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Software Engineer, Infrastructure (Release Engineering, High Seniority)



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2024

Biotechnology is rewriting life as we know it, from the medicines we take, to the crops we grow, the materials we wear, and the household goods that we rely on every day. But moving at the new speed of science requires better technology.

Benchling’s mission is to unlock the power of biotechnology. The world’s most innovative biotech companies use Benchling’s R&D Cloud to power the development of breakthrough products and accelerate time to milestone and market.

Come help us bring modern software to modern science.


The Release Engineering team owns software release at Benchling. Our responsibility spans integration and deployment of code, across both our continuous (multiple deploys per day) and validated (quarterly deployments) pipelines. We serve Benchling software engineers as our customers. Indirectly, we also serve Benchling's end users for both our Standard and Validated Cloud product offerings.

As an Infrastructure Engineer, you'll shape our platform for agility, performance, and security. Collaborate with engineers across the Infrastructure organization to enable our software engineers to get their code into production quickly, safely, and without manual effort. Propose and lead efforts to deliver our next generation of infrastructure, across the organization. Your work will be pivotal as we grow alongside our global user base, providing highly reliable and trusted infrastructure.


  • Own projects end-to-end, from proposal and alignment, to planning and initial design, to large-scale rollout.
  • Support engineers across Benchling to understand real time developer experience with our CI/CD pipelines, and recommend future investments.
    • Investigate issues, risks, tradeoffs, and improvement opportunities.
    • Assess opportunities given constraints and business goals.
  • Contribute to the next set of exciting projects on our roadmap:
    • Build automation and horizontal processes to bring us closer to truly continuous delivery and progressive software delivery.
    • Invest in technologies to optimize how we build, test, and deploy software, including progressive deployments like canarying.
    • Further the experience of engineers working in microservices.
    • Bring our continuous and validated (quarterly) release infrastructures closer together, by having a higher-level view into Benchling infrastructure and production systems.
  • Habitual responsibility for and innate interest in developer experience quality and performance.
  • Further engineering culture, practices, and processes throughout the organization and company.
  • Advocate for the success of the team and for your own career, growth, and interests.


  • 6 or more years of experience as a DevOps engineer or software engineer building infrastructure and/or internal tooling,
  • Experience with deployment and configuration management frameworks such as Terraform (IaC); with CI/CD systems such as BuildKite or Jenkins; and with containers and container management systems such as Kubernetes or Amazon ECS.
  • Understanding of cloud computing, virtualization, and microservices architectures, and experience with major cloud platforms, especially AWS.
  • Strong communication (oral and written), influence, and presentation skills. Ability to accept conflict and face it head on, strategically.
  • Repeated experience leading projects with multiple engineers and diverse stakeholders, with tech plans and long-term project management.
  • A track record of 1:1 technical mentorship on teams and within organizations.
  • Enthusiastic about working onsite in our SF office 3 days a week.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field.


Benchling takes a market-based approach to pay. The candidate's starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, interview performance, and work location. For this role the base salary range is $177,735 to $240,465.

To help you determine which zone applies to your location, please see this resource. If you have questions regarding a specific location's zone designation, please contact a recruiter for additional information.

Total Compensation includes the following:
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Broad range of medical, dental, and vision plans for employees and their dependents
  • Fertility healthcare and family-forming benefits
  • Four months of fully paid parental leave
  • 401(k) + Employer Match
  • Commuter benefits for in-office employees and a generous home office set up stipend for remote employees
  • Mental health benefits, including therapy and coaching, for employees and their dependents
  • Monthly Wellness stipend
  • Learning and development stipend
  • Generous and flexible vacation
  • Company-wide Summer & Winter holiday shutdown
  • Sabbaticals for 5-year and 10-year anniversaries




Benchling welcomes everyone.

We believe diversity enriches our team so we hire people with a wide range of identities, backgrounds, and experiences.

We are an equal opportunity employer. That means we don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.