Founded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.
We believe we can help build a future for everyone.
- We aim to be daring, but humble: We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
- We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
- Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.
Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
Our mission is to support science and technology that will help make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Interdisciplinary teams of physicians, biologists, computational scientists, and engineers can expand our understanding of the human body and illness — the very science behind medicine. CZI fosters collaboration between scientists and engineers, develops tools and technologies, and builds support for basic scientific research. Examples of the work CZI Science is supporting include the Human Cell Atlas, a global project to create a complete reference map of all the cells in the human body; and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, an independent nonprofit research hub to bring scientists and engineers together from Stanford, UCSF, UC Berkeley, along with the engineering team from CZI.
We are looking for a senior software engineer to join our Human Cell Atlas (humancellatlas.org) Data Coordination Platform team. You will provide tech leadership for a team building cloud-based tools and infrastructure that support a global community of scientists and engineers advancing the frontiers of biology. The team builds end-to-end software solutions, including petabyte scale data archives, analysis pipelines, and visualization systems, with a domain focus on molecular and cellular scale measurement of biological systems.
- Lead software development teams to deliver value to users
- Mentor junior engineers
- Design and develop software applications to manage collection, storage, analysis and visualization of biological assay data
- Explore, define, and validate solutions in partnership with computational biologists and product management
- Collaborate directly with external open source partners, scientific collaborators, and early adopters
- Participate in the creation of the Data Coordination Platform for the Human Cell Atlas
Desired candidate is a senior software engineer with development experience in full-stack applications and/or cloud-based infrastructure, design judgement, and communication skills. Our implementation platform is primarily web and public cloud, but other relevant experience will be considered.
- 5+ years of software design, development and delivery experience
- 3+ years using relevant technologies, which include building backend microservices on public cloud-based infrastructure (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Azure, or equivalent), high-scale databases, web front-end (HTML/CSS, WebGL, SVG), etc.
- BS or MS degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
- Demonstrated ability to learn and use new methods and tools, define project requirements, ship completed projects
- Demonstrated ability to mentor junior engineers
- Fluency with Python is a plus
- Experience in genomics is a plus
- Experience working in open-source communities is a plus
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills