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Staff Software Engineer

Seqera Labs

Seqera Labs

Software Engineering
Barcelona, Spain
Posted on Friday, June 9, 2023
Seqera is the leading provider of workflow orchestration software enabling collaborative data analysis at scale. Our mission is to empower scientists everywhere with foundational software for collaborative data analysis.
A better world through accelerated scientific discovery.
In the coming years, biotech will profoundly reshape the way we live. Gene editing and cell therapy are already bringing dramatic changes in how we treat cancer and other major illnesses. The use of biofuels and biomaterials is transforming the very essence of the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the composition of everyday objects. Advancements in crop science and synthetic biology are fostering the development of sustainable and ethical food sources.
At Seqera, our mission is to empower scientists to solve today's most complex and important challenges – from pioneering innovative therapeutics to unveiling the secrets of our universe. Our journey began with Nextflow — open software that helps over 100,000 global scientists to analyze and process data correctly, with more power and flexibility than ever before. Seqera equips scientists with modern software development tools to conduct science faster, on larger datasets, and with more confidence. We accelerate discoveries in an open world.
Our products are used for some of the most important work on the planet, including developing personalized immunogenic vaccines, new diagnostics, ML-based image processing, and pathogenic surveillance. For more information on Seqera, visit http://seqera.io or check our tech stack here: https://github.com/seqeralabs
*Please Note that LinkedIn requires us to list a specific location. This is a full-time position - Senior level.#LI-Remote: EU (Spain, UK or Portugal)
About the role
We seek a Staff Software Engineer who will be instrumental in consolidating and improving the development and scalability of our software systems. The right individual will have a solid understanding of software design principles, distributed systems, security, and the ability to mentor junior and medium developers.
This role involves designing and overseeing the implementation of our key software products both on cloud platform and enterprise customers: the engineer should be able to build the product while preserving the easiness of deployment and the reliability for customers’ on premises installations.
In addition, this role is responsible for driving technical innovation within the company and ensuring our systems are reliable, secure, and scalable. The successful candidate has a product-oriented development background and can effectively collaborate with product, DevOps, and other areas of engineering (QA, Security, Compute, Engineering Productivity).
Our tech stack includes Groovy/Java, Gradle, Docker, Kubernetes (EKS), Terraform, Go (Golang), Github Actions, Bash, Harbor. Plus we deploy in AWS (VPC, EC2, ECR, Batch).

What You’ll Do

  • Design and extend current architecture for both frontend and backend, fostering innovation and teams’ mentorship
  • Define inbound and outbound communication patterns for our products: assess current API design and extend it with new features by maintaining consistency and backward compatibility
  • Lead the technical conversation with other stakeholders and help teams to have a reliable milestone definition based on product requirements
  • Assess and oversee feature designs built by engineering teams
  • Maintain internal documentation for engineers up to date and build a healthy pipeline for new technical onboardings
  • Improve product technology with an iterative process and a strong experimentation mindset
  • Help in defining key measurements for developer productivity, and work with the engineering teams to constantly improve our developer experience.
  • Help in the execution of the technical roadmap by identifying technical debt or outdated components.

About you

  • Cloud expertise: Deep understanding of cloud architecture and service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) with experience in at least one major cloud platform like AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
  • Architecture design: Experience designing, implementing, and managing secure, scalable, and reliable cloud applications.
  • Programming languages: Proficiency in multiple programming languages such as Java, Python, JavaScript, and modern frameworks such as Spring Boot, Micronaut, Django, FastAPI for backend and React, Angular
  • Software Architectures: Knowledge of designing different architectures and proven track of implementing these based on requirements and technical needs
  • DevOps and CI/CD: Understanding of DevOps principles, and experience with continuous integration and deployment using tools
  • Database expertise: Experience with relational database technologies such as MySQL or Postgres and database migration strategies. Proven track of scalable data model design: knowledge of NOSQL, analytical/OLAP database experience is a plus.
  • Containers and orchestration: Experience with containerization technologies like Docker and orchestration tools such as Kubernetes.
  • Security: Knowledge of cloud security best practices, standards, and industry regulations.
  • Observability: Experience in distributed monitoring and log aggregation: usage of metrics to identify regressions or long tailed inconsistencies detection
  • Certifications: Certifications in cloud platforms (such as AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Google Professional Cloud Architect, Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert, etc.) are preferred.
  • Soft Skills:
  • Leadership: As a technical leader, the staff engineer should be able to make decisions based on requirements or infrastructure changes and communicate these properly to the engineering teams. You should be considered as the reference point for high-level technical decisions and should be seen as a mentor for current and upcoming technical changes
  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, capable of explaining complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Collaboration: Ability to work effectively in diverse teams, fostering a collaborative and respectful environment and allowing teams to be independent in the boundaries of the chosen architecture
  • Strategic thinking: Ability to align software solutions with organizational business goals: it’s fundamental for this position to have a forward thinking mindset and to adapt to other stakeholders and customers’ needs
  • Nice-to-have:
  • Experience in healthcare, life science, or other enterprise software, technology, or SaaS companies in similar fields.
Why join us?
By learning from and with each other, we ensure our ability to drive innovation and make better decisions toward our mission. Most importantly, our culture provides a genuinely fun, inclusive, and challenging environment that will allow you to grow while making a huge difference in human health and beyond.
What will you find working at Seqera?
- Flexible working hours, and remote-friendly culture.
- International working environment with more than 25 nationalities.
- Passionate & talented team.
- Continuous skills development.
- Team retreats and bonding activities.
- A culture where your opinion is valued and your decisions have a real impact on the industry.
- Excitement of a fast-growing startup in a constantly changing environment.
Great benefits
- Time off: holidays in accordance with the local legislation + 3 days given by Seqera in December of 2023, and the national/public holidays according to your location.
- Equity
- Private health insurance
- Private life insurance
- Home office allowance (valued over 1,000 USD)
- Subscription to Oliva, Mental Health App
- Learning and development budget per year (1,000 USD)
You should know
Seqera is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. However you identify or whatever your journey to this point, we welcome all candidates to apply for the position that inspires them. Come join us and help us build a global company that everyone is proud to be part of.
As we scale, we constantly improve our in-office and WFH environments and learn to help everyone have the best setup for our company's success and your personal development, while always keeping the human touch in every aspect of our lives.