Senior Database Engineer

Menlo Park, CA, United States
Feb 14, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. It is supported by leading global investors and pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies. For more information, please visit

As a Senior Database Engineer at GRAIL, you'll enjoy working on a broad array of software systems and projects. We pride ourselves on building effective, efficient, easy to use and scalable software systems.

Responsibilities Include:

• Monitor AWS Aurora MySQL databases for high availability and high performance.
• Manage and support production and development databases.
• Troubleshoot database performance issues.
• Contribute to the architecture, design, and modeling to improve database integrity.
• Adhere to best practices regarding access to and management of databases.
• Collaborate with cross-functional teams to troubleshoot live issues.
• Understanding the data flows across systems in order to identify potential cross-system impacts.
• Driving policies for data backup, recovery, security, and integrity across systems and implementing them.

Your Background Should Include:

• Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or similar technical field.
• 5+ years of industry work experience designing, developing, and maintaining databases.
• Experience with MySQL and no-sql databases.
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
• Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated leadership and self-direction.
• Demonstrated willingness to teach others and learn new techniques.

Bonus Points:

• Experience with AWS data management solutions. AWS certifications, especially AWS Database Specialty Certification.
• Experience with database migration, performance tuning, and optimization.
• Experience with next-generation sequencing data analysis (DNA, RNA, or epigenetic analysis.)
• Excellent knowledge of general-purpose programming languages including C++, Java, Javascript, Python, Go.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.