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Instrument Team - Software Engineer at Synthego
Redwood City, CA, US
At Synthego, we pride ourselves in our ability to quickly transform ideas into real instruments. In a realm where industrial automation is traditionally stiff and difficult to refine, we deliver new ideas on-the-fly to meet the customer’s growing needs in an ever-changing factory.
Currently, we are seeking a Software Engineer specialized in Lab Automation to join our team and help bring genome engineering solutions to the world through robotics and automation. At Synthego, you’ll deliver factory-wide automation solutions for Synthego’s growing portfolio of custom and off-the-shelf robotic liquid handling platforms. Your work will span from the lowest level sensor drivers to the highest level automation tools that orchestrate our facility’s cloud-enabled molecular biology lab.

What You’ll Do

    • Develop middleware abstraction layers to integrate off-the-shelf robot and automation platforms under a common software framework
    • Provide scalable solutions to instrumentation software integration problems in an automated factory
    • Deliver stable solutions to empower an automated factory operating around the clock
    • Lead the integration of new instrument technologies from requirements gathering to production on factory floor

About You

    • BS in Computer Science 4+ years experience or MS/PhD 2+ years experience
    • Experience integrating off-the-shelf lab instruments/solutions using manufacturer supplied libraries
    • Familiarity with Win32 development
    • Comfortable writing object-oriented software for real-world electromechanical systems
    • Fluent with Python, and comfortable with the Linux Command Line
    • You have designed, built, tested and deployed complex automated instruments with a very high level of ownership
    • Experience integrating with LIMS, SCADA, or other factory data system.
    • Desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative start-up environment

Nice to Have

    • Familiarity with wet lab instruments
    • Experience with liquid handlers (Hamilton, Tecan)
    • Experience building machine control and diagnostic web UIs
    • Experience with modern web application frameworks such as Django
    • Interested in designing solutions under an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) framework
    • Experience with C#
    • PCB design, fabrication and integration experience
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.