Software Engineer, Backend

| Boston, MA | Remote
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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, scientists around the world use Benchling’s applications, platform, & analytics in their efforts to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. For these scientists, Benchling is the central technology they use to conduct their research. Our customers include pharmaceutical giants, leading biotechs, and the world’s most renowned research institutes.


If you are to graduate with your Bachelor's or Master's degree in class of 2021-2022, please consider applying to our Software Engineer, New Graduate position here.

ROLE OVERVIEW

  • 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, build and maintain services hosted on AWS
  • Build a culture of DevOps: Define and lead processes for site reliability within/across team(s). Develop monitoring/observability and automation as part of a lean operations function.
  • Build tools and infrastructure for a more modular/serviced-based architecture.
  • Work closely with other application developers, product managers, designers, marketing, and sales to ensure that we’re building the right thing.
  • 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 MIGHT WORK ON

Check out our engineering blog for some examples of past work. Here are some teams and projects you might be a part of:

  • Building out micro-services for Chemistry: Our customers are doing cutting-edge research at the center of two different modalities: small molecule and biologics. While historically Benchling has focused on biologics, we are now developing software for the small molecule domain. The Chemistry team is building out tools for designing and modeling chemical structures, integrating with Cheminformatics toolkits, and partnering with the platform and infrastructure teams at Benchling to store, retrieve and search chemical reactions and stoichiometric data in a scalable way. 
  • Supporting complex custom data models. In order to support research across several different scientific verticals, we allow customers to design data models that represent the specific science that they’re doing. In fact, scientists have similar needs as engineers when designing their data models, and we plan to extend our system with features like subclassing, stricter typing, and data versioning.
  • Growing a developer ecosystem. Scientists often leverage lab robots to conduct high-throughput experiments. To automate data capture as these experiments are run, our developer platform provides an interface for data ingestion of the experimental results captured by these lab robots. High-throughput experimentation is becoming more commonplace, and our developer platform will expand to support these complex scientific workflows as we build out a Benchling developer ecosystem.

ABOUT YOU

  • Have 3+ years of experience as a Backend Software Engineer building products/platform/infrastructure.
  • Have a DevOps mindset.
  • Understand cloud computing, virtualization, and micro-services architectures.  Experience with major cloud platforms, especially AWS, is a plus.
  • Build software with a product-first approach. You ship code quickly and care about the real world impact of your code.
  • Have familiarity with deployment and configuration management frameworks, with CI/CD systems and container management systems (exposure to Terraform, Ansible, or Chef; BuildKite or Jenkins; Kubernetes or Amazon ECS is a plus). 
  • Write clear, well-tested code and possess strong communication and collaboration skills. 
  • You hold an unrelentingly high bar for quality in the systems and products for which you're responsible. 
  • Have strong abilities in problem solving and iterating on feedback.
  • Enjoy ownership and building key pieces of product/platform
  • Are interested in learning more about life science 

Benchling welcomes everyone. We believe every member of our team enriches our diversity and inclusion by broadening our ways of problem-solving for future challenges. Even if you don't meet 100% of the qualifications for this job, we strongly encourage you to apply.

IF YOU ARE SEEKING A NEW GRAD POSITION / INTERNSHIP:
  • Apply for our Summer 2022 software engineering internship program here.
  • For new grads, class of 2021-2022, who are seeking a full time position after graduation, please apply to our Software Engineer, New Graduate position here.

Benchling welcomes everyone. We believe every member of our team enriches our diversity and inclusion by broadening our ways of problem-solving for future challenges. Even if you don't meet 100% of the qualifications for this job, we strongly encourage you to apply.

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES

  • Admit mistakes and shortcomings
  • Deliver results
  • Disagree and commit
  • Obsess over customers
  • Rely on work ethic
  • Show empathy
  • Recruit and develop the best
  • Sweat the details
  • Think and communicate clearly
  • Unite around the mission

PERKS AND BENEFITS

  • Work with a talented yet humble team
  • Competitive compensation & equity package
  • Weekly virtual social events, and annual company retreats
  • 401k, Medical, dental, and vision insurance (US Employees Only)
  • Monthly health & wellness stipend
  • Yearly educational stipend
  • Flexible & Generous Vacation Policy: If you feel you need a break, you can talk directly with your manager to find coverage and support while you are out of the office. Need time off to vote? We've got you covered. 
  • Quarterly company-wide mental health days off
  • Holiday Shut-down: company-wide holiday shut-down between Christmas Eve and New Years
  • Major US and EMEA holidays observed
  • To support remote work conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Benchling provides each employee a one-time stipend of $1,000(USD) upon commencing employment, and additional discounted employee purchase plans for home-office equipment.

In following best practices and safety protocols, all Benchling employees are expected to work remotely until we are further advised that it is safe for employees to resume work in their respective office locations.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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An Insider's view of Benchling

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I think that the company culture is at the center of everything we do. Every single person here is willing to put down what they're doing to support to their colleagues whenever needed. That’s what is particularly special about Benchling. People are always ready to give their best effort, and there's no shortage of laughter or camaraderie!

Madeleine

Customer Support Specialist

What does your typical day look like?

The mission driven culture defines our day to day in the "office" (or Zoom meetings/Slack messaging). I've never worked at a company where there's such a permeating sense of optimism. People are generous with their time and knowledge, but still remain humble. Also, Aloha Fridays keep our vibes in check.

Alex

Implementation Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

One of the main reasons I joined Benchling is I knew I would grow along multiple axes. Benchling gives me the opportunity to explore outside of my role as an engineer. In the short time I've been here, I've had the opportunity to contribute to the company blog, help organize the annual hackathon, and manage part of the internship program!

Steven

Software Engineer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

I’m very excited by our COVID-19 initiatives. In an effort to help ramp up testing, we have partnered with universities and private companies to create a turn-key software solution that powers their sample analysis on Benchling. We’ve made it much faster for any lab that plans to spin up COVID-19 tests!

Nishant

Regional Lead, Professional Services

What projects are you most excited about?

As a co-lead of Benchling's People of Color affinity group, I'm most excited about projects and events that teach and celebrate multiple cultures. On Lunar New Year, our group passed out red envelopes. Many employees were familiar with the tradition, but they learned even more about its significance in Asian cultures from the information we shared.

Chanel

University Recruiting Lead

What are Benchling Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Benchling is home to several employee-driven affinity and interest groups that help our employees connect with members and allies of various communities.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
All employees participate in an Interview Training that, amongst other things, raises awareness around the impact of unconscious bias in the evaluation process and strategies to best mitigate this.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
On top of weekly happy hours & monthly events, Benchlings travel abroad for annual company retreats!
Free Daily Meals
Employees get free lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Is that the Dinner Bell, JeffyP hears? That's right. Dinner every night at the office for Benchlings after hours!
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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