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Access new investigative treatments or clinical trials at no cost to you or your health insurance

Platform Engineer

$85k – $135k AngelList Est.
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Platform Engineer


Before new medical treatments can be administered to the public, they must demonstrate safety and efficacy in a clinical trial. These trials protect consumers from ineffective and dangerous products, but the clinical trial process also presents a tremendous bottleneck in delivering life-saving treatments to patients. A typical trial involves coordinating between numerous parties and data formats to gather, store, analyze, and audit clinical data. Mistakes and delays are common, and fewer than 10% of trials finish on time.

At TrialSpark, we are looking for talented software engineers to help us reimagine the clinical trial process from first principles and build the backbone technology platform.


This is a foundational software engineering role at TrialSpark. Platform Engineering is a small team of systems-oriented Engineers tasked with elevating our Product and Data Teams. We deliver and maintain secure, reliable infrastructure including Cloud components, CI/CD, Observability, complex ETL pipelines, and numerous libraries and frameworks essential to fullstack development. We are looking for a strong engineering teammate with deep experience in data infrastructure to further our mission. In this role, you will collaborate with Engineering and Data Squads to understand infrastructure requirements and guide their evolution as our technical operations grow in both scale and complexity. You will develop domain expertise in healthcare data and clinical trials, and build clinical data infrastructure to enable fast and efficient decision-making. Ultimately, your work will define the quality and reliability of TrialSpark’s technology, and thus our ability to deliver new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.


  • Build, maintain, and evolve our data infrastructure and overall data architecture to accommodate growing data complexity use cases
  • Partner with Data Analysts to assess the quality of our clinical data and implement targeted improvements with automated data cleansing and transformation
  • Create tools to continuously monitor, test, and optimize our clinical data pipeline to ensure timely delivery and high quality
  • Work with operational partners and product management to connect business and product needs, particularly for high quality data
  • Partner with our Data team to maintain our data warehouse (Redshift) and scale as necessary
  • Manage and evolve TrialSpark’s cloud ecosystem (AWS and Aptible) and CI/CD infrastructure (CircleCI)
  • Maintain and promote observability across our systems (DataDog and SumoLogic)
  • Develop frameworks, APIs, and libraries to support and enable our fullstack developers (Typescript/Python3) and data analysts (DBT/SQL, Python3, Jenkins/Groovy)
  • Help enforce best practices and promote testability and maintainability throughout our systems and codebase
  • If it can be automated, you will automate it


  • Minimum 3 years of software development experience with at least 2 years in a data-heavy role
  • Fluency in SQL and at least one other programming language (Python preferred)
  • Comfortable with Linux, Docker, and cloud technologies (AWS)
  • Strong knowledge of data modeling, pipeline scheduling and flows (e.g. Airflow), database design and architecture, ETL (e.g. dbt), OLAP
  • Experience with performance tuning row-based (PostgreSQL) and columnar (e.g. Redshift) data stores
  • Experience with infrastructure as code tools (Ansible, Terraform, etc)
  • Excellent problem solving and debugging skills
  • Exceptional communication skills with the ability to convey complicated systems to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • B.S. in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience

Parental leave

We believe your personal life enriches your professional life. We provide 12 weeks of parental leave (plus a flexible return to work) so you can start or grow your family. Plus, you’ll get a cute TrialSpark onesie for your new addition.

Flexible pto

We have a flexible PTO policy (so you don’t have to cut corners on your dream trip). If you’re under the weather, we actually want you to rest with take-it-as-you-need-it sick leave.

All the food

Reclaim all the time you spend meal planning — TrialSpark’s corporate Seamless account provides lunch three days a week and we enjoy a catered, family-style lunch on Fridays. We never skimp on snacks, so our kitchens are always stocked.

Dog friendly office

We...love dogs. Please bring yours to work.

Team bonding

We like to get outside the office from time to time. Count on frequent team outings that aren't your standard happy hour (think rock climbing, food tours). Plus, you can put your personal values into practice by joining our resource groups.

Annual retreat

We set aside time each year to go OOO. Spend time at our annual offsite connecting with your colleagues from other offices. Whether you're into kayaking or karaoke, our workplace experience team plans a weekend with activities for everyone.

TrialSpark at a glance

Access new investigative treatments or clinical trials at no cost to you or your health insurance

TrialSpark focuses on Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Clinical Trials, and Science. Their company has offices in New York City and New York. They have a mid-size team that's between 51-200 employees.

You can view their website at https://www.trialspark.com/ or find them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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