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Backend Software Engineer


Are you a proven software engineer who would like to be part of a team solving problems spanning software, hardware, and biology? We have a unique challenge for you!
Chai brings molecular diagnostics to the real world. Our rapid, easy-to-use Real-Time PCR solutions enable wide ranging applications, from helping breweries brew better beer, to the detection of foodborne pathogens, and even stopping the spread of COVID in schools and workplaces. Life science researchers in over 60 countries use our instruments and reagents in their research, and partners use our products to detect fraud, fight terrorism, and prevent hospital-acquired infections.
We're looking for a Backend Software Engineer to develop our device and cloud software. You'll play a key role on our engineering team, working closely with product management to develop new features and a cloud-based scientific application. You'll also partner with our hardware engineering team to develop the embedded realtime control software for our next generation of devices.

What You'll Do

  • Design and implement new web and embedded functionality from the ground up
  • Provide technical leadership, including selecting technologies and establishing system architecture
  • Take our qPCR analysis software to the next level by crafting the most capable and usable software on the market
  • Designing well-thought-out REST APIs and database schemas and consume REST services
  • Work with a diverse team including product managers, hardware & software engineers, research scientists, bioinformaticians, and designers to deliver sophisticated functionality

You Have

  • BS/MS in Computer Science or equivalent, with 4+ years hands-on software engineering experience, and ideally a mixture of embedded and cloud development
  • You have a deep understanding of computer science fundamentals and take pride in making the design simpler
  • You love using Amazon Web Services & microservices to quickly build scalable solutions, and know there's much more to AWS than S3 & EC2.
  • You're solid with modern backend frameworks like Ruby on Rails or Node.js, SQL & NoSQL databases, RESTful services, and Linux systems. You learn new things easily anyways.
  • You know or want to learn more about: C++, JavaScript, Angular, Embedded Linux, realtime control systems, TCP/IP networking, bioinformatics, DevOps, and how this all comes together to detect DNA.
  • You really care about quality, security, and maintainability.
  • You love mentoring more junior team members and teaching them what you’ve learned throughout your career.
  • You thrive in an environment that believes that prototypes speak louder than specs
  • A passion for our mission of growing the uses of biotechnology and impact of science, including improving human health and the environment

We Offer

  • Great compensation package including generous equity
  • Robust medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401(k) with match
  • Paid holidays and PTO
  • Fully stocked kitchen and catered weekly lunch
  • A chance to make your mark at a growing startup

About Chai

This is an on-site position in our Santa Clara office.
We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.
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