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Full Stack Software Engineer - Scientific Pipelines - Insitro

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Job Title
Full Stack Software Engineer - Scientific Pipelines
Job Location
South San Francisco, CA
Job Description

The Opportunity

At insitro, we are trying to greatly increase the success rate of drug development by combining human biology, lab automation, and machine learning, at scale.

Central to insitro's thesis is our ability to integrate rich datasets across modalities. From live cell imaging to single-cell RNA sequencing to DNA encoded libraries, insitro generates a diverse and ever growing torrent of data. Our team, Scientific Pipelines, develops the foundation of data pipelines that transform that torrent into the actionable datasets driving our target and drug discovery efforts.

In this role, you will democratize access to our data through tools that enable exploration and empower our scientists to design their next experiments, creating tight feedback loops back to the lab. To achieve this, you’ll partner directly with scientists and engineers to design and build a cohesive suite of data explorers that integrate seamlessly with our LIMS and data pipelining systems.

What you’ll do day to day:

  • Ship stuff that makes our scientists say “this is amazing, thank you so much!”
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with folks from our machine learning, automation, and biology groups
  • Directly shape our roadmap for empowering scientists
  • Shape our early-ish engineering culture with your ideas and experience
  • All the normal SWE stuff: write code, write and review design docs, talk to collaborators, and do code reviews
  • Ultimately you’ll move the needle in a meaningful way for insitro and the field of medicine

Examples of projects you will be working on:

  • Build an interconnected suite of target exploration tools that allow scientists to triage gene targets across our therapeutic areas based on the data we generate and ingest
  • Expose our microscopy images and machine learning derived features to both wet- and dry-lab scientists
  • Design intuitive workflows that allow scientists to navigate from the experiments they have designed and run to the downstream datasets and features we produced

In return, we will support you by:

  • Placing a high degree of trust in your ideas and execution
  • Bringing you up to speed in the domain of drug development
  • Strive to provide a low-stress work environment
  • Making ourselves available for collaboration
  • Caring about you as a whole person - not a resource
  • Being a well funded startup with conservative runway

About you:

  • You have 5+ years of experience as a professional software engineer with 3+ years of front end experience
  • You’re eager to ship work that makes a difference to scientists and ultimately patients
  • You feel comfortable reasoning about the tradeoffs between quality and speed when building in a startup environment
  • You’re familiar with the usual SWE things: AWS (or GCP/Azure), relational databases, writing design docs, version control, doing code reviews, perfecting our slackmoji game
  • Bonus
    • Experience with biological data visualization (such as sequencing or microscopy) for medium sized datasets (100TB+)
    • Experience with our stack: AWS, FastAPI, SQLAlchemy, React, TypeScript, streamlit, PostgreSQL, Docker

Compensation & Benefits at insitro:

Our target starting salary for successful US-based applicants for this role is $150,000 - $200,000. To determine starting pay, we consider multiple job-related factors including a candidate’s skills, education and experience, market demand, business needs, and internal parity. We may also adjust this range in the future based on market data.

This role is eligible for participation in our Annual Performance Bonus Plan (based on company targets by role level and annual company performance) and our Equity Incentive Plan, subject to the terms of those plans and associated policies.

In addition, insitro also provides our employees:
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching for contributions
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage (insitro pays 100% of premiums for employees), as well as mental health and well-being support
  • Open, flexible vacation policy
  • Paid parental leave
  • Quarterly budget for books and online courses for self-development
  • Support to occasionally attend professional conferences that are meaningful to your career growth and development
  • New hire stipend for home office setup
  • Monthly cell phone & internet stipend
  • Access to free onsite baristas and cafe with daily lunch and breakfast
  • Access to free onsite fitness center
  • Commuter benefits
About insitro
insitro is a drug discovery and development company using machine learning (ML) and data at scale to decode biology for transformative medicines. At the core of insitro’s approach is the convergence of in-house generated multi-modal cellular data and high-content phenotypic human cohort data. We rely on these data to develop ML-driven, predictive disease models that uncover underlying biologic state and elucidate critical drivers of disease. These powerful models rely on extensive biological and computational infrastructure and allow insitro to advance novel targets and patient biomarkers, design therapeutics and inform clinical strategy. insitro is advancing a wholly owned and partnered pipeline of insights and therapeutics in neuroscience, oncology and metabolism. Since launching in 2018, insitro has raised over $700 million from top tech, biotech and crossover investors, and from collaborations with pharmaceutical partners. For more information on insitro, please visit

Insitro Headquarters Location

South San Francisco, CA

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Insitro Company Size

Between 200 - 500 employees

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Insitro Funding Rounds

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  • Series C

    $400,000,000 USD

  • Series B

    $143,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $100,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $100,000,000 USD