Backend Software/DevOps Engineer Position

We’re Day Zero Diagnostics (DZD), a machine learning-based genomics startup modernizing the diagnosis of infectious disease by developing methods for rapid pathogenic bacteria species identification and antibiotic resistance profiling.

We’re seeking a driven and exceptionally organized backend software engineer with devops experience to join our fast-growing, multidisciplinary team.

As a member of the Day Zero team, plan to play an integral role in designing software systems to support cutting-edge infectious disease diagnosis, while developing a devops culture to support rapid, iterative development. You’ll contribute to the implementation of performant, reliable software, from bioinformatics APIs to ML genomic prediction pipelines, on a modern technology stack, while shaping the growth and culture of the Day Zero software team with a focus on developer productivity.

Most importantly, you'll join a thoughtful, supportive team consisting of leaders in infectious disease, molecular biology, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and data science.

Additional perks!

  • The tools and technologies you need to do your best work
  • Post-COVID, snacks, coffee, and cold-brew on tap everyday at our Harvard-affiliated shared workspace
  • Post-COVID, an always open invitation to the DZD running club, bouldering outings and weekly lunch-and-learn

Some of the technologies we work with every day:

  • Code: Python, Golang
  • Data: Postgres, Redis, Firestore (GCP)
  • Infra: Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform
  • Platform: GCP

Responsibilities and Opportunities

  • Design and implement production-grade software to facilitate highly-reliable, high-throughput bioinformatics and machine learning pipelines.
  • Build performant, scalable APIs around bioinformatics software and trained machine learning models.
  • Develop tooling to support our interdisciplinary team of microbiologists, molecular biologists, computational biologists and data scientists.
  • Architect infrastructure to promote rapid iterative development while maintaining reliability.
  • Mentor colleagues and promote productive devops practices among the engineering team.


  • 3-5 years professional backend engineering experience
  • Applied experience building production Python systems
  • Fluency with modern SQL, noSQL, and in-memory datastores and database architecture design
  • Experience using containerization and orchestration technologies in production environments
  • Experience building scalable distributed systems on AWS, GCP and/or Azure
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Commitment to promoting productive development and mentoring environments for colleagues
  • Experience with machine learning frameworks (Pytorch, Tensorflow, …) and/or machine learning at scale helpful but not required
  • Experience building Golang CLIs and/or embedded software with Rust helpful but not required
  • A keen interest in machine learning, genomics, bioinformatics, and healthcare - experience in these fields helpful but not required

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