Principal Scientist/Director - Computational Biology at 23andMe

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Principal Scientist/Director - Computational Biology
Job listing last updated at
Jun 5, 2019
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Headquarters - Mountain View
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Bay Area company location: 899 W Evelyn Ave, Mountain View CA

Job description

With the world’s largest database of more than seven million genotyped, phenotyped, and consented research participants, 23andMe is at the forefront of using human genetics to advance biomedical research and transform healthcare. Join our growing team in translating genetic discoveries into insights into molecular biology of human traits and diseases.

Who you are

We are looking for a colleague who will provide leadership and direction on the use and understanding of different computational approaches to facilitate the interpretation of GWAS hits and their likely role in traits and diseases. Familiarity with RNA-seq, eQTLs, functional annotations are essential. You should have the ability to communicate well, manage projects and teams, and function in a highly interactive scientific discovery environment. One of your primary functions will be to support our therapeutic discovery efforts and some experience in pharma would be an asset.

Our team is very collaborative, and the ability to communicate ideas and results to other scientists and non-scientists in the context of business objectives is key. In addition, candidates should have multiple years of experience leading development and implementation of novel methods and bioinformatics tools; executing independently developed ideas; a demonstrated ability to clearly and effectively communicate with a wide range of internal and external audiences; and experience building, mentoring, and leading a team of scientists.

The scientific questions we are working on, and the scope of our vision mean that most of the necessary tools and methods have yet to be developed anywhere in the world. We encourage presentation and publication of research results. The full list of our publications can be seen at

Essential Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Statistics, Computational Biology, Computer Science or a related field with at least six years of experience post-PhD.
  • A strong record of achievement, either through publications or successful industry achievements.
  • Experience managing teams and individuals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Broad understanding and familiarity with functional genomics.

Additional assets:

  • Ability and experience in applying machine learning/AI approaches to genomic data.
  • Understanding and expertise in human genetics.
  • Understanding and expertise in design of experiments and analysis of complex data.

About Us

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Our mission is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by MIT Technology Review to its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” list, and named one of Fast Company’s “25 Brands That Matter Now, 2017”. 23andMe has over 5 million customers worldwide, with ~85 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe is located in Mountain View, CA. More information is available at

At 23andMe, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.  If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at 23andMe will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Please note: 23andMe does not accept agency resumes and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. Thank you.

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