Platform Engineer

Seattle, WA, United States, San Francisco, CA, United States, Raleigh, NC, United States, Boston, MA, United States, San Diego, CA, United States

Benchling


Role Locations

  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • San Diego, CA, United States

Employees

251 - 500 people

Address

555 Montgomery St Ste 1700
San Francisco, CA, 94111, US

Tech Stack

  • React
  • PostgreSQL
  • Python
  • Flask
  • Amazon AWS
  • Redux
  • JS
  • TypeScript

Role Description

Software Engineer, Platform

Over the coming years, biotech will fundamentally rewrite the way we live. Gene editing and cell therapy are dramatically changing how we treat cancer and other major illnesses. Biofuels and biomaterials are transforming the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the makeup of everyday objects. Crop science and synthetic biology are producing sustainable and ethical food. Benchling’s mission is to accelerate the research that propels us towards this reality, and magnify its impact, through modern software.

Every day, hundreds of thousands of scientists around the world use Benchling in their efforts to solve humanity's most pressing problems. For these scientists, Benchling is the central technology they use to conduct their research.

Benchling was founded by a team of MIT graduates and has raised funding from Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, and Y Combinator. Our customers include pharmaceutical giants, leading biotechs, and the world's most renowned research institutes.

Our engineering team is comprised of the Applications Team, the Platform Team, and the Customer Engineering Team. The Platform Team is responsible for the underlying infrastructure and foundation of the Benchling product. This ranges from backend areas like server infrastructure and permissions to product-level systems like unified search and navigation. Platform also owns the systems that power our customer-facing APIs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Own projects end-to-end, from initial design, to prototype, to large-scale rollout. Design and implement backend models and API endpoints for complex scientific workflows. Design and implement rich frontend components and architecture. We build and operate one of the largest, richest React applications out there and power complex scientific analyses. Work closely with product managers, designers, marketing, and sales to ensure the right context is being shared. Help rapidly scale our product and team. As a member of the engineering team, you'll be an integral part of how we mature our tooling, best practices, engineering processes, and hiring.

YOU

Have 3+ years of experience in software engineering. Build software with a product-first approach. You ship code quickly and care about the real world impact of your code. Have strong abilities in problem solving and iterating on feedback. Enjoy ownership and building key pieces of product. Are interested in learning more about life science (prior knowledge is not required; desire to learn is a must).

YOU MIGHT WORK ON

Check out our engineering blog (https://benchling.engineering/) for some examples of past work. Here are some other examples of recent and future projects:

*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. *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. *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.

Note about work during COVID-19: Benchling will be working remotely/virtually through August 2021. Assuming it's safe to return to the office at that time, we will be hiring for our San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Boston and Research Triangle locations.

About Benchling

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.

Company Culture

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.

Interested in this role?
Skip straight to final-round interviews by applying through Triplebyte.