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Software Engineer, Infrastructure at Benchling
San Francisco, CA, US

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 us toward this reality through modern software.

Benchling brings best-in-breed data infrastructure to the world's leading biotech companies. As an infrastructure engineer, you'll build the underlying systems that power both user-facing design tools and developer API. Ultimately, your work will be reflected in the agility, performance, reliability, and security of the Benchling platform.

Infrastructure at Benchling empowers engineers on other teams by making their work easier. As the Benchling engineering team triples in size, we'll invest in our underlying data stores, service architecture, and monitoring/tooling so we can build the next generation of our product. Our users are generating more kinds of data at an increasing rate and they're collaborating globally with each other, so our infrastructure needs to grow alongside them. In addition, the data our customers entrust us with is key to their businesses, so our platform needs to be highly reliable and trusted.

As a platform, Benchling is also a developer-facing product where we enable new forms of automation and integration in the life science space. Your work will be used more directly here - Benchling infrastructure extends or replaces our customers' infrastructure to store/process data. You may build systems that form a data pipeline for experimental results, an event queue to trigger customer integrations, or a compute platform to deploy and scale custom analysis.

We are looking for strong engineers with 5+ years of experience to join as a member of the larger Platform team and work alongside a few other infrastructure-focused peers. You'll collaborate with former Stripe, Google, and Facebook engineers to build a highly reliable, yet rapidly-evolving, backbone of our platform.

You will:

  • Design, build, and maintain core infrastructure hosted on AWS
  • Build developer-facing systems to test, build, and deploy
  • Define and implement our infrastructural security posture
  • Develop monitoring/observability and automation as part of a lean operations function

You might work on:

These are examples of projects we've worked on in the past or may work on in the near future - our projects are often changing, but this will hopefully give you an idea of the work to be done.

  • Planning and implementing a multi-tenant architecture for a (previously) single-tenant product - build out resource isolation and data segmentation as we face a scaling customer base.
  • Building a test and deploy pipeline on Buildkite - we have a large test suite and a large number of Benchling instances and need tools to deploy faster while maintaining the same degree of reliability.
  • Improving network performance for global users - this is an open-ended problem which needs to be solved as our user base becomes increasingly international.
  • Observability - mature our monitoring, tracing, and alerting systems so we have the right dashboards, notifications, and tools to quickly identify and resolve operational issues.
  • Building tooling and infrastructure for a more modular/service-based architecture - we're not religious about microservices or monoliths, but we have to scale architecture with our engineering team.
  • Building a SQL interface to Benchling - this could range from an ETL pipeline to a full-blown SQL parsing and execution engine. Our customers have their key data in Benchling and want to be able to connect their dashboards, analysis tools, and apps.
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