Application Software Developer

Tierra Biosciences is a synthetic biology company that enables scientists focused on exploring the natural world and discovering the key properties of their system to develop the next generation of bioproducts. To do this, we are building a software engine to power a high-throughput protein production platform. This engine will help understand the properties on incoming sequences to maximize the success of our clients, as well as helping to support the team of scientists in understanding the key factors required for success at the lab bench.


We are looking for an Application Software Developer, willing to work on diverse problems and contribute to solutions to our engineering and software development problems. We have an urgent-need first project and ongoing needs with other projects of varying scope. The successful candidate will work with scientists and web developers to build tools to support our platform. Working both independently and collaboratively is a necessity. The perfect candidate will be well versed with python and JavaScript, as well as having experience with databases. Nice-to-have's include experience building cloud-native applications, experience gathering/processing data from public databases, and a degree in a scientific field similar to: Bioinformatics/Biology/Chemistry. This is a remote contract position for ~20 hours/week. When applying to this position, both a resume and cover letter are essential for consideration.



·      Create modules to support customer experimental setup, data tracking and order handling

·      Integrate new and existing modules into a basic web interface to allow shared use

·      Proactively identify and eliminate issue caused by coding pitfalls and edge-cases with end-to-end testing

·      Prioritize tasks for immediate needs vs long term goals

 ·      Potentially build tools to explore protein sequence data using biological databases and bioinformatics tools


·      Fluency with python and javascript

·      Experience with libraries/toolkits such as pandas, numpy, biopython, jQuery, jQuery UI, django, x-spreadsheet

·      Knowledge of database design and implementation (SQL), SQLAlchemy

·      Demonstrated development of custom algorithms/ computational tools

·      Motivated by creating solutions for others

·      Significant exposure to AWS cloud computing services a plus

·      Prior experience integrating with public databases a plus

If interested, please use the link below to send your resume and cover letter to with the position name in the subject.