Senior Software Engineer, Lab Automation

Redwood City, California, United States Full-time

Synthego is building an automated facility that ties together custom scientific instrumentation, industrial automation, and laboratory data management to truly enable genome engineering at scale. To do so, our design team combines engineering with the sciences to solve problems that no one discipline could tackle alone.

Currently, we are seeking a Senior Software Engineer specialized in Lab Automation to join our team and help bring genome engineering solutions to the world through robotics and automation. At Synthego, you’ll deliver factory-wide automation solutions for Synthego’s growing portfolio of custom and off-the-shelf robotic liquid handling platforms. Your work will span from the lowest level sensor drivers to the highest level automation tools that orchestrate our facility’s cloud-enabled molecular biology lab.


What You'll Do


  • Develop middleware abstraction layers to integrate off-the-shelf robot and automation platforms under a common software framework
  • Provide scalable solutions to instrumentation software integration problems in an automated factory
  • Deliver stable solutions to empower an automated factory operating around the clock
  • Lead the integration of new instrument technologies from requirements gathering to production on factory floor


About You


  • BS in Computer Science 4+ years experience or MS/PhD 2+ years experience
  • Experience integrating off-the-shelf lab instruments/solutions using manufacturer supplied libraries
  • Familiarity with Win32 development
  • Fluent with Python, and comfortable with the Linux Command Line
  • Comfortable integrating software with electromechanical and pneumatic systems 
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative start-up environment


Nice to Have


  • Experience with developing real-time control systems using Industrial PCs and/or PLCs
  • Experience with modern web application frameworks such as Django
  • Experience building machine control and diagnostic web UIs
  • Interested in designing solutions under an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) framework
  • Motion control experience
  • Experience with embedded C or C++
  • Experience with biomedical instrumentation


Company Perks & Benefits


  • Competitive salary
  • Generous equity at an early stage company
  • Robust medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401k Plan
  • 4x daily Shuttle bus to & from San Francisco (more locations to come)
  • Fully stocked kitchen and snacks
  • Free catered lunches and dinners
  • Onsite Machine Shop




Synthego’s vision is to turn biology into an information science, with the ultimate goal of dramatically extending the healthy human lifespan.

Synthego builds advanced bioinformatics and automated hardware platforms to create next-generation molecular biology tools, starting with full-stack genome engineering.

These world-class tools accelerate basic scientific discovery, critical disease cures and novel synthetic biology applications to improve and prolong life.


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