At DNAnexus we are solving the most challenging computer science problems you’re ever likely to see.
In the last few years, there has been a dramatic development in the world of genomics that has created a huge new opportunity. The price to sequence the full human genome (all of your DNA, not just a sample of it) has fallen to the point were it will soon be affordable for a patient to have multiple samples of their whole genome sequenced to help treat their disease. Want to know what specific gene mutation caused a patient’s cancer? We are building the platform to answer that kind of question. One of the many challenges is the huge amount of data. Think you’ve seen big-data problems? Think again – with each genome comprising 100 GB and months of CPU time to crunch the information, DNA is the next big-data problem, requiring exabytes of storage and parallel workloads distributed across 100,000 servers. We are tackling this by combining web technologies, big-data analytics, and scalable systems on cloud computing infrastructure.
We are a well-funded start-up backed by Google Ventures, TPG Biotech, and First Round capital. Our founders, Andreas Sundquist, Arend Sidow, Serafim Batzoglou are world-renowned genomics and bioinformatics experts from Stanford University.
You are a highly technical user experience engineer with an aptitude for intuitive, user-centric design. Please send examples of previous work.
Work closely with computational biology and users to understand domain-specific workflows and use cases
Design and implement web interfaces for managing DNA datasets
Figure out how to simplify basic use cases, while still allowing access to the full feature set when appropriate
Plan and conduct usability studies on website flow, discoverability, task completion
Five plus years of relevant experience
Designing and creating websites and web interfaces
Designed simple and effective graphics using Illustrator/Photoshop
Familiar with MVC frameworks
Fluent in Flex/ActionScript and experience building fluid Flash applications
Obsession with building an appealing user experience and getting the little things just right
Knowledge of genetics and DNA not required, but you need to be comfortable learning new vocabulary and a complex field quickly
BS or MS in a technical or relevant field
Competitive base salary, stock options and health benefits.