Staff Engineer, Data

Posted on Mar 02, 2023

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Job Details

Full Time
🌎 Worldwide

About BenchSci

BenchSci's vision is to help scientists bring novel medicine to patients 50% faster by 2025. We empower scientists to run more successful experiments with the world's most advanced, biomedical artificial intelligence software platform.

Backed by F-Prime, Inovia, Golden Ventures, and Google's AI fund, Gradient Ventures, we provide an indispensable tool for scientists that accelerates research at 16 top 20 pharmaceutical companies and over 4,300 leading academic centers. We're a certified Great Place to Work®, and top-ranked company on Glassdoor.

Our Culture:

BenchSci relentlessly builds on its strong foundation of culture. We put team members first, knowing that they're the organization's beating heart. We invest as much in our people as our products. Our culture fosters transparency, collaboration, and continuous learning.

We value each other's differences and always look for opportunities to embed equity into the fabric of our work. We foster diversity, autonomy, and personal growth, and provide resources to support motivated self-leaders in continuous improvement.

You will work with high-impact, highly skilled, and intelligent experts motivated to drive impact and fulfill a meaningful mission. We empower you to unleash your full potential, do your best work, and thrive. Here you will be challenged to stretch yourself to achieve the seemingly impossible. Learn more about our culture.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

We're committed to creating an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds can thrive. We believe that improving diversity, equity and inclusion is our collective responsibility, and this belief guides our DEI journey.

Accessibility Accommodations:

Should you require any accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Please reach out to

The Position

We are looking for a Staff Engineer to join our growing Engineering Team. You will work with key technical team members across the organization to ensure that BenchSci's technical infrastructure and codebase will support long-term growth. Reporting to the Director of Engineering, you will provide technical leadership across several functional areas within the team, lead complex projects, participate in roadmap and project planning, and contribute to BenchSci's data engineering and architecture initiatives. The Staff Engineer will help foster the development of other individual contributors, while also playing an important role in helping us scale as we continue to improve scientific discovery.

You Will:

  • Collaborate with multiple teams working on key customer features and our own internal development projects
  • Contribute to setting technical and architectural direction for our Data Engineering teams with a focus on expanding the scope of our products and our ability to make life scientists more effective
  • Drive the architecture of BenchSci to help us handle data more securely
  • Decouple work done by teams to allow for more independent work and smaller feature releases
  • Be involved in all aspects of software development, working to create and maintain the most reliable, secure, performant and high throughput service for our customers by using the latest cloud technology (this can range from setting high-level technical direction down to implementation)
  • Be an inspiring mentor to other engineers
  • Be an advocate for us and its engineering team through several channels

BenchSci is a remote-first organization. At this moment, we are welcoming applicants from Canada, the US and the UK for this position.


  • 8+ years of professional development experience, with 2+ years at the Staff level
  • Expertise in data management practices, including approaches to capturing provenance, versioning, and disaster recovery
  • Experience working with secure data, including compliance with regulations like HIPAA and GDPR
  • Expertise with data processing engines such as Apache Beam
  • Experience working with SaaS products in a fast-paced Agile environment
  • The ability to lead the engineering team toward the decisions they make while minimizing friction
  • The ability to translate business concerns into technical implementations
  • Experience with mentoring technical teams
  • Experience with big data
  • The ability to communicate trade-offs in approaches to security, speed to ship, and performance
  • Domain expertise in either machine learning, distributed systems, data engineering, or cloud infrastructure
  • The ability to provide constructive feedback to other individual contributors while showing a sense of empathy, tact, thoughtfulness and respect

Our Hiring Process

1. Application review

The hiring team will review your application and respond within ten business days.

2. Video screening

A member of BenchSci’s Talent Acquisition team will reach out to schedule a chat with you if your application

passes the review process.

The chat is a great opportunity to learn more about the role, the company, and what to expect during the

interview process. During this stage, we will aim to learn more about your past work experiences and interest

in BenchSci. At the end of the call, we’ll let you know what the next steps are and when you can expect to hear

back from us.

3. Technical screening

If you pass the video screening stage, you will receive a take-home technical challenge to be completed within

one week using HackerRank. For some positions, the technical screening may contain additional steps, take

place before the video screening, be conducted in a live real-time format, etc.

4. Interview and skills assessment stage

If you pass the coding challenge, you will be invited to an interview with the hiring manager and an additional

round of technical assessments.

The interview is a great opportunity to meet a BenchSci team leader and share your past experiences. There

will also be plenty of time for you to ask technical and team-related questions.

The goal of the skills assessment is to better understand your breadth of experience in your specific area of

technical expertise. There is generally some back-and-forth involved—just like on the job—and assessments

are closely related to the kind of work you’ll be doing in the role. Assessments are typically conducted via

Zoom and may come in various formats depending on the role for which you are being considered.

5. Final interview stage

This session typically consists of one to three 30-minute interviews with members of our Leadership team and

other relevant stakeholders across the organization, conducted via Zoom. The purpose of these final

discussions is to ensure any remaining questions you may have are answered and that any details about the

role, the expectations, and the company are discussed and clarified.


  • An engaging remote-first culture
  • A great compensation package that includes BenchSci equity options
  • 15 days vacation plus an additional day every year; plus company closures for 15 more days throughout the year
  • Unlimited flex time for sick days, personal days, religious holidays
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits Emphasis on mental health with $2500 CAD* for Psychologist, Social Worker, or Psychotherapist services
  • A $2000 CAD* Annual Learning & Development budget
  • A $1000 CAD* home office set-up budget
  • A $2500 CAD*wellness, lifestyle and productivity spending account for employees
  • Generous parental leave benefits with a top-up plan or paid time off options

*Benefits are tied to Canadian dollar amounts and would be converted to local currency for those in other countries. Moving to local currency allotments in the future.

Staff Engineer, Dataat BenchSci