Helix is hiring a

Principal Engineer, Application Security

San Carlos, United States

We believe that everyone benefits from their biological information. It’s our mission to empower every person to improve their life through DNA.

With our high-quality, trusted partners and state-of-the-art lab, we’ve created the first platform of personalized products and services powered by genetics. From advanced cancer screening to custom fitness and nutrition plans, the world of DNA learning is becoming more accessible and more valuable than ever.

Our big vision comes with big responsibility. That’s why we’re building a team of experts in the field of genetics, engineering, design, business development, and beyond to help bring actionable insights to our customers. We’re looking for the best and brightest minds who are passionate about our mission and are excited to work on a truly diverse team.

The Helix Security team is seeking passionate engineers who want to develop solutions to important security challenges to protect consumer DNA data, work with our engineering and science teams, and create solutions for secure partner collaborations. Bring your deep security experience into a new and innovative field with incredible potential. If you like the idea of working with some of the most important consumer health data, devising novel solutions to protect privacy, and enjoy working with incredibly passionate colleagues in a startup environment, then this is the ideal opportunity for you.
Helix’s engineering culture emphasizes:
  • Curiosity - we are all passionate about the possibilities enabled by having access to your own genome
  • Responsibility - we have an obligation to people and our partners to operate with highly credible research guided by well respected advisors, with clear and effective communication about our products
  • Agility - flexibility and a desire to be nimble, smart, and effective are important to the Helix culture
  • Experience - we’re building a team with amazing track records of achievement in multidisciplinary environment

As a Principal Security Engineer or Architect, you will:

  • Transfer your extensive security knowledge to the new field of bioinformatics and big data genetics infrastructure
  • Develop security infrastructure and tools
  • Code and review the core Helix platform including bioinformatics, back-end, front-end, and APIs
  • Ensure security of our hosted cloud-based platform
  • Develop security solutions to facilitate secure partner integrations and consulting with partner engineering teams
  • Keep abreast of the latest security tools and developments in the field of genetics and bioinformatics as well as the larger security community
  • Safeguard sensitive personal health information and genomic data across the platform, rigorously protect data privacy for our users
  • Provide a strong voice for data security and integrity across the company

Required Background:

  • A passion for improving people’s lives through access to better information about their DNA
  • 10+ years development experience of tools and infrastructure in Python, Java, and/or C++, and interest in or experience with Golang; able to operate independently at a principal engineer level
  • 4+ years experience developing security solutions for distributed systems and cloud-based infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure)
  • 3+ years experience working with network security architectures and implementations
  • Experience designing and coding security protocols
  • Familiar with security policy frameworks, security audits, compliance, and regulatory approaches
  • Diverse domain expertise such as e-commerce, financial, wireless, and healthcare security implementations and techniques
  • Deep understanding of threat models for large, high-scale production platforms
  • Affinity for an engineering culture that emphasizes Agile, DevOps, and continuous delivery
  • BS+ in Computer Science required; coursework in cryptography, genetics/bioinformatics a plus

What Helix can offer you:

  • Competitive compensation, including meaningful equity
  • Great benefits, including medical, dental and vision
  • 401k with employer matching
  • 12 weeks paternity and maternity leave
  • Generous vacation policy
  • Commuter benefits
  • Gym subsidies