Collaboration and data management platform for life science research.

Experienced Software Engineer - L at Benchling

San Francisco or Boston
Job Type
11+ years
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About the role

We are seeking a few Experienced Software Engineers with extensive backgrounds in one or more of the following:

Large-scale distributed and backend systems development Development of enterprise-grade capabilities e.g. identity, permissions, data access and collaboration Large-scale data ingestion, data modeling, and data management platforms Extensible application interfaces and complex user experiences


As a very experienced technical individual contributor, you will work closely with our senior engineering and technical leaders. Although you will be at one of our highest levels of seniority in our career matrix, all individual contributors at Benchling are Software Engineers. This means we expect you to be hands on with other engineers and contributing code. We expect Experienced Software Engineers to spend more of their time:

Defining technical designs for major areas of the stack Architecting systems to support continuous growth in the business and product capabilities Helping shape business tradeoffs related to key technical decisions Implementing portions of the system and guiding others in their implementation Mentoring other engineers and being a major multiplier across the team


You have at least 10 years of relevant experience in software engineering. You have served as a technical leader for a team or collection of teams. You have experience driving the technology roadmap for new product or platform initiatives through a deep understanding of customer use cases. You have strong communication and collaboration skills. You’ve worked cross-functionally with a diverse group of people with different expertise, aligning multiple stakeholders on a long-term vision. You hold an unrelentingly high bar for quality in the systems and products for which you’re responsible. With empathy, you mentor engineers across all levels.

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.

Our Values

  • Empower through information. We explain the “why” behind every decision, unless there are highly sensitive circumstances. We're honest about how we're doing, especially in difficult times. We believe that sharing information builds trust and enables better decision-making.
  • Rely on tenacity. Hard work is one of the greatest factors to determine success and is fully under our control. We must make the most of every day by bringing the highest level of determination. Dreaming big is not enough.
  • Raise the bar. Pushing ourselves and others to improve will be uncomfortable and at times result in failure. However, it's critical to our success. We're dedicated to creating a place where everyone feels challenged to improve.
  • Build a lever. We choose to build tools and infrastructure that will help others make world-changing innovations. There's less glory in it, but in the words of Archimedes, "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."