Staff Software Quality Engineer - Diagnostic Software | Karius

Staff Software Quality Engineer - Diagnostic Software

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. In this role you will create automated test suites to ensure the lab workflows, analytics, and results reports are effective and accurate. The ideal candidate is energized and motivated by the opportunity to build elegant software and enjoys seeing their 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.  

Reports to: Director, Quality Engineering  

Location: Redwood City, CA 

Why Should You Join Us?
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 our Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) lab order to report workflow and data analytics systems.
•  Coordinate with software engineers to create test steps, test utilities, and manage complex test data sets.
•  Create tools to automate the management, documentation, and communication of tests.
•  Drive improving overall development and testing processes for the highest quality software.
•  Provide leadership to the growing quality and software engineering teams regarding Software Quality best practices.
•  Interact with users and software engineers to be a system level subject matter expert within engineering. Understand how the system is used by customers and its functional behavior.
•  Perform some manual testing, primarily for exploration and troubleshooting new workflows.
•  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
•  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 engineering experience, at least 8 years of which in SQE and 5+ years of hands-on web/mobile functional, integration, system, and  API test automation.
•  Strong ability to program with languages such as Python, JavaScript, Java (or any other JVM based language), or .net/C#.
•  Strong experience with open source tools such as Cypress, BDD/Cucumber, WebDriver/Appium, RESTAssured.
•  Experience designing and implementing large-scale test suites from scratch along with maintaining and troubleshooting existing test suites.
•  Experience setting up tests (including FMEA tests) and testing applications on a cloud based platform (AWS, Azure, GCP) and tying these tests into CI/CD pipelines.
•  Performance and load testing, with tools such as Gatling and Jmeter.
•  Experience developing software in the medical or healthcare industry is highly desired, including knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements such as CAP/CLIA, FDA, 21 CFR, HIPAA, and GDPR.
•  Experience with project management and working in a small dynamic startup engineering team.
•  Experience in collecting software quality metrics and monitoring operational metrics.
•  Strong ability to mentor software and quality engineers on testing strategies.
•  Experience developing web applications, services, and APIs on a cloud platform, preferred. Formal Verification and Validation in areas such as government contracts, financial applications, or the medical industry, preferred. 

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