Job Opening

Software Engineer

Emeryville, CA


Octant is a well-backed team (Series A led by a16z) of experienced scientists and entrepreneurs at the frontiers of biology, chemistry, and computation. We are a small molecule therapeutics company scaling drug discovery to navigate the complexity of human diseases using an integrated platform combining synthetic biology, genomics, computation and high-throughput chemistry.

Octant is an equal opportunity company that deeply values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and welcomes applicants of all backgrounds. We’re committed to growing the company with a diversity of talented individuals and our team is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment for everyone.

Job Description

You’re an engineer who wants to develop software that helps our teams engineer biology. While prior expertise in biology or chemistry is a plus, excellence in software engineering and a passion to learn are more important. As one of Octant's first software engineers, you’ll have an opportunity to make an immediate and lasting impact on Octant, while learning from some of the top scientists in their fields.

Collaborating closely with our biology, chemistry, and bioinformatics teams, you will design and build tools that push the boundaries of synthetic biology, genomics, and drug discovery. As an early engineer, you will be responsible for designing and implementing backend systems, data architectures, and user-facing applications.

This job might be great for you if:
  • Love building tools that people use on a day to day basis.

  • Are a software engineer comfortable managing all levels of a software stack, with demonstrated excellence going deep in some of them.

  • Are capable of writing code to solve complex problems, but will use existing solutions where appropriate.

  • Are passionate about mentoring and learning from scientists, technologists, and experts in other fields.

  • Can bring an engineering perspective to managing code and software architectures to the team.

  • Thrive on getting things done, are eager to troubleshoot random tasks that arise in startups, and can navigate the uncertainty of an ever-changing and fast-paced environment.

For more information, please send a resume/CV and cover letter to and include "Software” and your name in the email’s subject line.

Octant is located in the growing biotech/synthetic biology cluster on the Berkeley/Emeryville border.

Medical, dental, & vision coverage with competitive compensation based on experience level.