GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured.

Senior Staff Bioinformatics Scientist, Translational Bioinformatics (Remote) #3497

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Employer Provided Salary: 200,000-227,000 Annually
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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. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit

GRAIL is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Staff Scientist to join our Translational Bioinformatics team working within GRAIL’s Research division. You will play a key role in cancer detection, disease and treatment response monitoring as well as in characterizing disease biology, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes across the continuum of cancer treatment. You will work with diverse teams including research, clinical, software, operations, product development, and external collaborators to develop new diagnostic products for oncology drug discovery and translational research. You’ll report to the Senior Director of Translational Bioinformatics team.

GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park California. This position enjoys a 100% remote environment.


  • Lead team projects and conduct bioinformatics analyses to solve complex scientific problems with significant functional impact
  • Define strategic direction and analysis plans to drive innovative research projects internally or externally and/or improve products, infrastructure, or processes 
  • Provide technical leadership to a technical area or a product development workstream
  • Collaborate across teams and disciplines to solve problems and act as a trusted cross-functional partner
  • Lead and contribute to scientific publications, conference presentations, technical reports, and internal knowledge sharing activities to disseminate research findings and promote scientific excellence within the organization
  • Mentor junior members of the team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. with 8+ years experience in bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related field, including at least 2+ years industry experience, with background in oncology and experience in drug discovery and/or translational research 
  • Strong technical skills, proficient in R or Python programming, solid understanding of statistical modeling and machine learning techniques (regression, classification, clustering, survival analysis, longitudinal modeling) 
  • Expert knowledge in the analysis and interpretation of at least one of the following data types: genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, or proteomic data
  • Clear, positive, and proactive communicator in verbal and written communications
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex biomedical projects with internal and external dependencies
  • Mastery of working collaboratively under tight deadlines and balancing the needs of multiple key stakeholders
  • Results-oriented: superb follow-through, drive, and creative problem-solving

The estimated, full-time, annual base pay scale for this position is $200,000 - $227,000. Actual base pay will consider skills, experience, and location. 

Based on the role, colleagues may be eligible to participate in an annual bonus plan tied to company and individual performance, or an incentive plan. We also offer a long-term incentive plan to align company and colleague success over time.

In addition, GRAIL offers a progressive benefit package, including flexible time-off, a 401k with a company match, and alongside our medical, dental, vision plans, carefully selected mindfulness offerings.

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. GRAIL maintains a drug-free workplace.

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What are GRAIL Perks + Benefits

GRAIL Benefits Overview

We’re committed to creating the best experience for everyone at GRAIL, ensuring that each member of our team has comprehensive benefits and resources to thrive at all stages of life, both at work and at home.

Volunteer in local community
We parter with Bay Area local partners such as Life Science Cares to help meet basic needs in the community.
Partners with nonprofits
GRAIL partners with The Honor Foundation to facilitate mock interviews to help military professionals transition to civilian life. Also oSTEM and The National Sales Network to identify diverse talent.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Hybrid work model
In-person all-hands meetings
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Unconscious bias training is included as part of our standard interview training. We also have a formal training on the topic of unconscious bias that is facilitated by the People Team.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
GRAIL proudly offers 4 employee resources groups led by team members in tandem with an executive sponsor. They include: ASERG, WERG, PRIDE, and BIPOCC.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
GRAIL's Talent team has partnered with a variety of non-profits, associations and job boards including WITI, oSTEM, THF, DiversityJobs and The National Sales Network to identify diverse talent.
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Abortion travel benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Company sponsored family events
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Flexible time off
Bereavement leave benefits
Company-wide vacation
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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