Senior Backend Software Engineer: MPK #3327



Software Engineering
Menlo Park, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2023
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 Senior Backend Software Engineer to join a fast paced, high impact software engineering team as you apply technology to define, identify, develop, and maintain complex platform applications supporting our lab products.
This a hybrid (on/off-site) role located in our Menlo Park, CA HQ. Due to the hybrid requirement at this point we are looking for exceptional software engineers who are located within driving distance of Menlo Park.
As a key member of our Backend Software team and an individual contributor you will have the opportunity to advance GRAIL's pioneering applications and make a profound difference in the lives of those affected by cancer!

In this role you will:

  • Provide engineering prowess to the team as you develop and drive heterogeneous applications for the beginning and end of our lab process.
  • Drive the delivery to production of robust and efficient regulated software that meets GRAIL’s needs as we rapidly scale.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to deliver on complex domain problems.
  • Collaborate and lead technical discussions within the team.
  • Support the operations teams that use the systems you build.
  • Provide technical mentoring to software engineers helping them to rapidly grow in their careers.

Required Skills

  • BS with 5+ years, MS with 3+ years or PhD with 1-2 years professional experience
  • GRAIL’s backend technical stack is Java, Go and Python.
  • UX and APIs
  • Working experiences in object oriented software environment that are highly complicated.
  • A commitment and passion for technical excellence and quality.
  • Experiences building scalable, well architected production ready solution on the backend.
  • Experience with writing automated test as part of your development workflow.
  • Comfortable working in a microservices environment

Desired Skills

  • Go experience is preferred
  • Working experience in regulated environments
The estimated, full-time, annual base pay scale for this position is $145,000 - $175,000. 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.