Software Engineering Project Manager - Health Tech Startup at CancerIQ

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"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads … That sucks."

-Jeff Hammerbacher

Cancer sucks. But, code is powerful, and people are resilient.

Are you obsessed with software technology? How about saving lives? Yes? Read on.

In the high cost world of oncology, trial and error treatment is still the norm despite enormous advances in genomic medicine. Patients are given one-size-fits-all treatments that lead to poor outcomes.

CancerIQ is building intelligent analytical technologies aimed to optimize cancer risk prediction, prevention, and treatment. We do this by providing care providers with workflow tools built upon informed decision engines and data-driven classification models. Our mission strives to engage and educate patients, and guide them through the complex, convoluted, and intimidating journey of cancer prevention.


How do you fit in?

You'll work directly with our engineering and product teams to design and deliver products and features in the CancerIQ platform. The CancerIQ engineering team is passionate about developing and delivering innovative software solutions, and as Technical Project Manager, you'll take part in a nimble yet rigorous continuous improvement culture that embraces controlled risks through experimentation, while maintaining healthy delivery schedules. In doing so, you'll help the team improve and expand upon an extensible healthcare platform that leads to great customer and patient experiences that will ultimately save lives. Job duties include:

  • Facilitate the Agile process by leading Standups, Backlog Grooming, and Retros
  • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of the current and future technical architecture
  • Manage and track engineering projects, tasks, and milestones in Gitlab
  • Maintain ongoing communication of the overall roadmap with key stakeholders
  • Project planning of software projects with a deep understanding of client dependencies and software dependencies
  • Write and track project proposals and charters
  • Perform QA testing and track defects

What are we looking for?

You should be technical. Because the CancerIQ platform is made to facilitate a variety of unique clinical workflows, it is designed as a sophisticated mixture of backend services and frontend clients. It is important to understand the technical context of the overall product in order to help make the best decisions when defining priorities and roadmaps. You should be a great communicator. As a project manager, you will be a conduit of ideas among the business development, customer success, and engineering teams and thus, communication needs to happen at every junction, giving the whole company targets to align on. You should be scientific. When weighing out decisions regarding the product delivery roadmap, you will use facts and metrics to bolster the prioritization and planned features or initiatives. More specifically:

  • 3+ years of experience in the tech industry as a project manager
  • Experience with continuous improvement mindset and framework
  • Experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders and making justified decisions
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and analytical approach to project management
  • Excellent communication skills; collaborative, team-focused mindset
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage your own workload

Any nice-to-haves?

  • Experience with healthcare IT or clinical workflows
  • Experience in Agile Development and/or background in software development
  • Experience working as a Software Engineer/Developer


  • Competitive pay and benefits (health insurance, travel subsidies, discount programs)
  • Passionate, high-energy culture. Surrounding yourself with people that are excited to get stuff done and make an impact is motivating, and addictive.
  • Building things to save lives.

Note: At CancerIQ, the safety and wellness of our employees is our top priority. To provide our employees with the support they may need to maintain their personal health and wellness, our office is open and available for those employees who are interested in using it. Our long-term goal is for CancerIQ employees to return to our Chicago office, however working remotely will be an option until everyone is comfortable, and it is 100% safe for all to return.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • RustLanguages
    • ElixirLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
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    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Aha!Management
    • HubSpotCRM


In the River North neighborhood that offers an authentic live-work-play lifestyle. It's right across from the Red Line, plenty of bars and restaurants

An Insider's view of CancerIQ

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We all believe in our product and want to see it succeed, which means we're always pushing the boundaries of healthcare and of ourselves. We work fast and encourage each other, so we learn fast. Here you can propose an idea, see it built and launch it, which you don't get at a larger organization. In my first 6 weeks I released a brand new product!

Hilary Mohs

Product Manager

What does your typical day look like?

I get to sell to people that are excited to hear from me. Our product solves a problem for everyone - including our sales channel partners that I get to interact with and learn from. From drafting proposals & negotiating terms to providing feedback on product & marketing ideas - it's never a dull moment at CancerIQ

Annie Stoik

Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I initially joined to get some practical experience before going to grad school for genetic counseling. While observing workflow and supporting clinical users, I fell in love with CancerIQ's user-centered design process and never wanted to leave. I'm now transitioning to the product team and look forward to a career in product management.

Sadie Freedman

Product Specialist

What is your vision for the company?

Our vision is to be a product-focused, "apple" of the health tech world that is able to build products that make the most complex concepts in genomics easy to understand and apply in everyday care. Sadly there are few healthcare solutons that are simple, elegant, and informative enough that doctors and patients will actually love

Haibo Lu

VP of Product & Customer Success

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

Healthcare data, specifications, and interfaces tend to be archaic and non-standard across healthcare systems. Developing a modern platform that is inter-operable with old systems requires designing and building around inherent complexities through careful domain-driven modeling, flexible micro-services, and sophisticated adapters.

Chris Bun

Chief Technology Officer

What are CancerIQ Perks + Benefits

CancerIQ Benefits Overview

CancerIQ provides are variety of perks that include but are not limited to
*Unlimited vacation policy
*Onsite gym
*Flexible working schedules
*Opportunities for career development and Job Training resources
*Eligibility for performance bonuses
*Commuter benefits

Eat lunch together
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
CancerIQ's onsite gym boasts of free membership available to all employees, accessible during working hours and after.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home Work remotely 1 day per week.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Promote from within
Customized development tracks
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