Benchling

sf, seattle, remote
251 - 500 Employees
101 - 250 Engineers
$100M+ Funding
Series E

Benchling is building a platform for cutting-edge life science research: gene therapy, cellular immunotherapy, synthetic biology, etc. Our mission is to accelerate research and magnify its impact by bringing modern software to this historically underserved space.

Research today means disparate tools, manual data entry, and lots of Excel and paper. We provide an integrated platform for designing and running experiments, analyzing data, and sharing results. Scientists are able to work faster, while organizations can collect and tap into their vast institutional knowledge for the first time.

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Why join us?

  • The life science industry is booming — Recent advancements in areas like DNA sequencing and CRISPR / gene engineering have led investors and entrepreneurs alike to declare biotech the next frontier of innovation.

  • You will have a large impact on the next generation of scientific research — The top CRISPR companies, leading academic institutions, and pharma giants are building their workflows and entire IT stacks on Benchling.

  • We have an exceptional team — Benchling was founded in 2013 by a team of MIT graduates and has since raised funding from investors that include Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and Thrive Capital. Our team includes former Salesforce executives, tech industry veterans from Google, Palantir and Twitter, and biology PhDs from UCSF and Harvard. We hire people who love learning and learn fast - building tools for science requires a scientific mindset.


Engineering at Benchling

Engineering team and processes

Our engineering is team is small, but we take quality and autonomy very seriously.

Quality — we believe that ensuring engineering quality lets us move faster in the long run. We follow industry-standard practices to ensure a high-quality product. All changes are code reviewed, go through automated testing, and go through a brief testing cycle before they are shipped to customers.

Autonomy — engineers are expected and encouraged to take complete ownership over their work. This includes working with PMs on defining a product spec, building out technical plans, leading project teams, and going to customer on-sites to get direct feedback from users.

Technical Challenges

We're building a platform that powers complex scientific workflows. As a result, you'll face engineering challenges up and down the stack:

  • Analyzing large datasets for customers with thousands of scientists
  • Data modeling for scientific workflows with lots of interconnected parts
  • Building powerful visualization tools to help scientists understand their experiments
  • Working with scientists directly to develop scientific tools from cutting-edge research papers
Projects you might work on
  • Tools to simulate DNA assembly — Computers can assist scientists by informing scientific decisions with complex calculations. Our bulk assembly tool allows scientists to simulate constructing hundreds of DNA constructs in parallel, visualizing the end result and highlighting potential issues.

  • A new permissions system — Our existing permission system relies on Read/Write/Admin access that can only be applied at the top level of the file hierarchy. To roll out to enterprises with 500+ users, we need to offer them fine-grained control around exactly what actions a user can take and let them manage these in a hierarchical fashion.

  • Complex querying and visualization tools — The big advantage of keeping all your data stored in one system is that you can query that data all at once, without digging up multiple sources. This works best when you can query Benchling the same way you can query a database: by choosing from a large number of possible filters on any related objects, joining together various sources, and performing aggregations. We want to enable this in a user-friendly experience, without leaving your browser.

  • A customizable computation platform — Biologics are typically large protein complexes composed of a number of shared parts. We want to let scientists specify computations that can aggregate data across all of these related entities to surface derived values, which can be used in everything from data analysis to naming schemes. Scientists may develop custom protein analysis algorithms or proprietary validation logic - they'll be able to hook in custom code and push that computation to Benchling.

  • Data warehouse as a product — Customers can click a button and spin up a fully-managed, query-able warehouse with all their Benchling data in one place. Customers get the full power of Redshift/Postgres without having to manage ETL pipelines or tune Postgres configuration values.

Tech stack
React
PostgreSQL
Python
Flask
Amazon AWS
Redux
JS
TypeScript

Working at Benchling

Our company values are:

Admit mistakes and shortcomings Leaders openly acknowledge their failures and what they don’t know, even when it’s awkward or embarrassing to do so. They do this to build trust, encourage learning, and foster comfort with vulnerability and feedback.

Deliver results Leaders create an outsized impact with efficient teams. They maximize output, not headcount or budget. They make high-quality decisions quickly instead of engaging in never-ending debate. They’re rigorous about cutting fat and focus time on delivering what’s most important.

Disagree and commit Leaders actively listen and seek to understand all perspectives. They mine for the disagreements people aren’t sharing, even when it’s uncomfortable. Once a decision is made, they trust the process and are all in.

Obsess over customers Leaders deeply understand our customers and what they need. They embrace the complexity of our customers’ work instead of over-simplifying. They over-invest in building meaningful customer relationships. They obsess over what they can do to make customers successful.

Rely on work ethic Leaders know they must will success into reality. Assuming the current trajectory will simply continue is arrogant. They outwork the competition. They embrace the grind and do the unscalable, unglamorous work to build an enduring organization.

Show Empathy Leaders take time to understand others’ point of view. They express their ideas in ways that motivate others to follow them. They express gratitude inside and outside their teams to give credit where it’s deserved.

Recruit and develop the best Great leaders are great at recruiting, and prioritize it. They understand that A players want to work with A players, and have no tolerance for mediocrity. They retain great people by challenging them: letting go of their own egos and coaching their team on how to step up.

Sweat the details Leaders roll up their sleeves and have high standards. No task is below them. They inspect frequently and when the stakes are high, are personally accountable for even the smallest detail.

Think and communicate clearly Leaders are intellectually rigorous in how they approach problems: they back up their claims with evidence and show their logic. They follow up clear thinking with clear communication. They don’t expect people to just “know what they mean”. They over-invest in simple, written communication to hone their thinking and are deliberate in verbal presentation.

Unite around the mission Leaders operate as a singular team aligned to a singular mission. They respect the work and expertise of other functions, and put no one on a pedestal. Inspired by the potential of biotechnology to rewrite the way we live, they prioritize what’s best for the company as a whole to achieve its mission.

Perks & benefits
  • Generous Vacation
  • Gym/Fitness
  • Beautiful Office
  • Company Retreats
  • Maternal/Paternal Leave
  • Health Insurance
  • Team Activities
  • Transportation
  • 401(k) Contribution

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