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Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Our mission at Halo is to move science forward. One of Fast Company’s 2021 “World Changing Ideas,” Halo’s platform connects scientists directly with companies to bring new innovations to the world. We work with the R&D teams at global, iconic companies – including Bayer, P&G and PepsiCo – on topics ranging from sustainability to human health. Since going live in January 2020, more than 9,000 scientists from 100+ countries have joined. We are venture-backed by Asymmetric Capital, Village Global, Lightbank, Marketplace Capital, Anne Wojcicki (CEO of 23&Me), Lenny Rachitsky’s Air Angels (Airbnb angel group) and other top-tier investors.

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Halo is looking for a Software Engineer to join our team and help grow the platform from early-stage product/market fit to massive scale. While the opportunity in front of us is large - the $2 trillion global R&D market - your work will also help accelerate scientific innovations that impact our world.

What You'll Do

As a Software Engineer you'll build new features, instrument those features and report on their impact, and improve our product development cycle.

  • You'll work alongside self-starters interested in solving real-world problems and streamlining the inefficiencies of external partnering for Fortune 500 companies
  • Take point on complex product initiatives, decompose them into smaller pieces, and run them to completion with minimal supervision
  • Design flexible, maintainable code to execute against the vision and roadmap
  • Safeguard code quality on your team, reviewing others' code with an eye to performance and maintainability
  • Work closely with designers and product managers to distill complex business problems into elegant technical solutions
  • Collaborate with a close-knit engineering team that ships new code into production multiple times a week.

Who you are:

Our tech stack is primarily Ruby on Rails and React. We also use Redis, Heroku, Postgres, and Typesense. While knowledge of our stack is a plus, it’s not a requirement.

  • 4+ years of experience writing software in our tech stack and strong engineering background
  • A love of simple, well-tested code that is easy to extend and hard to break
  • The ability to convey technical ideas in common terms to business partners, product managers, designers, and engineers alike
  • Understanding of performance tradeoffs, load balancing, and operational issues
  • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, continuous deployments, testing, and operations
  • Proven ability to handle ambiguity and competing priorities, managing multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • A willingness to wear different hats that are related but adjacent to your core role.
  • A passion for product development and an eagerness to learn and grow within a dynamic startup environment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work cross-functionally and communicate with both technical and non-technical team members.

Nice to Have:

  • You have a science-related degree or industry experience in science or health.
  • You have worked for companies with products like applicant tracking systems, b2b marketplaces, CRMs, or project management tool.
  • You've been an instrumental player on an early startup team before.

What we offer:

  • Share in the upside. Early employees have an outsized impact on a startup’s success. It’s only fair that you receive meaningful equity in return.
  • Donate to research. Make a donation to scientific research you care about and we’ll match your donation dollar-for-dollar.
  • Volunteer for research. Participate in a research study through ResearchMatch, a nonprofit funded by the NIH, and get a $200 bonus check.
  • Stay healthy. We don’t ever want your health to be a source of stress and offer top-of-the-line medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Escape for the Winter. From December to March, Halo will fly you anywhere in the country to escape the cold and get some Vitamin D.