Laboratory Staff Scientist

  • Lehi, UT
  • Full-time

Company Description

Ancestry is the world's largest online resource for family history. We have helped pioneer the market for online family history research, taking a pursuit that was expensive and time-consuming and making it easy, affordable and accessible to anyone with an interest in their family history. The foundation of our service is an extensive collection of billions of historical records that we have digitized, indexed and put online over the past 17 years. These digital records and documents, combined with our proprietary online search technologies, tools and collaboration features, have enabled our more than two million subscribers to create over 16 billion historical records, along with millions of DNA results to make meaningful discoveries about the lives of their ancestors. 

With over 1,400 employees around the world, we are known for our cutting-edge technology, phenomenal innovation, and offer a compelling and rewarding workplace where you will thrive. We seek out passionate people to join our mission of helping people discover, preserve and share their family history. We invite you to explore and discover the many opportunities that await you at Ancestry

Job Description

AncestryDNA is seeking a motivated and talented individual with several years experience in developing/automating laboratory assays, workflows and analyses. Working with a collaborative and nimble team of scientists, the successful applicant will partner with laboratory operations staff, software engineers, and quality/regulatory specialists to increase laboratory efficiency, optimize existing assays, ensure data quality across multiple partner laboratories and develop new technologies/protocols for improving all aspects of genomic data production.


Bachelor's degree in a related scientific field with a minimum of 7 years of laboratory experience with at least 2 years in a managing or supervisory role

Demonstrated excellence in the development and optimization of high-throughput processing of genotyping array and NGS assays, ideally in a production environment.

Experience in the development of and adherence to quality metrics for genotyping and NGS assays

Experience in the development of validation and verification protocols

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Strong organizational and interpersonal skills will be needed in our collaborative and fast-paced team

Experience with clinical laboratory certification requirements/processes (CLIA/CAP)

Experience with laboratory workflows and data management systems (e.g. LIMs)

Willingness to travel up to 25% of time for initiating and monitoring of partner production laboratories or assay development activities in partner laboratories

Certification through American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) in Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist (CGMBS) is highly desired

Previous experience with multiple site coordination also highly desired

Additional Information

Working for Ancestry

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.