VP of Engineering in Operations

Redwood City, California, United States Full-time

Synthego is looking for a VP of Engineering in Operations to join our team and help create the world’s first fully automated cloud-enabled high throughput biology and cell engineering lab.

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




Lead and manage a diverse set of engineering groups within the Operations team that include Facility Software, Commercial Software, and Facility Hardware.


  • Lead a Facility Software team in the development and deployment of software to run all of our instrumentation and 24/7 facility. This includes all proprietary and off-the-shelf hardware.
  • Manage Facility Software on all projects related to monitoring, scheduling, optimization, analysis and KPI’s.
  • Manage our Commercial Software team in the development and deployment of customized and third party software for selling all products and services. Manage a team that oversees our web store and Integration of that store with all other in-house systems including ERP, MRP, CRM and others.
  • Build and manage customer facing software tools



  • Lead a Hardware Engineering team in the development, prototyping, fabrication and maintenance of all hardware needed to run our 24/7 automated manufacturing facility.
  • Design and build custom developed instrumentation. Work with contract manufacturers on the timely, cost-effective fabrication of this hardware.
  • Integrate 3rd party instrumentation. Work with VP of Manufacturing Operations and Executive team to specify and plan overall manufacturing instrumentation plan.





  • Work with a separate R&D team at Synthego to deliver the introduction of new products and services through the final stages of a robust and efficient NPI process into fully operational environment.





  • Engineering Program Management - Ensure that all projects are delivered in a timely, cost effective manner utilizing Agile practices and best in class project management
  • Manage budgets and assure program delivery across a broad spectrum of complex program initiatives
  • Support key root cause investigations and implement corrective and preventative actions
  • Operate under the ISO13485 environment




  • 10+ years running engineering projects
  • Deep understanding of automation systems, mechanical and control principles and automation software
  • Posses a start-up mentality
  • Experience with Python, JavaScript, Django, AngularJS, NoSQL, RDBMS as well as other languages and platforms. Fluency with multiple environments including Linux.
  • Experience with SolidWorks, P&ID and other platforms necessary to lead Hardware Engineering projects
  • Experience managing Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems projects
  • Experience working with or at an automated manufacturing facility
  • BS/MS/PhD in engineering discipline such as Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering


Bonus Qualifications


  • Experience in chemistry or biology applications
  • Familiarity with genome engineering


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




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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