools and systems used by AncestryDNA systems. Investigates and implements efficient tools and work processes to meet objectives.

  • Continuous Improvement – Focuse on root cause analysis, pattern identification and continuous improvement in order to provide reliable services and solutions to clients. Build automation and tooling to assist with compliance, alert on problems, and auto-remediate issues without manual involvement.

  • Documentation - Write software technical and design specifications, architecture diagrams and other supporting documentation.

Qualifications

  • 3+ Years of software design and development experience with distributed highly scalable systems, with at least 2+ years working on Python, Java, and MySQL.

  • Bachelor's in computer science or related field is required (masters preferred). 

  • Familiarity with REST web services and service-oriented architecture.

  • Disciplined approach to development including TDD, Quality, and using industry best practices and design patterns.

  • Strong experience with very large data sets and the algorithms/tools used to process them.

  • Experience in architecting and/or evolving distributed scalable systems is plus.

  • Experience with Bioinformatics, genomics, arrays, DNA processing is a plus.

  • Experience working on regulated health products, FDA software guidance, software development to IEC 62304 standards and familiarity with Title 21 - Part 820 Quality System Regulation is a definite plus.

  • Working knowledge on AWS is a plus.

  • Ability to mentor other engineers.

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, Newspapers.com, Find a Grave, Archives.com, 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 http://ancestry.com/careers 

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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