Associate Director, Software Engineering

Menlo Park, CA
Oct 07, 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

Grail is looking for an Associate Director, Software Engineer who enjoys working on a broad array of software systems and projects. The team is responsible for customer-facing software used to capture and manage clinical data. We strive to build a robust and scalable infrastructure as well as easy-to-use UI interfaces. Our technical stack consists of Go, AWS, Kubernetes, Microservices, and React.

You will:
> - Use your experience architecting and developing front-end and back-end applications and distributed systems to build authentication and authorization frameworks and Clinical Decision Support Systems.
> - Understand behaviors and dependencies among systems in order to identify an efficient breakdown into modular, reusable microservices.
> - Lead, facilitate, coordinate with external (on-shore and off-shore) consulting partners to accomplish project goals.
> - Participating in the development and maintenance of application architecture guiding principles, policies, best practices, and standards.
> - Build and operate the infrastructure and tooling that runs the systems and powers the team.
> - Driving best practices for scaling, monitoring, logging, reliability, security, code health, testing, and maintainability.
> - Mentoring and teaching other team members to help improve their skills and elevate the software organization.

Your background includes:
> - Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Bioinformatics, or similar technical field.
> - 12+ years of meaningful work experience designing, developing, testing, and maintaining full-stack applications and microservice ecosystems.
> - Excellent knowledge of general-purpose programming languages including C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Go Language, React, SpringBoot, Spring, Angular, Maven, Docker, Redis, MySQL, & Postgres.  
> - Experience working with business teams on complex problems and translating them into efficient, scalable, and easy to maintain data engineering solutions.
> - Experience architecting and developing distributed systems on one of the cloud platforms like AWS, GCP, or Azure.
> - Experience with writing and executing test protocols
> - Passion for designing and building practical high-quality software solutions.
> - Strong professional written and verbal communication skills.
> - Proven leadership and self-direction!
> - Willingness to both teach others and learn new techniques!

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. We offer excellent employee benefits at par with the industry. 
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.

GRAIL, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries ("GRAIL") does not accept any liability for fees for resumes from recruiters or employment agencies (“Agency”), without a binding, written recruitment agreement between GRAIL and Agency describing the services and specific job openings (“Agreement”).  GRAIL may consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume and explicitly reserves the right to hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the Agency, unless an Agreement is in place.  Any email or verbal contacts with any person within GRAIL is inadequate to create a binding agreement.   Agencies without an Agreement are requested not to contact any hiring managers of GRAIL with recruiting inquiries or resumes.  Agencies interested in partnering with GRAIL may contact GRAIL's HR Department through our Customer Service team.