Senior Infrastructure Engineer

Job description

About Opentrons

Life-science holds the solutions to some of the toughest problems facing the globe, issues spanning from health and medicine to food, manufacturing, and the environment. But our pace of biotech innovation is not fast enough to keep up with the need for solutions. We need to accelerate if we are to rise to the challenges that confront us.

Biologists are held back by the need to run their experiments by hand. Manual pipetting is a tedious, error-prone process, and it is slowing down science. We believe biologists should be free of monotonous labwork and the repetitive stress injuries that come with it. They should be able to spend their time designing experiments and analyzing data, moving us closer to scientific understanding and the world-changing technologies that follow.

That’s why Opentrons makes robots for biologists that are 10-100x cheaper and easier to use than any lab automation before. Our robots automate experiments that would otherwise be done by hand so our users can spend less time pipetting and more time pursuing answers to the 21st century’s most important questions.

Opentrons’ robotics are in use in over 40 countries around the world and have been adopted by top-tier institutions like Stanford, Harvard, Merck, and Roche. Opentrons is VC-backed with investors including Khosla Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Y Combinator.

In addition to our robotics platform, Opentrons Engineering also builds technology for our lab services business. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of leading experts came together to launch the Pandemic Response Lab (PRL) which was announced by NYC’s Mayor de Blasio in August 2020. As the world reopens, we recognize the need for fast, accurate and widespread testing and are building out lab services to support that.

About the role

The Senior Infrastructure Engineer will be responsible for our infrastructure across both lines of business and multiple regions. The software teams at Opentrons play a key role in achieving the success of our lofty mission: building flexible lab robotics AND delivering fast and accurate diagnostic test results.

The ideal candidate has strong opinions (loosely held) about the architecture, design, and approach to building modern, maintainable software solutions, and is eager to deliver those solutions in a mission-critical environment.


Take primary responsibility for the cloud infrastructure.
Partner with the rest of software engineering to build resilient and observable systems.
Implement effective solutions to manage cost.
Develop access policies for users and systems with a least-privilege mentality.
Proactively help unblock teammates.
Communicate across departments and manage stakeholder needs.
Help triage and solve tricky bugs when teammates need assistance.
Collaboratively plan for and build toward long-term goals, including architectural and other design decisions that will have wide-reaching impact.

Minimum Qualifications:

6+ years experience of working on highly available, distributed systems.
Strong software engineering skills and fundamentals.
Excitement to work in a small, multi-disciplinary team.
Experience writing well-tested, resilient applications.
Interest in biology and an eagerness to learn.

Extra Qualifications:

Contributions or active maintenance of open-source software.
Experience maintaining CI/CD pipelines on cloud environments.
Biology and/or wet lab experience.

Join a fast paced HAX portfolio company and be part of one of the largest hard tech communities in the world.

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