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Instrument Team - Production Solutions Software Engineer at Synthego
Redwood City, CA, US
Synthego is transforming scientists into designers with the first fully automated molecular biology lab. Lab automation is no cakewalk, though. Our Laboratory Information Management System sits as manager of all scientists and instruments, with our instrument software stack executing all assigned orders. Our instrument software stack has the crucial responsibility of ensuring assigned instructions were executed accurately, every time, all the time.
 
As a Production Solutions Software Engineer, you’ll become the primary interface between the instrument team and the production floor, ensuring that our software stack executes those orders accurately, or debugging the root cause if it’s not. You’ll know our instrument software stack inside-and-out, find and fix the pain points, and scope larger projects as a fellow member of the Instrument Software team. With your help, we’ll keep our symphony of automated instruments humming in tune.

What You'll Do

    • You are frontline support for all production needs. Requests for help will flow through you, be fixed, triaged, or escalated as appropriate
    • Fix the pain points. You will know what causes production the most problems today, so dive in and fix it in a way that it doesn’t bother you tomorrow
    • Ownership of pilot / out of band projects that are not yet supported by our LIMS system
    • A general understanding of all Synthego software systems and a deep understanding of how to debug them

About You

    • BS or Equivalent in CS
    • 1+ years of industry experience working with industrial and instrument controls
    • Fluent in Python, Linux, and bash
    • Understanding of C# 
    • An eagerness to understand and fix all of the things
    • Experience debugging complex systems
    • Great communication skills
    • Strong desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative start-up environment

Nice to Haves

    • Previous experience in the Biotech domain
    • Familiarity with Python web frameworks (Django or Flask)
    • Experience with liquid handling instruments (Hamiltons, Tecans, etc)
    • Experience with electronics, especially debugging serial communications (I2C, SPI)
    • Experience with PCB board design
    • Understanding of AWS or other cloud services

Company Benefits & Perks

    • Competitive salary
    • Generous equity at an early stage company
    • Robust medical, dental and vision benefits
    • 401k Plan
    • 4x daily Shuttle bus to & from San Francisco (more locations to come)
    • Fully stocked kitchen and snacks
    • Free catered lunches and dinners
ABOUT SYNTHEGO
 
Synthego’s vision is to turn biology into an information science, with the ultimate goal of dramatically extending the healthy human lifespan.
 
Synthego builds advanced bioinformatics and automated hardware platforms to create next-generation molecular biology tools, starting with full-stack genome engineering.
 
These world-class tools accelerate basic scientific discovery, critical disease cures and novel synthetic biology applications to improve and prolong life.