Bioinformatics Research Engineering Intern - Summer 2023 (Remote)

South San Francisco, CA

Internship Entry-level / Junior


Freenome is a biotechnology company that has pioneered the most comprehensive multiomics platform for early cancer detection with a simple blood test.

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Why join Freenome?

Freenome is a high-growth biotech company on a mission since 2014 to create tools that empower everyone to prevent, detect, and treat their disease. 

To achieve this mission, Freenome is developing next-generation blood tests to detect cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages using our multiomics platform and machine learning techniques. Our first blood test will detect early-stage colorectal cancer and advanced adenomas.

To fight the war on cancer, Freenome has raised more than $1.1B from leading investors including a16z, GV (formerly Google Ventures), T. Rowe Price, BainCapital, Perceptive Advisors, RA Capital Management, Roche, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, and the American Cancer Society’s BrightEdge Ventures. 

About Our Summer 2023 Internship Program

Our interns provide valuable support and fresh perspectives to our teams as we work toward setting a new direction in the fight against cancer.

This is a 10-week program, designed to provide impactful work and foster an environment for learning and professional development through mentorship and networking opportunities. Throughout the program, our interns will be empowered to drive key projects with real business outcomes. This is a highly cross-functional and personalized program, offering guidance and support from our Hiring Managers and assigned mentors.

Please note:  
Our program is intended to begin mid-June and end mid-late August. The working hours for this role are 9am-5pm Pacific Time, with some flexibility determined by the Hiring Manager and leadership team. This position is open to remote within the US or onsite at our headquarters in South San Francisco.

About this opportunity:

At Freenome, our Bioinformatics Research Engineering (BRE) team builds software and tools that allow our scientists to work more efficiently. We build the primary software bridge between the wet lab and data analytics platforms by creating systems to transfer, process, and store critical biological data.

Freenome runs several proteomics assays that are used to generate data in order to build and train models for early cancer detection. We have built a rich set of tools that enables users to analyze and draw life-saving conclusions from this data. It is the responsibility of the BRE team to build software towards enabling this data analysis through structuring, indexing and storing the data properly.

As a Bioinformatics Research Engineering Intern, you will help engineer a software interface (API) that increases the accessibility of this code base to non-engineering scientists. In particular, the internship will focus on extending and wrapping existing proteomics bioinformatics code in order to create that accessible API. You will meet with proteomics scientists and engineers to get a sense of the diversity of proteomics data generated and use that research to inform the API's construction. The outcome of the work done throughout this internship will increase the efficiency and independence of Freenome proteomics scientists making it faster and easier to identify new targets for cancer detection.

What you'll do:

  • Learn how proteomics scientists interact with software in their everyday work to understand how software can increase their efficiency
  • Design aspects of a data processing software API that proteomics scientists can extend to write their own software with a low barrier to entry
  • Through the API's accessibility, increase the efficiency and independence of proteomics scientists at Freenome
  • Through the API, enable Freenome proteomics scientists access to the research platform with less operational overhead

Your background, perspective and experience:

  • Currently pursuing higher education relevant to the role
    • Or alternatively, within 1 year post-graduation or post-certification
  • Proficient in engineering basics and best practices
  • Expertise and completed projects in Python
  • Excellent communication skills including: the ability to interpret and communicate to users that have little to no engineering background

Additional information:

All interns will be hired through a third-party provider and will be considered contingent workers. We invite you to check out our career page @ for additional company information.  

Freenome is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. Freenome does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws.


Tags: APIs Data analysis Data Analytics Engineering Machine Learning Python Research

Perks/benefits: Career development Medical leave Startup environment

Regions: Remote/Anywhere North America
Country: United States
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