Software Developer

190 - Informatics · Berkeley, California
Department 190 - Informatics
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Caribou Biosciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company founded in 2011 by pioneers in CRISPR genome editing and headquartered in Berkeley, California. The company’s mission is to develop innovative, transformative therapies for patients with devastating diseases through novel genome editing. Caribou leverages its proprietary technologies to develop a wholly owned pipeline of genome-edited, off-the-shelf immune cell therapies, including CAR-Ts and CAR-NKs, for the treatment of multiple different types of cancer. Caribou believes that advanced genome editing is necessary to develop sophisticated cell therapies to treat a variety of malignancies.

Members of the Caribou herd open their minds to new ideas and welcome diverse perspectives. We proudly assert that teams do their best work when their members are personally engaged, their ideas are taken seriously, their contributions are recognized, and their needs are met.


We are seeking a versatile full stack software engineer with a passion for applying technology to biology, to make an impact in developing our revolutionary genome engineering technologies. In this customer-facing position, you will enable transformational science by collaborating with a team of world-class scientists to build custom tools to organize and analyze biological data. We have many opportunities for you to grow in this role including taking on technical leadership responsibilities for complex in-house software applications and systems. Leveraging your knowledge of best practices in software development will help Caribou create a robust, maintainable infrastructure.  



  • Collaborate with scientific project teams to understand their needs and build systems that support data science and statistics. 
  • Develop and implement high quality code using multiple tools to organize and extract data, and to analyze trends.
  • Build infrastructure for software to leverage data from genomic and cellular analysis platforms.


Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/MS in computer science, engineering, or physics with demonstrated programming proficiency (Python, JavaScript and/or C)
  • 3-8 years of experience coding as a key contributor in a larger team effort;  recent graduates with relevant coding projects and/or internships are encouraged to apply. (*Title commensurate with level of experience).
  • Prior experience in programming supporting scientific research


Nice-to-have (but not required)

  • Background in life science research
  • Previous exposure to modern genomics, high-throughput sequencing, single cell technology, transcriptomics and/or molecular biology is highly desirable
  • Experience developing full stack web applications using Flask or similar
  • Experience with local and/or cloud-based HPC environments  
  • Knowledge of analytical and visualization software packages such as R, NumPy/SciPy, and D3js
  • Experience with database integration, maintenance, and optimization


Caribou compensation and benefits include:

  • Comprehensive compensation package including stock options and employee stock purchase program
  • Generous paid vacation time in addition to Company-observed holidays and floating holidays
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan including matching employer contributions
  • Tuition reimbursement program


Caribou is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding), genetic information, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law. In addition, Caribou prohibits the harassment of any individual on any of the bases listed above or any other characteristics protected under federal, state, or local laws. Legal authorization to work in the United States is required. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 


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  • Location
    Berkeley, California
  • Department
    190 - Informatics
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience