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Director, Software Products at Synthego
Redwood City, CA, US
Synthego is looking for a Director of Software Products to build the next generation of genome engineering software tools.
This role will be charged with defining the vision for all of Synthego’s biological software products, covering everything from guide RNA design algorithms, machine learning models, genome construction, and sequence analysis. Furthermore, this role will be responsible for identifying and prioritizing key areas of software development to enable Synthego’s next generation of products and partner capabilities.
In this role, you will work closely with senior technical and commercial leadership to lead teams of bioinformaticians, software engineers, and product managers to define what will become the state of the art in genome engineering tools. You will be responsible for product roadmaps, informing long-term strategy, and evaluating new technologies & capabilities in light of organizational needs and IP landscapes, bringing the software products to market and managing their success.  This role reports to the COO.
Synthego aims to make biological research in to an Information Science. This role defines and builds the tools we need to get there.

What You'll Do

    • Take ownership of the Software Product vision at Synthego.
    • Act as domain expert for Synthego’s bioinformatics and computational biology tools and capabilities.
    • Work closely with inward and outward facing software teams to guide development efforts for the next generation of guide RNA design and edit analysis tools.
    • Understand and leverage open-source tools and open datasets to drive innovation and inclusion in the CRISPR tools community.

About You

    • PhD in bioinformatics, genetics, or biology discipline with experience in genome engineering and software development.
    • Demonstrated vision, understanding, and intuition around challenges in genome design software and implementation
    • Knowledge of existing genomics tools, genome browsers, design tools, and databases 
    • Demonstrated broad problem-solving skills. Self-starter and strong team contributor 
    • Experience as bioinformatics. software engineering, or technical product team lead
    • Experience in bringing software products to the life science market with a good understanding of biologist needs
    • Ability to evaluate user activity and understand user experiences

Nice to Haves

    • Advanced Python and R programming experience
    • Experience with Linux and cloud computing
    • Experience with machine learning
    • Experience in developing new genomics algorithms
    • Experience in developing new or using bioinformatics pipeline tools
    • Experience building and leading a team of talented scientists and engineers

Company Benefits & Perks

    • Competitive salary
    • Generous equity at an early stage company
    • Robust medical, dental and vision benefits
    • 401k Plan
    • Fully stocked kitchen and snacks
    • Free catered lunches and dinners
    • 4x daily Shuttle bus to & from San Francisco
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.