Software Engineering Lead

At Elegen, we are developing innovative technologies to unlock the SynBio revolution. We are seeking a passionate and experienced software lead to build the software platform to support our gene synthesis business. The candidate will play a key role in building the pipeline from requested gene sequence to shipped genes.


This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and self-driven software engineer to get in near the ground floor of a fast-moving, very high impact start-up. In addition to working on cutting edge technology, the candidate would help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers.



Primary Responsibilities:


• Architect and implement a scalable backend tech stack that connects Elegen’s e-commerce website, bioinformatics pipelines, LIMS and ERP systems.


• Spearhead the effort to implement and customize a commercially available LIMS for gene manufacturing.


• Collaborate with third party front-end developers to define requirements for and build efficient APIs.


• Collaborate with bioinformatics personnel to develop and implement efficient bioinformatic algorithms.


• Manage the backend infrastructure and implement CI/CD workflows.



Essential Candidate Profile:


• M.S. or PhD in computer science or a related field with 5 years of industry experience.


• Experience with architecting and implementation of a life sciences backend tech stack integrating LIMS and bioinformatics software.


• Proficiency in backend scripting languages and frameworks.


• Experience in development of APIs for integration with backend python programs.


• Proficiency in database architecture, querying and management.


• Experience with server networks and hybrid cloud.


• Experience with all phases of the software development life cycle, best practices and effective software development methodologies.



Preferred Candidate Qualifications:


• Previous experience in integrating e-commerce or ERP systems with a LIMS system.


• Familiarity with front end and UI/UX design and frameworks.


• Domain-specific experience in computational biology, genomics or a related field.



About the company:


We are now at the dawn of the synthetic biology revolution, which will spawn new applications, markets, and business models, improving human lives in countless ways. This revolution will be driven by new technologies that enable DNA writing at speed and scale. For decades, synthetic DNA has been an essential input into biomedical and biology research; high throughput sequencing and technologies such as CRISPR have further fueled demand for synthetic DNA. However, the technologies for synthesizing DNA have evolved only incrementally. To catalyze this revolution, Elegen is creating a suite of ground-breaking technologies to achieve DNA writing with unparalleled speed, cost, and quality. Elegen is unlocking the power to reprogram biology and create biologic solutions in order to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.


Founded and led by Dr. Matthew Hill and located in San Carlos, CA, Elegen is well-capitalized by top life science investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and KdT. The company is advised and staffed by leading biotechnology scientists and entrepreneurs, including Dr. Marc Unger, inventor of the Nanoflex™ valve, and former CSO of Fluidigm. Dr. Hill has a PhD from Stanford and a proven track record of advancing innovative technologies from invention to commercial success. Over eight years in his previous role as VP of R&D at a leading molecular diagnostics company, he co-invented and launched five precision molecular diagnostic products, including a best-in-class noninvasive prenatal test used by millions. These products earn more than $350 million per year in revenue and enabled an IPO.