First Engineering Hire at Instrumentl

San Francisco · Full Time

Instrumentl is a new way to find funding for your research. Instrumentl saves researchers hours of time (40% of their week!!) by intelligently matching their projects to relevant grants and making it impossible to forget about upcoming deadlines. Funders can also list and edit their grants and manage their application process directly on our platform, making Instrumentl the future "Common App" for grant applications.

Job Description

Instrumentl (YC S16) builds tools to help researchers save time and win more funding for their research. Today over $160B in funding moves between scientists and funds every year yet scientists waste up to 40% of their time hustling for money instead of actually doing science. We are changing that.

The founders have deep domain expertise as biologists, funders and building and running successful startups. Gauri sold her previous company to Airbnb and was their first PM for mobile. Angela and Kat wrote and won millions in funding from some of the most prestigious funding organizations while at the Global Fund, the Smithsonian Institute, and UC Berkeley.

You'd be the first engineering hire on our core team so you'd have plenty of impact on our technology roadmap and be instrumental (pun intended) in hiring and developing our engineering organization.

Our ideal candidate would have experience in jump starting development efforts on a green-field project, working with product to elucidate technical requirements, deciding on frameworks and platforms and shepherding software projects from inception to shipping. If you can do all of that, we want you to apply.

Our stack: Ruby on Rails, RSpec, Javascript, Postgres, Git, Heroku, S3 and whatever else you think we'd need!

We're based in the Bay Area and backed by Y Combinator and other fantastic investors.

You should be in (or willing to relocate to) the Bay Area.

Feel free to email with any questions.

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What We're Building

Instrumentl is automating the grants process for scientists, starting with discovery and recommendations.

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Angela Braren
CEO/Co-founder @Instrumentl (YC S16), biologist.
Katharine Corriveau
Founder @Instrumentl BSc. @McGill University MSc. @Uvic MA/MBA @JFKUniversity. Ecologist and entrepreneur eager to change the way research gets funded.
Gauri Manglik
Co-founder @Instrumentl (YC S16). Previously Mobile PM @Airbnb and founder @Fondu (acquired by Airbnb). NYU CS 2010.

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Our Investors

Ray Chan
Managing Director @K5 Ventures , @Tech Coast Angels , Venture Partner @Tech Coast Angels ACE Fund, active investor.
Amir Banifatemi
Entrepreneur, Investor, Product Strategist MP @K5 Ventures Lead AI @XPRIZE Foundation Curator @TEDxLA Board Member & Emeritus President at @Tech Coast Angels
Ajay Rajani
Entrepreneur & investor. Formerly: Founding CMO @inventure & Director of Product @Grovo. Currently &
Robert Wuttke
Founder and CEO of be2 and C-Date, a profitable $60M+ business. Investor in @Stockpile @ThinAir @Tradeshift @uBiome @Mayvenn @TerrAvion
Naveen Jain
CMO and Co-Founder @Immunity Project • CEO @Sparkart • Investor @Pigeonly , @Gyft, @Flexport , @Bellabeat, @Toymail, @Zesty - Y Combinator Alum (W14)
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