Backend Engineer at Rune Labs (Remote)

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Rune Labs
Rune Labs is a software and data analytics company for precision neurology, supporting care delivery and therapy development, advancing data-driven therapies for diseases such as Parkinson's, MS, OCD, and other neurological conditions . Rune aims to fill the gap in software and data support for next-generation neuroscience therapeutics, and expand the benefits of precision medicine to the millions of patients with neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. We're revenue-generating and well-funded by top-tier investors .
Rune's first-in-class precision brain data software platform integrates electrophysiology, brain imaging, and device data together with wearable data and clinical labels. The combination provides researchers, drug developers, and clinicians with the tools to guide treatment, uncover hidden disease phenotypes, and design better-targeted therapies.
StrivePD is our care delivery ecosystem for Parkinson's disease , enabling patients and clinicians to better manage Parkinson's by providing access to curated dashboards summarizing a range of patient data sources, and by connecting patients to clinical trials. For therapeutics development, biopharma and medical device companies leverage Rune's technology, network of engaged clinicians and patients, and large longitudinal real-world datasets to expedite development programs.
The Role
This role is an opportunity to do challenging work on our cloud platform, which handles biometric data recorded directly from inside the human brain (you read right), medical wearables, and our mobile apps.
Compensation Range
United States: $155,000-165,000 USD + benefits and equity
Canada: $145-$155,000 CAD + benefits and equity
Core Responsibilities
  • Design, implement, test, and maintain software for our cloud platform. You will work on APIs and distributed microservices that power our patient-facing mobile app, clinical support tool, and datascience workflows.
  • Share responsibility for production. We're not perfect, but our infrastructure is fully automated and our stack instrumented with observability, CI/CD, and strong security practices. You will be responsible for upholding and improving these practices, including writing tests, validating your work, and participating in daily production deploys.
  • Mentor and be mentored. Give and receive thoughtful feedback on feature design, code reviews, and more.
  • Balance short- and long-term technical priorities. You will work with Product, Project Managers, and other engineers to understand and clarify requirements for the projects you are working on. You will help establish tradeoffs between short- and long-term priorities, so that we can deliver reliable new features, lay groundwork for scaling our platform, and keep tech debt to a minimum.
  • Be part of a culture of explicit ethical consideration. We apply these considerations to ourselves, our team, and the patients whose data we are entrusted with.

  • At least 2 years as a backend software engineer, building cloud-native applications (we're on AWS).
  • Professional experience with a strongly-typed language (we use Go) or an interpreted language (we use Python and Ruby)
  • A track record of using unit and integration testing frameworks to provide high test coverage for your projects. Direct experience working on at least one of the following kinds of projects:
    • GraphQL, RESTful, or gRPC APIs
    • Asynchronous/job-based execution (e.g. queues, pub/sub, web sockets)
    • Writing code that handles sensitive data (e.g. medical, emergency services, financial)
    • Storing and querying timeseries data
  • Processing large amounts of data iteratively.

  • Your code is well-commented, well-structured, readable, and maintainable by another human being. You have a strong sense of ownership, but don't growl anytime someone comes near your code.
  • A strong belief in automated unit, integration, and performance testing.
  • Diligent about monitoring your features and services in production.
  • You are eager to help teammates brainstorm and debug (and willing to ask for help when you need it) and you take the time to explain your thoughts and opinions, without being dismissive, condescending, or patronizing.
  • Comfortable working on a remote team, which is distributed across timezones (mostly in North America).

Practical Stuff
  • You must reside and be authorized to work in either the U.S. or Canada.
  • We are a fully remote team within the US and Canada. We ask everyone to be available in general for collective team meeting hours from 10-3 Pacific (1-6 Eastern) daily. If you're in San Francisco, our pet-friendly office is just a block from Golden Gate Park.
  • Full health, vision, and dental benefits for you and your dependents. Check out our benefits details here .

More About Us
We look for strong alignment with Rune's values: learn about our work culture and expectations at Rune on our website . We are committed to treating each other well, building a diverse and representative team, and continually working to improve the cooperation and inclusivity of our org. Anyone meeting the minimum requirements for an open role is strongly encouraged to apply.
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Technology we use

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An Insider's view of Rune Labs

What projects are you most excited about?

My first project is to set up a European funnel of customers - researchers, clinicians, translational centers and medical device companies. While we are still creating the EU skeleton, together with Product and Business leaders, we are conquering first sites and setting up the ground to bring our Brain Data Platform and help reveal new therapies.


Head of Therapy Developer Realtions EU

How does the company support your career growth?

I love the opportunities to learn at Rune! I get to work closely with our own experts across diverse fields every day. If I want to better understand how to optimize deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, a neuroscientist will happily teach me. If I want to develop skills in UX design, machine learning, or devops, all I have to do is ask.


Head of Therapy Developer Relations

What are Rune Labs Perks + Benefits

Rune Labs Benefits Overview

Benefits at Rune are key to our exemplary work-life balance and a diverse and inclusive environment.

We trust each other to work effectively: we offer flexible work schedules, unlimited PTO, honest, but kind performance feedback, and opportunities for career growth for every employee. We strongly encourage everyone to take time off, at least two weeks off per year, and our leadership models this behavior.

We foster a diverse and inclusive workplace through a transparent, equitable, and competitive compensation strategy, generous parental leave, and the best healthcare and wellbeing benefits on the market: premier medical, dental, and visions benefits, disability and life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts (Healthcare and Dependent), commuter benefits, and 401(k).

Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Pride is our newest ERG for and by members of the LGBTQIA+ community at Rune.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Healthcare FSA up to $2,750 annually. Dependent care FSA for eligible child or adult care expenses (before/after-school care, daycare, preschool, day camps, and eldercare) up to $5,000 annually.
Disability Insurance
Short and long-term disability coverage of up to 60% of an employee's weekly/monthly salary.
Dental Benefits
Zero monthly premium dental coverage for employees. Premier plan with adult orthodontic coverage available.
Vision Benefits
Zero monthly premium vision coverage for employees.
Health Insurance Benefits
Nationwide low-deductible plan with Anthem, with zero monthly premium for employees. Premier plans available, including infertility coverage.
Life Insurance
Basic Life AD&D coverage of 1x an employee's annual salary.
Wellness Programs
Physical (OneMedical, XP Health, Global Travel, Rightway, Live Health) and mental health (Spring Health) programs, financial advice and planning (Origin, SoFi), and discount programs (Perk Spot).
Mental Health Benefits
3 employer-covered sessions with therapists, psychiatrists, and medication providers within one to three days. Progress tracking, wellness exercises, and personal Care Concierge.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
We offer options through our equity incentive plan.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
We offer Dependent Care FSA to set aside pre-tax dollars to cover eligible child or adult care expenses, including before/after-school care, daycare, preschool, day camps, and eldercare.
Generous Parental Leave
Birthing parents: 14 weeks of paid, 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave. Non-birthing parents: 8 weeks of paid, 8 weeks of unpaid parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
We offer a flexible work schedule outside of core hours (10 am - 2 pm PST).
Remote Work Program
We hire remotely in the US and Canada.
Family Medical Leave
Equivalent to FMLA, we offer up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job and benefits-protected leave.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
We offer paid sick days of up to two weeks per year.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Snacks and coffee are always on hand.
Some Meals Provided
Our HQ staff has weekly coffee and bagels. We also hold regular pop-up cross-team lunches on zoom.
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

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