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Robots for biologists

Software Engineer

$80k – $120k • 0.01% – 0.2%
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About Opentrons

Life-science holds the solutions to some of the toughest problems facing the globe, issues spanning from health and medicine to food, manufacturing, and the environment. But our pace of biotech innovation is not fast enough to keep up with the need for solutions. We need to accelerate if we are to rise to the challenges that confront us.

Biologists are held back by the need to run their experiments by hand. Manual pipetting is a tedious, error-prone process, and its slowing down science. We believe biologists should be free of monotonous labwork and the repetitive stress injuries that come with it. They should be able to spend their time designing experiments and analyzing data, moving us closer to scientific understanding and the world-changing technologies that come with it.

That’s why Opentrons makes robots for biologists that are 10-100x cheaper and easier to use than any lab automation before. Our robots automate experiments that would otherwise be done by hand so our users can spend less time pipetting and more time pursuing answers to the 21st century’s most important questions.

About the Role

Our robotic platform, API, and the apps built on top of them empower scientists to discover, build, and run their own automated experiments. The engineering team is constantly building, iterating on, and shipping these powerful and user friendly products. We love open-source and employ the world’s best open source tools and engineering approaches to produce our own open-source products and technologies. This role is for someone who wants to apply their computer science knowledge to robotics and have a meaningful impact on life science research. We are looking for someone who can grow with the organization as a core member of the team.


* Engineer great solutions - Architect, plan, and build infrastructure and features as part of a fast-paced cross-functional product team.

* Make user-friendly open-source tools - Create a stellar developer experience (DX) for Opentrons developer community, whether they are just learning or veteran coders.

* Architect for resilience - Design and build a system that seamlessly handles the inherently asynchronous and resilient flow between robot, peripherals, and user.

* Write code for the next programmer - work with the engineering team to ensure an easy-to-read and robust open-source code base.

Minimum Qualifications

* Experience working on high performing engineering teams.

* Strong engineering skills and CS fundamentals.

* Excitement to work in a multi-disciplinary team and with scientists around the world.

* Solid Python experience, including asynchronous programming.

* Interest in biotech and a willingness to learn.

Extra Qualifications

* Contributions or active maintenance of open-source Python packages.

* Familiarity with electrical engineering and physical computing.

* Biology and/or lab experience.

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