Engineering at Synthace

We put our trust in you to solve hard challenges together with an inspiring, friendly team of colleagues.

By joining our Engineering team you will be directly helping to build Synthace - our groundbreaking software platform that is revolutionizing biological research. In turn, you will be contributing to improved research techniques that make a difference to scientists working on cures for diseases such as cancer!

You don’t need to have a background in biology, as we have scientists to help you on that front. 

What we do need you to have is a curious mindset and a drive to solve problems.

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What is Synthace?

In many ways, you can think of Synthace as a kind of visual IDE for Life Science, with visual representations of different lab processes. The user can drag and drop these process representations into place, and connect them to build workflows.

Synthace allows processes that were previously highly manual and time-consuming to be automated and linked into executable workflows that are reliable, shareable and scalable.

Existing interfaces for robotic liquid handlers and other devices can be complex, making it difficult for researchers to use without the help of specialist engineers. With our intuitive visual UI, we’re democratizing the use of automation equipment in labs, making it easier for anyone to build them into their experiments.

DNA Assembly Workflow

Synthace allows the user to run simulations of the experiment workflows, showing where the robots will move the liquids, and what the resulting mixtures in each plate well will contain.

Once the user is comfortable that everything is correct, the workflow is converted into a set of instructions for the robotic lab equipment to carry out.

All of this drives vast improvements in the ease, speed, cost and reliability of experiments, enhancing productivity for any bioscience.

Screenshot of Antha simulation example

Engineering culture

We’re solving interesting - and hard - technical challenges

We have a very high technical bar, which is reflected in our thorough interview process. We feel it’s worth it though, as you would be joining an inspiring, amazing, friendly team of people who share knowledge with each other. all. the. time!

You don’t need to have a background in biology!

If you get excited by solving interesting technical problems and have a thirst for ongoing development you'll fit right in.

We've brought together a team of highly skilled and collaborative software engineers and lab scientists from leading tech companies and start-ups (Google, Facebook, etc. as well as people who have worked for more niche companies while authoring software such as RabbitMQ!).

We're moving out of our start-up phase, extending our platform by building and refining new features to meet the needs of our rapidly growing customer base, and making the product even more user friendly.

Synthace office - sofas and reading area

What would you be working on?

We’ve provided a high level breakdown of some of the teams to show how and where you could be making a difference.

  • Core Platform: Back End

  • Core Interfaces: Front End / Full Stack / Design

  • Core Services: Back End / Infrastructure / Platform

  • Data: Back End / Front End / Full Stack / Bioinformatics

  • SRE: Automation / Tooling / Deployment

Synthace office - Lauren whiteboarding

Our Tech Stack

As previously mentioned, we take a ‘right tool for the job approach’ and will continue to review our tech stack as appropriate.

We don’t need you to be an expert in these languages and frameworks - we’ve only included them here for transparency, as you’d be using them when you join us.

  • Back End: Go, Kubernetes, Docker, Google Cloud Platform, Google Data Store, Postgres, GraphQL

  • Front End / Full Stack: TypeScript, JavaScript, React.js, Node.js

  • Lab Automation: .Net Core, C#, ASP.Net

  • Bioinformatics: Python, BLAST, R, PANDAS/NumPy/SciPy, SAS/JMP

  • SRE / DevOps: Kapitan, Terraform, Docker, Kubernetes, Drone, Spinnaker, Splunk, Snyk

Synthace lab - Golang Gopher with laptop

Are you a potential Synthace engineer?

  • Do you have an inbuilt curiosity and a drive to continue learning?

  • Do you like solving problems and finding better ways of doing things?

  • Are you skilled in at least 1-2 commonly used languages?

  • Do you take pride in writing clean, well documented code?

  • Do you take a ‘right tool for the job’ approach, thinking about solutions first and tech second?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the majority of these, it’s probably worth getting in touch with us. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have so that you can decide whether this could be the right move for you.

Synthace office - Engineer - Shama

Our offer to you

  • Work with inspiring, friendly colleagues

  • Solve interesting - and hard - technical challenges that contribute to a groundbreaking software platform

  • Make a positive difference to the world - help scientists to speed up research into areas such as cures for Cancer

  • See how your work has an impact with feedback from end users

  • Work in cross-functional teams where you’ll have license to just ‘get on with things’, while being able to ask for support if needed (there are no silly questions)

  • Have your voice heard - be part of ongoing discussions, with open and honest feedback in an environment of trust

  • Ongoing learning opportunities (101 sessions, lunch & learn, budget for courses/conferences where appropriate, etc.)

Synthace office - discussion on Bleachers - Nuno, Arne, Martin

Current openings

To register your interest in joining the team at Synthace, head over to the current openings section on our careers page.