Software Engineer, R&D – Future Technologies

Boston, MA
Full Time

CATALOG, a Boston-based pioneering startup, is making significant strides in the field of data storage and computation by harnessing the power of DNA. DNA, known for its millennia-long stability, unrivaled information density, and cost-effective replicability, offers revolutionary potential for latency-tolerant high-density data storage and massively parallel computation.


We're innovating a cutting-edge DNA computing platform, and we are seeking a dynamic Software engineer with a background in synthetic or molecular biology to join our quest. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the design and analysis of nucleic acids at the sequence level, thereby shaping CATALOG’s groundbreaking DNA-based data storage and computation platform.


In this role, you will:


  • Create custom sequencing analysis and visualization tools to evaluate the influence of new features on essential metrics, driving our ongoing innovation.
  • Collaborate actively with our multidisciplinary teams, including chemistry and analytics, to test, model, and optimize our sequence codebase, contributing to the fine-tuning of our platform.
  • Serve in a supporting role in sequence informatics, making sense of data, presenting insightful findings, and making actionable recommendations to both internal and external stakeholders.


We are looking for someone with experience in the following areas:


  • Basic familiarity with cloud frameworks, containers, and databases to deploy and scale analysis pipelines, highlighting cloud computing knowledge.
  • A general understanding of molecular or synthetic biology, particularly emphasizing nucleic acid chemistry.
  • Experience with and comprehension of NGS platforms and software and or orthogonal DNA barcode design is a plus.
  • Experience with RNA structure prediction and design and/or CRISPR Cas9 guide RNA design is a plus.
  • Prior hands-on experience with wet lab molecular biology techniques such as PCR/qPCR, DNA assembly methods, sequencing library is a plus, showcasing practical laboratory experience.


We are looking for someone driven by:


  • The exhilaration of building ground-breaking technology, showing a passion for innovation.
  • The intellectual challenge of solving intricate, cross-disciplinary problems, indicating problem-solving acumen.
  • A strong interest in creativity and insight at the intersection of biology and information processing, suggesting a forward-thinking mindset.


You will also need to be able to:


  • Flourish in a dynamic and supportive environment, reflecting resilience and adaptability.
  • Collaborate effectively in small, cross-disciplinary teams, demonstrating teamwork and communication skills.
  • Exhibit strong verbal and written communication skills, necessary for team collaborations and project reports.


We are looking for someone with:


  • A BS with 2 years of industry experience or MS in biophysics, bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, or a related discipline.
  • A proven ability to design and build sequence design and analysis software tools from conceptualization to implementation, indicating robust technical expertise.
  • Proficiency in C/C++, Python, or similar languages, demonstrating strong programming skills.


At CATALOG, we empower you to think critically, work creatively, and conquer uncharted problems in a groundbreaking field. We prioritize building an inclusive team that embraces diverse viewpoints, supports workforce diversity, and offers competitive compensation packages, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) with company matching.

Note: Even if you don’t meet all of the requirements listed, we encourage you to apply. Think of it more as looking for most of the items listed, not all. 

Please note, visa sponsorship is not available for this position


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