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Software Engineer, Full Stack (App Ecosystem)



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2024

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. 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.


Joining Benchling's Application Ecosystem team as a Software Engineer, you'll be instrumental in crafting, developing, and maintaining our innovative platform for scientific research and development. Working on a wide range of projects, you'll collaborate with teams across the company to build a growing application ecosystem, enabling developers to expand Benchling's suite of offerings. Your work will be vital in driving innovation, customization, and seamless integration of third-party solutions that empower scientists to achieve peak efficiency and make groundbreaking discoveries.


  • You will be involved in projects from conception through to completion. This includes participating in the initial design phase, helping to build prototypes, and supporting the large-scale rollout of software products.
  • Contribute to the design and architecture of robust APIs, user interfaces, services, and frameworks. These efforts are crucial for integrating new applications smoothly into our existing ecosystem.
  • Collaborate closely with product managers, designers, and fellow engineers to grasp user needs and convert them into practical, scalable software solutions.
  • play a key role in the rapid expansion of our products and team. This involves refining our tooling and engineering processes, as well as participating in the hiring process to help grow our team effectively.
  • Ensure the ecosystem's high quality and performance by assisting in comprehensive testing, monitoring, and optimization efforts to meet our high standards.

Check out our engineering blog for some examples of past work. Here are some other examples of recent and future projects happening across different teams:

  • Tools to simulate DNA assembly - computers can assist scientists by informing scientific decisions with complex calculations. Our bulk assembly tool allows scientists to simulate constructing hundreds of DNA constructs in parallel, visualizing the end result and highlighting potential issues.
  • Chemistry tools - we have focused primarily on biology and biotech for the last 5 years, but are just starting new initiatives to expand our tools to support chemists as well. This will involve modeling complex chemical reactions within Benchling, and is an opportunity to see a new product grow from the ground up.
  • Robot and machine integration - scientists are increasingly using automated hardware in the lab to perform measurements. By integrating Benchling with machines like liquid handlers, we are working towards a world where a scientist can perform a physical experiment entirely using software.


  • You have 2+ years of experience in software engineering.
  • Experience with contemporary web development technologies. This includes backend languages such as Python, Ruby, Java, or Go, and frontend frameworks like Typescript, React, or GraphQL. Your growing skills will contribute significantly to creating innovative and fluid web experiences.
  • Build software with a product-first approach. You ship code quickly and care about the real world impact of your code.
  • Possess strong abilities in problem solving and iterating on feedback.
  • Enjoy ownership and building key pieces of product.
  • Have a keen interest in delving deeper into life science. While prior knowledge isn’t a prerequisite, an enthusiasm to learn certainly is.


Benchling takes a market-based approach to pay. The candidate's starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, interview performance, and work location. For this role the base salary range is $134,385 to $181,815.

To help you determine which zone applies to your location, please see this resource. If you have questions regarding a specific location's zone designation, please contact a recruiter for additional information.

Total Compensation includes the following:
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Broad range of medical, dental, and vision plans for employees and their dependents
  • Fertility healthcare and family-forming benefits
  • Four months of fully paid parental leave
  • 401(k) + Employer Match
  • Commuter benefits for in-office employees and a generous home office set up stipend for remote employees
  • Mental health benefits, including therapy and coaching, for employees and their dependents
  • Monthly Wellness stipend
  • Learning and development stipend
  • Generous and flexible vacation
  • Company-wide Summer & Winter holiday shutdown
  • Sabbaticals for 5-year and 10-year anniversaries




Benchling welcomes everyone.

We believe diversity enriches our team so we hire people with a wide range of identities, backgrounds, and experiences.

We are an equal opportunity employer. That means we don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.