Unlocking the power of biotech with modern software for modern science

Lead Product Designer

San Francisco / Remote
Job Type
6+ years
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About the role

Biotechnology is rewriting life as we know it, from the medicines we take, to the crops we grow, the materials we wear, and the household goods that we rely on every day. Biotech R&D is radically transforming our world, but moving at the new speed of science requires better technology.

Benchling’s mission is to unlock the power of biotechnology. The world’s most innovative biotech companies use Benchling’s R&D Cloud to power the development of breakthrough products and accelerate time to milestone and market.

Come help us bring modern software to modern science.


The Product Design team at Benchling is committed to building user experiences that support the scientists who are solving the world’s most important problems. Our work has a direct impact on making scientific workflows more efficient while improving the quality of that research—ultimately helping to drive the biotech revolution.


As the Lead Product Designer, you'll guide a team in designing for the premier platform in biotech R&D. You will work closely with customers, cross-functional partners and the extended Product Management and Engineering team to bring simplicity, extensibility and consistency to the Benchling user experience.

An ideal fit for this team will be able to balance customer needs and priorities with the goals of our internal R&D team to deliver highly consistent, delightful user experiences at scale.


Work with Product Management and Engineering teams to define product strategy, scope, and prioritization Work through product problems from definition and opportunity to shipping features to our customers Design and prototype multiple ideas quickly, sometimes with customers, to validate product directions Own the design for high-impact initiatives from research through implementation Mentor and grow designers and researchers on your team, helping them to develop and refine their skills Contribute to developing a culture of design in a company that recognizes user experience as a key differentiator ABOUT YOU

Extensive experience driving the design of software products, ideally SaaS, while maintaining a relentless focus on the customer A strong portfolio of relevant design work that conveys an ability to ship successful products A track record of working with and affinity for highly complex product architectures Strong communication skills and ability to explain the reasoning behind complex decisions Experience contributing to a design system for complex software products Experience working with Product Management and Engineering teams in a fast-moving environment

Why you should join Benchling

Benchling is building a platform for cutting-edge life science research: gene therapy, cellular immunotherapy, synthetic biology, etc. Our mission is to accelerate research and magnify its impact by bringing modern software to this historically underserved space.

Research today means disparate tools, manual data entry, and lots of Excel and paper. We provide an integrated platform for designing and running experiments, analyzing data, and sharing results. Scientists are able to work faster, while organizations can collect and tap into their vast institutional knowledge for the first time.

About the Team Benchling was founded in 2013 by a team of MIT graduates and has since raised funding from investors that include Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and Thrive Capital. Our team of 300 includes former Salesforce executives, tech industry veterans from Google, Facebook, Palantir, and Twitter, and biology PhDs from UCSF and Harvard. We hire people who love learning and learn quickly - building tools for science requires a scientific mindset.

Our engineering team of nearly 100 is growing quickly. We're looking for engineers who thrive on teamwork, crave ownership and impact, and are driven to make a dent in our space.

Team Size:700
Location:San Francisco
Sajith Wickramasekara
Sajith Wickramasekara