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Senior DevOps Engineer

Company: Guardant Health, Inc.
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary blood tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. The Guardant Health Oncology Platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum. Guardant Health has launched liquid biopsy-based Guardant360, Guardant360 CDx and GuardantOMNI tests for advanced stage cancer patients. These tests fuel development of its LUNAR program, which aims to address the needs of early stage cancer patients with neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatment selection, cancer survivors with surveillance, asymptomatic individuals eligible for cancer screening and individuals at a higher risk for developing cancer with early detection.

At Guardant Health our mission is to conquer cancer with data; as such software sits at the core of everything we do. While we're best known for our molecular diagnostics, which unlock the genomic signatures of cancer, these tests are just the first step in the equation. Turning this genomic data into actionable insights shared with thousands of patients, physicians, and researchers in a scalable, reliable, and secure fashion is a software product challenge

We are building a unique software stack to manage an ecosystem of microservices, RESTful APIs, and data integrations with internal and external systems to deliver useful and elegant user experiences in the extraordinarily complex oncology diagnostic and therapeutic landscape. We connect patients with clinical trials, help clinicians order our test and receive our clinical reports, and deliver valuable genomic datasets to researchers to help uncover important insights into treatment paradigms and drug discovery. Our technology stack reflects our views of using the best tools for the job, employing Java, Python, Ruby along with Kubernetes, Docker, Mulesoft, MySQL, MongoDB, high-performance computing clusters (HPC), and a variety of AWS services to analyze and disseminate vast volumes of genomic data

About the Role:

  • Deep understanding of the software development life cycle and zero downtime release management. Experience with agile based iterative development and knowledge of software engineering best practices
  • Influence the development of solutions that impact strategic projects/program goals and business outcomes
  • Resolve highly complex problems using a significant application of technical knowledge, conceptualization, reasoning and interpretation
  • Communicate effectively to help bridge stakeholder and development requirements
  • Lead the design, implementation of our public Cloud infrastructure and large scale Kubernetes clusters including CI/CD, provisioning, sizing, and Infrastructure as code
  • Building a release pipeline to enable fast, but safe delivery of critical business software to Production
  • Driving best practices in cost optimization, security, monitoring, alerting, operations excellence, performance efficiency and reliability in underlying systems
  • Scale systems sustainably through automation and evolve systems by pushing for changes that improve reliability and velocity
  • Practice sustainable incident response and blameless postmortems
  • Be part of an on-call rotation to support production systems and post-deployment monitoring
  • Lead and mentor junior engineers on the team

About You

Are you dedicated, upbeat and dynamic with excellent analytical ability? Are you a software engineer passionate about systems and highly motivated about solving complex problems? If so, you may be a perfect fit for our group

Experience Needed

  • 5+ years solid DevOps and Release orchestration with industry experience deploying highly available, rapidly scalable cloud-based computing services (AWS, GCP, etc)
  • 3+ years of experience in running cloud services using products such as Kubernetes, Docker or OpenShift
  • Experience with cloud-native ecosystem tools and technology stack such as container security, static code vulnerability, service proxies, container network, and service mesh
  • Strong automation skills using tools such as Ansible, Chef, Terraform, Jenkins a must
  • Strong knowledge of Linux and Linux environments (RHEL 6/7/8, RHCSA/RHCE, CentOS) a must
  • Programming experience in operating cloud environments using languages such as Python, Go, Ruby, Java, etc.
  • Design and manage CI/CD platforms on tools like Jenkins that allow for multiple releases/day and developer visibility
  • Implementation, management and optimization of observability tools and platform for system monitoring, logging, tracing and metrics (e.g. Prometheus, Grafana, Kibana, Sentry,, New Relic, Jaeger, Splunk, etc.)
  • Must be fluent with Git
  • Expert in designing, analyzing and troubleshooting large-scale distributed systems.
  • Systematic problem-solving approach, coupled with strong verbal and written communication skills and a sense of ownership and drive
  • Working with the various business units to help define SLOs and SLIs
  • Ability to successfully work with customers, developers, testing, project management, and support staff


BS or MS degree in Computer Science or related technical field involving coding (e.g., physics or mathematics), or equivalent practical experience. To us, DevOps is a combination of great systems engineering and software engineering.

Bonus points

  • Experience with side projects where you've learned to apply new technologies, frameworks or programming languages
  • Experience with algorithms, data structures, complexity analysis and software design
  • Cloud solution architect certificate from any of the public clouds (such as AWS, GCP, Azure, etc.)

Employee may be required to lift routine office supplies and use office equipment. Majority of the work is performed in a desk/office environment; however, there may be exposure to high noise levels, fumes, and biohazard material in the laboratory environment. Ability to sit for extended periods of time.

Guardant Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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