Life Sciences Data Engineer


Boston, MA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Research Sci/Assoc/Mgr
  • Post Date: 04/21/2021
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  • Company Address: 294 Washington Street 11th Floor, Boston, MA, 02108

About TetraScience

TetraScience is the leader in transforming the Digital Lab. We provide an advanced data engineering solution that makes life sciences R&D data truly accessible and actionable.

Job Description


TetraScience provides the world’s first and only R&D Data Cloud, with a mission to transform life sciences R&D, accelerate discovery, and improve human life. Scientists at global pharma and biotech organizations rely on our innovative Tetra Data Platform for easy access to centralized, harmonized, and actionable scientific data to accelerate their digital lab transformation. With best-in-class SaaS performance, a team of industry innovators, and excellent product/market fit, Tetra is positioned to become an iconic life sciences software company.

You will start as a Data Engineer in our Delivery team, owning the prototype and implementation of a customer solution. Responsibilities will include:

  • Research and prototype data acquisition strategy for scientific lab instrumentation
  • Research and prototype file parsers for instrument output files (.xlsx, .pdf, .txt, .raw, .fid, many other vendor binaries)
  • Design and build data models
  • Design and build Python data pipelines, unit tests, integration tests, and utility functions
  • Build visualization, report and dashboards using Spotfire, Tableau, Jupyter notebook and etc.
  • Work with the customer to test and make sure the solution fulfills their requirements and solves their need
  • Coordinate project kickoff meetings; manage the customer relationship throughout the project; and conduct formal project closeout meetings
  • Facilitate internal project post-mortems to identify areas of improvement on the next implementation


During this process, you will work with the Delivery team lead to provide detailed estimates for the number of billable hours per implementation; manage implementation scope, and transform the technical spec into Agile user stories and technical tickets; develop sprint cadence plan for completing the project. You will maintain a project budget to drive decisions and ensure on-time, on-budget, and on-scope delivery. You will also communicate very closely with the rest of the Delivery team, product management and engineering team to identify potential improvements to the Tetra Data Platform.

As you gain experience as a Data Engineer, you can...

  • Take on larger projects that have a more complicated scope and continue to grow as a data engineer.
  • Take on more platform and product features and continue to grow into a software engineer.


  • Proficient with Python and SQL
  • Passionate about science and building solutions to make the data more accessible to the end users


  • Elasticsearch, science background or experience with scientific instruments
  • Experience with tools like Spotfire, Tableau, Jupyter notebook (any of them)
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in chemistry, biology, computer science, statistics, public health, etc.
  • Excellent communications skills, attention to details, and the confidence to take control of project delivery
  • Quickly understand a highly technical product and effectively communicate with product management and engineering
  • Strong project, account management, and proactive problem-solving skills
  • High-bandwidth: thrives when managing multiple simultaneous projects
  • Intellectually curious: Unwavering drive to learn and know more every day
  • Ability to think creatively on how to solve projects risks without reducing quality
  • Team player and ability to "roll up your sleeves" and do what it takes to make the team successful


  • Competitive Salary and equity in a fast growing company
  • Supportive, team oriented culture of continuous improvement.
  • 100% employer paid benefits for all eligible employees and immediately family members.
  • 401K
  • Generous paid time off (PTO)
  • Flexible working arrangements - Remote work + Boston office as needed

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.