Senior Product Engineer (Tech Lead)
We're looking for intellectually curious and highly capable problem solvers to join our Product Engineering team.
Good products are hard to make. They require compassion for impatient users with work to do. They require careful tradeoffs between many features that would all be great to have. They require taking ambiguous, complex problems and turning them into simple, coherent features that make users feel smart and capable.
Synthace's users are scientists in laboratories using robots to do experiments that humans are physically not capable of doing. Our users are working on next generation drugs and treatments to help cure illnesses that today's medicines can't cure. Cancer. Alzheimer's. Human DNA manipulation. With our software, our users do biological experiments at a scale that literally has never existed. If we help them succeed, we get to help make the world better in very concrete terms. If that sounds like a problem space that you want to work in, let's chat!
At Synthace, we're building a full-stack product development team. We believe that the best product developers want to be in control of the server-side logic. They want to define their own APIs. They want to work with backend engineers and UI designers in a very collaborative way to ensure the product is the best it can be. Usability and coherence are our current obsessions. We're making complex science as simple as possible for everyone at every level of technical expertise, including the most reluctant user.
So, yes, we're looking for someone senior. But 'senior' isn't the number of years on your CV. Senior isn't a title or a LinkedIn profile or a birthright. 'Senior,' to us, is when someone has that special mixture of being very good technically, having a constant urge to learn and grow, and being very good at picking the right work to do. 'Senior' is someone who instinctively figures out the critical path between where we are now and where we need to be. 'Senior' is also the person who then rolls up their sleeves and helps get us there.
We believe that a lot of great people are potentially in one of two situations. Either they're stuck working on standard products and applications, not necessarily being challenged technically or given opportunities to push themselves; or perhaps they're at a company with complex problems to figure out, but they’re wondering how that work is contributing to making the world a better place. Yes, many people are happy being in one or both of these places, but we're looking for those who yearn for, and are indeed capable of much, much more. We want to bring a group of exceptional people together to do the most important work of the company. We think that might include you.
Our bar is high. We are hiring the best and/or the most promising engineers, but culture matters significantly. We want to bring together a set of open, supportive, focused, highly competent engineers to create a product that our users will demand more of. Our current team is a mixture of tech industry veterans with experience at companies like Deliveroo, Bloomberg, Facebook, and Monzo. Our product team is much more diverse than most teams and we're super keen to keep it that way. We believe deeply that a diverse team creates better products.
Our tech stack is TypeScript, React, TypeORM, Postgres, GraphQL, and NodeJS (with a smattering of legacy Golang), but we believe that smart people can learn a new stack easily. If you don't already know these technologies, but you're keen to, that works for us. We're looking for people with experience building good products first and people who know our specific tech second.
So, if you're a bit obsessive about doing high quality work. If you believe that understanding the user and delivering the right product is more important than literally everything else. If you want to join a team of people united behind a mission of building products that make biology work better for the entire world, get in touch!
Why work at Synthace?
- Work with genuinely extraordinary people
- Open, collaborative, and friendly culture
- Challenging, groundbreaking and exciting work
- Chance to be a part of the 'fourth industrial revolution', helping us to create tools and systems that allow scientists to do things like cure Cancer faster!
Salary: £80k-£120k depending on experience
This advert is part of a rolling recruitment programme that will run from 4th September 2019 until 31st December 2019.