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Senior Backend Engineer

$140,000 – $180,000 yearly

Rune Labs

Last Updated: 12/03/21

Job Description

Rune Labs Rune is a brain data company empowering the development and delivery of precision neuroscience therapeutics. We work with a wealth of newly-captured, high-fidelity neural recordings to advance data-driven therapies for diseases such as Parkinson’s, OCD, Depression, and other neurological conditions. Rune aims to fill the gap in software and data support for next-generation neuroscience therapeutics, and expand the benefits of precision medicine to the millions of patients with neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. We’re already generating revenue and are [Register to View] class="postings-link">well-funded by top-tier investors.


Rune’s first-in-class precision brain data software [Register to View] class="postings-link">platform integrates electrophysiology, brain imaging, and device data together with wearable data and clinical labels. The combination provides researchers, drug developers, and clinicians with the tools to guide treatment, uncover hidden disease phenotypes, and design better-targeted therapies.

This role is an opportunity to do challenging work on our cloud platform, which handles biometric data recorded directly from inside the human brain (you read right), medical wearables, and our mobile apps. This senior position puts you on a path for career and technical growth towards leading entire projects and being on the front lines of product synthesis.

Core Responsibilities

  • Design, implement, test, and maintain software for our cloud platform. You will work on APIs and distributed microservices that ingest, store, query, analyze, and creatively process biometric data.
  • Share responsibility for production. We’re not perfect, but our infrastructure is fully automated and our stack instrumented with observability, CI/CD, and strong security practices. You will be responsible for upholding and improving these practices, including writing tests, validating your work, and participating in daily production deploys.
  • Mentor and be mentored. Give and receive thoughtful feedback on feature design, code reviews, and more.
  • Balance short- and long-term technical priorities. You will work with Product, Project Managers, and other engineers to understand and clarify requirements for the projects you are working on. You will help establish tradeoffs between short- and long-term priorities, so that we can deliver reliable new features, lay groundwork for scaling our platform, and keep tech debt to a minimum.
  • Be part of a culture of explicit ethical consideration. We apply these considerations to ourselves, our team, and the patients whose data we are entrusted with.
Minimum Requirements
  • At least 4 years as a backend software engineer, preferably building cloud-native applications (we’re on AWS).
  • Professional experience with a strongly-typed language (we use Go) or interpreted language (we use Python and Ruby)
  • A track record of using unit and integration testing frameworks to provide high test coverage for your projects.
  • Direct experience working on at least one of the following kinds of projects: asynchronous/job-based execution (e.g. queues, pub/sub, web sockets); GraphQL, RESTful, or gRPC APIs; upload APIs with very high uptime requirements; low-latency data streaming APIs; processing large datasets iteratively; sensitive, mission critical data (e.g. medical, emergency services, financial); storing and querying timeseries data.
Important Skills and Qualifications
  • Your code is well-commented, well-structured, readable, and maintainable by another human being. You have a strong sense of ownership, but don’t growl anytime someone comes near your code.
  • A strong belief in automated unit, integration, and performance testing.
  • Diligent about monitoring your features and services in production.
  • You are eager to help teammates brainstorm and debug (and willing to ask for help when you need it) and you take the time to explain your thoughts and opinions, without being dismissive, condescending, or patronizing.
  • Comfortable working on a remote team, which is distributed across timezones (mostly in North America).
Practical Stuff
  • You must reside and be authorized to work in the U.S. or Canada.
  • We are remote friendly! We do ask that you commit to being available until at least 3pm PST (6pm EST) daily. If you’re in San Francisco, our pet-friendly office is a block from Golden Gate Park.
  • Full health, vision, and dental benefits for you and your dependents.
  • Salary range for this role: USD $140-160 (senior); $160-180 (lead).

Engineering at Rune
  • Work with the smartest and kindest folks in software engineering, neuroscience, and business development.
  • Be part of a culture of explicit ethical consideration with regard to ourselves and the patients with whose data we are entrusted.
  • We kept up with technical debt from day one and we work hard to keep it that way! Our infrastructure is fully automated and our stack instrumented with observability, CI, CD, strong security practices. We’re an experienced enough team to know why those always matter.
More About Us We look for strong alignment with Rune’s values: learn about our work culture and expectations at Rune [Register to View] class="postings-link">on our website and on our [Register to View] class="postings-link">Key Values profile. We are committed to treating each other well, building a diverse and representative team, and continually working to improve the inclusivity and equity of our org. Anyone meeting the minimum requirements for an open role is strongly encouraged to apply.



Company Details

San Francisco, California, United States
Rune Labs is a brain data company empowering the development and delivery of precision neuroscience therapeutics. Our work directly supports patients and physicians and advances R&D for new therapies for Parkinson’s, MS, chronic pain, treatment-resistant depression, epilepsy, and other neurological conditions. Rune company aims to fill the gap in software and data support for next-genera...