Software Engineer, Developer Productivity

Published date Posted on Indeed on Nov 17, 2021 (20 d ago)
Over the coming years, biotech will fundamentally rewrite the way we live. Gene editing and cell therapy are dramatically changing how we treat cancer and other major illnesses. Biofuels and biomaterials are transforming the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the makeup of everyday objects. Crop science and synthetic biology are producing sustainable and ethical food. Benchling’s mission is to accelerate the research that propels us towards this reality, and magnify its impact, through modern software.
Every day, scientists around the world use Benchling’s applications, platform, & analytics in their efforts to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. For these scientists, Benchling is the central technology they use to conduct their research. Our customers include pharmaceutical giants, leading biotechs, and the world’s most renowned research institutes.
Benchling’s customers use several of our applications including Notebook, Registry, Inventory, Workflows, Lab Automation, Insights and Molecular Biology, along with many more customer specific integrations using our Developer Platform APIs to deeply integrate Benchling in to their business critical scientific research programs. A highly responsive, performant and scalable platform is critical to our mission to “Accelerate Innovation on the Life Sciences R&D Cloud”. We are looking for an experienced Developer Productivity Engineer who will help develop and execute a multi-year vision and roadmap to measure and scale our capabilities and culture around performance.
If you are to graduate with your Bachelor's or Master's degree in class of 2021-2022, please consider applying to our Software Engineer, New Graduate position here.


As Benchling’s business and team growth accelerates, we are growing our investments in the foundations for scaling the engineering teams and organization. The Developer Productivity team’s mission is to enable engineers at Benchling to build and iterate on new and existing scientific domains with high quality, security and velocity.

The Developer Productivity team holistically understands and improves the quality and velocity of our engineering development. The team owns the development environment, tools and experience that each engineer at Benchling uses multiple times a day. We develop the test infrastructure and development frameworks used by all engineers. The team identifies and invests in modernizing the technologies and frameworks used at Benchling.

In the past, our monolith has served us well. At 100+ engineers & growing, we are investing in modularizing the monolith into separate services with clear domain models, service ownership and seamlessly discoverable APIs. These services will have clear boundaries, allowing teams to have full ownership over their systems and long-term charter. We believe this is critical to building deep competencies and maintaining a culture of agency, autonomy and innovation. The Developer Productivity team is the primary driver for this multi-year initiative.


  • Work with a team of experienced and passionate engineers who make developer experience their first priority
  • Foster and grow an inclusive and customers-first culture within the team and in the engagements with the broader organization
  • Build relationships with developers across all of our teams to understand their needs and define projects to fulfill those needs
  • Collaborate cross-functionally, to develop and execute a multi-year technical strategy on modularizing our monolith
  • Partner, collaborate and align with adjacent architectural initiatives and roadmaps on Platform and Infrastructure teams on Multi-tenancy and Microservices architecture
  • Identify opportunities to streamline interfaces and collaborations across product development and operational initiatives


  • 4+ years of working in Applications, Platform or Frontend infrastructure organizations
  • Are passionate about developer experience
  • Are results driven and pragmatic
  • Thrive in a collaborative and diverse environment involving different stakeholders and experts
  • Track record of quality and operational excellence
  • Deep understanding and experience with a modern web development stack (e.g. one of Python, Ruby, Java, Go on the backend; some of Typescript, React, GraphQL, on the front end)
  • Experience designing complex domain models, APIs and system architectures
  • Strong understanding of development environment, tools and workflows in distributed cloud computing, virtualization, and microservices architectures
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field
  • Apply for our Summer 2022 software engineering internship program here.
  • For new grads, class of 2021-2022, who are seeking a full time position after graduation, please apply to our Software Engineer, New Graduate position here.
Benchling welcomes everyone. We believe every member of our team enriches our diversity and inclusion by broadening our ways of problem-solving for future challenges. Even if you don't meet 100% of the qualifications for this job, we strongly encourage you to apply.
  • Admit mistakes and shortcomings
  • Deliver results
  • Disagree and commit
  • Obsess over customers
  • Rely on work ethic
  • Show empathy
  • Recruit and develop the best
  • Sweat the details
  • Think and communicate clearly
  • Unite around the mission
  • Work with a talented yet humble team
  • Competitive compensation & equity package
  • Weekly virtual social events, and annual company retreats
  • 401k, Medical, dental, and vision insurance (US Employees Only)
  • Monthly health & wellness stipend
  • Yearly educational stipend
  • Flexible & Generous Vacation Policy: If you feel you need a break, you can talk directly with your manager to find coverage and support while you are out of the office. Need time off to vote? We've got you covered.
  • Quarterly company-wide mental health days off
  • Holiday Shut-down: company-wide holiday shut-down between Christmas Eve and New Years
  • Major US and EMEA holidays observed
  • To support remote work conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Benchling provides each employee a one-time stipend of $1,000(USD) upon commencing employment, and additional discounted employee purchase plans for home-office equipment.
In following best practices and safety protocols, all Benchling employees are expected to work remotely until we are further advised that it is safe for employees to resume work in their respective office locations.

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