Staff Software Quality Engineer | Karius

Staff Software Quality Engineer

About Karius
Karius is a venture-backed life science startup that is transforming the way pathogens and other microbes are observed throughout the body. By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we're helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, providing industry partners with access to 1000’s of biomarkers to accelerate clinical trials, discovering new microbes, and reducing patient suffering worldwide. 

Position Summary
We are building and operating a unique software stack of cloud infrastructure, software services, APIs, web and mobile interactive interfaces, and AI-driven data analytics pipelines to deliver life-saving results in the highly complex infectious disease landscape. We believe the success of Karius’ products is driven by both our unique technology and the elegance of the software solution. We seek talented and passionate individuals who want to be part of this impactful journey reaching the team’s ambitious goals, far beyond what any single individual could accomplish. 

Reports to: Director, Software Quality Engineering  

Location: Redwood City, CA 

Why Should You Join Karius?
Karius aims to conquer infectious diseases through innovations around genomic sequencing and machine learning. The company’s platform is already delivering unprecedented insights into the microbial landscape, providing clinicians with a comprehensive test capable of identifying more than a thousand pathogens directly from blood, and helping industry accelerate the development of therapeutic solutions. The Karius test we provide today is one of the most advanced solutions available to physicians who aim to deliver better care to many otherwise ineffectively treated patients. Our test is the result of some incredible work done by our scientists, statisticians, engineers, and physicians, all driven by the same mission. You, as part of the Karius team, will be able to see how directly your work has a life-changing impact on people, and at scale. 

Primary Responsibilities
•  Create automated test cases and test suites for a Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) lab workflow and data analytics systems.
•  Coordinate with Developers to create test steps, test utilities, and manage test inputs and outputs.
•  Create tools to automate the management, documentation, and communication of tests.
•  Drive improving overall development and testing processes for the highest quality software.
•  Perform some manual testing, particularly initially, as we ramp up the QE team and automate the test cases.
•  Provide technical leadership to the growing QE team.
•  Interact with users and developers to be the system level subject matter expert within engineering.  Understand how the system is used by customers and its functional behavior.
•  Quantitatively monitor the development and test processes and drive continuous improvement with automated metrics. 

Travel: No travel required.         

Physical Requirements Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office environment. 

Position Requirements
First and foremost, you are energized and motivated by the opportunity to build elegant software. You enjoy seeing your creation work like a clock, positively impacting thousands of people every year. You crave tough challenges in a super technical, fast pace and collaborative environment that requires creativity and vision to navigate complex and ambiguous problems.  

Required skills and experiences:
•  BS or MS degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related technical fields involving algorithms or coding (e.g., physics or mathematics). 
•  10+ years of Software Quality Engineering experience, including 5+ years of hands on web and mobile test automation experience.
•  Experience developing software in the medical or healthcare industry desired. Regulations and compliance requirements such as CAP/CLIA, FDA, 21 CFR, HIPAA, GDPR a plus.
•  Experience with Behaviorally Driven Development (BDD) testing.
•  Experience with Functional, API, Integration, System, and Mobile testing.
•  Strong ability to architect, design, and implement test cases with test tools such as Cypress, Cucumber, Appium, REST Assured.
•  Strong ability to program with languages such as Python, JavaScript, Java (or any other JVM based language), or .net/C#.
•  Experience testing applications on cloud based platforms such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud. Developing web applications, services and APIs, preferred.
•  Experience creating large test suites from scratch and maintaining existing test suites.
Strong ability to mentor developers and testers on testing strategies.
•  Ability to troubleshoot existing test cases and test environments.
•  Experience collecting software quality metrics with custom or off-the-shelf automated tools. Performance and load testing, preferred.
•  Formal Verification and Validation in areas such as government contracts, human spaceflight, or the medical industry, desired. 

Personal Qualifications 
•  Passionate, purpose-driven, and excited about Karius’ mission.
•  Mastered your craft yet eager to learn and grow.
•  Demonstrated ability to tackle complex problems.
•  Possess a strong commitment to the highest software quality.
•  Ability to work independently but also be an excellent team player.
•  Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast paced (startup) environment. 

At Karius, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees and are committed to honor and invest in the full diversity of people, in our hiring, recruiting and development of employees across the Company.  All qualified applicants for employment are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application due to a disability, please contact us at and we will accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.

Redwood City, CA