Software Engineer, Academic Product


San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 03/25/2021
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  • Company Address: 555 Montgomery Street Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA, 94111

About Benchling

Benchling makes life science research faster and more collaborative.

Biotechnology has the potential to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges, such as disease, renewable energy, clean water, and hunger. The brightest minds are working on these problems but they are equipped with archaic tools. We aspire to fix this and increase the rate of scientific output with a web-based platform that allows researchers to design and run experiments, analyze data, and share results.

Job Description

Over the next 10 years, biotech will fundamentally rewrite the way we live. Gene editing and cell therapy will dramatically change how we treat cancer and other major illnesses. Biofuels and biomaterials will transform the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the makeup of everyday objects. Crop science and synthetic biology will produce sustainable and ethical food. Benchling’s mission is to accelerate the research that propels us towards this future, and magnify its impact, through modern software.

Every day, scientists around the world use Benchling in their efforts to solve humanity's most pressing problems. For these scientists, Benchling is the central technology they use to conduct their research.

Benchling was founded by a team of MIT graduates and has raised funding from Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, and Y Combinator. Our customers include pharmaceutical giants, leading biotechs, and the world's most renowned research institutes.

Benchling's intuitive, user-friendly platform ensures that academic science isn't held back by outdated and disconnected tools. With Benchling, individual scientists and entire laboratories can capitalize on their scientific potential. Best of all, the core platform is free for academics. We’re looking for engineers to build out functionality to service tens of thousands of academics (graduate students, postdocs, and professors) performing some of the most cutting-edge research in the life sciences. You will iterate on the user experience of mission-critical workflows, build core product features to promote scientific collaboration, and help make Benchling be more data-driven. You’ll also serve as a key input and thought leader, working closely with the product teams to drive growth and engagement of our academic user base, and help make Benchling the default platform for life sciences research.


  • Own projects from initial design, to prototype, to large-scale rollout.
  • Design and implement core product features that academic users need to accelerate their research, derive meaningful value from Benchling, and stay engaged throughout their experimental lifecycle.
  • Own the experimentation framework and help develop organization-wide best practices for running growth experiments.
  • Work closely with Engineering, Product, Marketing, and Customer Experience to unlock new collaboration opportunities and support end-to-end workflows for academic users.
  • Help rapidly scale our product and team. As a founding member of the engineering team, you'll play an integral role in helping us mature our engineering processes and accelerate our hiring pipeline.


  • Have 4+ years of experience in software engineering.
  • Enjoy working with visual and UX designers, and care deeply about end-user experience.
  • Build software with a product-first approach. You ship code quickly, are able to learn and iterate, and care about the real-world impact of your code.
  • Passionate about mentoring other engineers and sharing knowledge across engineering teams.
  • Enjoy taking an iterative and hypothesis-driven approach to contributing features to the core product.
  • Are interested in learning more about life science (prior knowledge is not required; desire to learn is a must).

Nice to haves:

  • Prior experience building and scaling a B2C product.
  • Prior experience working with experimentation and growth teams.

You might work on

Check out our engineering blog for some examples of past work. On this team, you’ll have the unique chance to work on a small, fast-moving team in a hypothesis-driven and iterative fashion, while building core product features. Here are some examples of recent and future projects:

  • Driving user activation and engagement: Benchling’s academic product is powerful, but also complex — just like the science that our users are doing. You’ll help build new flows and features that allow users to readily see the value that Benchling offers and unlock productivity across the platform.
  • Encouraging collaboration within Benchling: The most cutting-edge scientific discoveries are often driven by collaboration in academia. In Benchling, academic users join organizations to collaborate on protocols, experiments, and sequences. We’ll work on building new features that make collaboration easier and more efficient for our users.
  • Building new ways for scientists to share their work: With the amount of data being generated and published today, we have an opportunity to centralize the way scientists across labs, institutions, and even companies share data with the entire scientific community. We’ll invest in building a repository that makes Benchling the default solution for collecting and sharing life science data.

Our Values

  • Empower through information: We explain the “why” behind every decision, unless there are highly sensitive circumstances. We're honest about how we're doing, especially in difficult time. We believe that sharing information builds trust and enables better decision-making.
  • Rely on tenacity: Hard work is one of the greatest factors to determine success and is fully under our control. We must make the most of every day by bringing the highest level of determination. Dreaming big is not enough.
  • Raise the bar: Pushing ourselves and others to improve will be uncomfortable and at times result in failure. However, it's critical to our success. We're dedicated to creating a place where everyone feels challenged to improve.
  • Build a lever: We choose to build tools and infrastructure that will help others make world-changing innovations. There's less glory in it, but in the words of Archimedes, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

Perks and Benefits

  • Monthly health & wellness stipend
  • Work with a talented yet humble team
  • Meals and snacks covered
  • 401k
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Commuter benefits
  • Happy hours, company and team wide social events

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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