Staff/Principal Software Engineer, Instrument Software

Seaport District, Boston, MA
Software /
/ On-site
Volta Labs is an MIT spin-off that has unlocked powerful new DNA sequencing capabilities by developing novel fluidic technology. Building off of this core technology, Volta has created a product that streamlines DNA sequencing sample prep. Volta is at the forefront of a sequencing revolution, driving sequencing towards seamless ease of use and complete automation.

We are a product and data-driven company where employees are empowered to learn and thrive in a fast-paced, open, and collaborative environment. This is an exciting phase to join Volta; with commercialization imminent, our product has the potential to change the future of sequencing.

You'll join a team of innovative thinkers who aren't afraid to venture into new territories to build advanced automation systems. We are an incredibly supportive group that enjoys collaborating to overcome challenges and provide constructive feedback to help each other grow. We are passionate about pushing the boundaries of automation, biology, computing, robotics, design, and user experience to benefit our customers. As a core member of our team, you'll instill these values across the organization and play an integral role in helping grow the team. Join us if you want to make a meaningful impact on the future of technology while being part of a thoughtful, driven team.

This role will be part of the Instrument Software team at Volta. This small but mighty team is responsible for all software controlling the instrument. The tech stack is modern Python and C++, with ReactJS, and Typescript used for the instrument UI. Our software has been deployed in some of the foremost research institutions in the world. Areas of work include firmware, instrument control, real-time video processing, and telemetry. Join us if you are passionate about the interaction of software, hardware, and biology and want to define the future of automation in the life sciences!

We are looking for an experienced software engineer to help drive the design and development of Python based instrument control software for the Volta automation platform. This new, high-impact role offers great visibility within the company and the opportunity to directly contribute to Volta's growth. Working within the small SW team you will become an expert in Volta's instrument software, influence the product roadmap, and ensure the successful deployment of instrument software at customer sites.

- Design and develop instrument software for the Volta automation platform
- Write high-quality, maintainable, and testable Python code
- Proactively identify technical risks and devise mitigation strategies
- Scope tasks and timelines for the instrument software team, balancing short-term and long-term needs
- Communicate effectively with cross-functional stakeholders and build alignment toward specific solutions
- Support hiring activities and mentor junior engineers

- BS or higher in Computer Science, or a similar field, or equivalent experience
- 8+ year of experience developing production code with modern Python and 2 plus years in a Linux environment.
- Python programming: This senior-level individual contributor role requires a mastery of Python programming basics and a strong grasp of advanced Python programming constructs and paradigms (decorators, type hinting, concurrency, asyncio, event-driven programming). You must also have significant experience architecting software systems and a good understanding of Linux plumbing tools like systemd and udev.
- Software for hardware: All Python code you write will run on the instrument and control its functionality. You should have extensive hands-on experience with the design, development, and testing of software . Prior experience working with robotics, lab automation, 3D printing, etc is preferred.
- Startup orientation: Volta is a startup. To succeed at Volta, you must have a "get it done" mindset and be willing to step outside your usual job role to ensure project success. You should also be able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with ambiguous requirements and evolving priorities. A pragmatic approach to prioritizing tasks and managing tech debt is a huge plus.
This is a full-time position that requires a significant amount of in-person work and collaboration. We ask that you can come onsite to our Seaport Office in Boston, MA 5 days a week.

Our Benefits and Perks:

Robust Equity Program, to build future wealth through stock options with high growth potential
Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage, including Medical, Dental, & Vision
HSA, FSA, and Sponsored Commuter Benefit Plans
Access to Our 401K Plan, to save for your future
12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave, which can be taken over 12 months
Unlimited Paid Time Off, because we understand the importance of time off for rest and adventure
10 Paid Federal Holidays
Twice Weekly On-site Lunches, variety snacks, beverages, & treats
Weekly Paid Coffee Date with Colleague
Monthly Team Happy Hours

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, and we actively seek out and value diverse perspectives. Women, people of color, people who are differently abled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply. Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of bio-automation!