Practichem is hiring full stack software engineers

We’re creating a new platform to make protein purification much faster and far easier to get right.

Why this is important

Pretty much every promising new drug is a biologic therapy. These molecules are tough to make because they’re assembled by living cells per DNA instructions. Cells are difficult to control. Contrast this with traditional drugs, which are chemically synthesized in an older, well understood process.

Making biologic therapies uses bacterial cells as living factories. The process goes like this:

  1. Code DNA for your desired molecule. It really is code. Then ‘print’ the DNA.
  2. Insert the DNA into a cell’s chromosome at just the right place.
  3. Nurture the cell to reproduce billions of times, with each cell dutifully making your molecule.
  4. Extract all the proteins, then isolate just the ones you coded for. This is protein purification.

The purification step requires knowledge and experience. Our tools help all scientists execute great purifications on the first try. We’re adding the same advances we use in everyday life: collaboration, sharing, and iteration in an intuitive platform.

Creating a better tool is a challenge without guarantees. We’re taking the risk because we believe speeding antibody and vaccine development is a worthy endeavor.

The role

This is a full stack software engineering position. You’ll have an intensely clear direction. Implementation specifics are up to you. Confident people will excel.

  • contribute at all levels to create and help deploy excellent software.
  • write clean, maintainable, and elegant code.
  • always contribute to our mutual goal to speed cures.
  • be curious and practical. Speak up when something can be better.
  • expect to challenge and be challenged.

The tech

We use Kotlin and the Spring framework. Frontend is Vue.js / Vuetify and D3.js. ReST and Web sockets are mixed in.

What you will do

  • join a great software team
  • work in the front and back ends
  • interact with hardware devices
  • maintain a sane API
  • help design and implement clean UIs
  • learn something about chromatography and biology
  • take ownership and figure things out

About you

  • 5+ years of professional experience with a similar tech stack
  • good design and architectural pattern experience
  • commitment to clean code principles
  • unit and integration test experience
  • UI design and implementation
  • startup / small company / flat management experience
  • a disdain for bureaucracy

About Practichem

We’re a mature company acting like a startup, led by a successful serial entrepreneur and an experienced board. We’ve landed $6M in funding for this project. We have a lot to do, but it’s highly doable work. We hire for values, then nurture the skills. We value integrity, tenacity, and courage. 

What we offer

  • a great place to create, learn, and excel
  • competitive salaries with benefits
  • vacation, health, 401(k) matching
  • a $500 cozy cash allowance to set up your workspace

Final word from Nick: Fun

You must find your work rewarding. If you aren’t having fun at some level, you’ll become unhappy. I love what I do, and I want you to love what you’re doing. If you find you don’t love what you’re doing, please talk to me.

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