Senior Software Engineer, Instruments

Redwood City, California, United States Full-time

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our team and help create the world’s first fully automated cloud-enabled molecular biology lab.

This position will own numerous projects, help build the tools and systems to enable industrial-scale molecular biology research, and bring automation to genome engineering.



  • Collaborate in design and bring-up of electromechanical systems
  • Develop highly functional software to interface with scientist instrumentation and hardware
  • Provide solutions to hardware/software integration problems in a robotics factory automation context
  • Optimize and contribute new features to our internal technology stack



  • 4+ years software development experience
  • Fluent with Python
  • Fluent with Git Version Control, Hierarchical design, and object-oriented programming
  • Fluent with Linux Command Line
  • Familiarity with Win32
  • Comfortable debugging and interfacing with electromechanical and pneumatic systems
  • Experience with Sensor Calibration and Experiment Design
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative start-up environment


Bonus Qualifications

  • Familiarity with LTI Control Systems
  • Familiarity with Single Board Computers
  • Experience with SolidWorks
  • Experience with Design for Manufacturing
  • Experience with embedded Linux systems
  • Experience with embedded system design
  • Previous experience in Biotech


Company Perks & Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous equity at an early stage company
  • Robust medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401k Plan
  • Fully stocked kitchen and snacks
  • Free catered lunches and dinners
  • Onsite Machine Shop




Synthego is turning molecular biology into an information science. We're building hardware facilities that abstract biological syntheses and research into software.

Our vision is to bring automation to genome engineering, enabling scientists to run their own fully-automated laboratory at low cost, performing millions of controlled, repeatable experiments per day without human error.

Founded by former SpaceX engineers, Synthego is a leading provider of genome engineering solutions.  The company’s flagship product, CRISPRevolution, is a portfolio of synthetic RNA designed for CRISPR genome editing and research.

We are venture backed by Founders Fund, Menlo Ventures, 8VC, and WI Harper. 


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