Software Engineer, Human Cell Atlas - Science

Palo Alto, CA

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity through technology, grantmaking, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing world-class engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.


We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands how to address our society’s challenges better than those who live them everyday. These partners help us identify problems and opportunities, learn fast and iterate toward our audacious goals for the next century. We strive to be humble, empathetic and scrappy life-long learners who work collaboratively to develop community-centered solutions.

We believe that high-performing teams include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative actively seeks 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, and people from low-income families.


We are looking for a Software Engineer to join our Human Cell Atlas ( data coordination platform team. As a member of the team, you will build cloud-based tools and infrastructure supporting a global community of scientists and engineers pushing the frontiers of biology. Our 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.

An ideal candidate is a software engineering generalist with development experience in full-stack applications and/or cloud-based infrastructure, good design judgement, and good communication skills. Our implementation platform is primarily web and public cloud, but a other relevant experience will be considered.


    • Design and develop software applications to manage collection, storage, analysis and visualization of biological assay data
    • Explore, define and validate solutions in partnership with Science domain specialists 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


    • 5+ years of software design, development and delivery experience
    • 3+ years using relevant technologies, which include building upon public cloud-based infrastructure, high-scale databases, web front-end (HTML/CSS, WebGL, SVG), etc.
    • Demonstrated ability to learn and use new methods and tools, define project requirements and ship completed projects
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience in genomics is a plus

About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was launched in December 2015 by Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and founder and CEO of The Primary School in East Palo Alto. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a new kind of philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity through world class engineering, grantmaking, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. Initial areas of focus include supporting science through basic biomedical research and education through personalized learning. CZI is also exploring ways to build stronger, more equitable communities through affordable housing and criminal justice reform. To learn more, visit our Facebook page.