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Senior Software Engineer, Backend

Formation Bio
New York, NY
Start date
Jun 17, 2024

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Engineering, Software Engineer
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Pharm Country

Job Details

About Formation Bio

Formation Bio is a tech and AI driven pharma company differentiated by radically more efficient drug development. 

Advancements in AI and drug discovery are creating more candidate drugs than the industry can progress because of the high cost and time of clinical trials. Recognizing that this development bottleneck may ultimately limit the number of new medicines that can reach patients, Formation Bio, founded in 2016 as TrialSpark Inc., has built technology platforms, processes, and capabilities to accelerate all aspects of drug development and clinical trials. Formation Bio partners, acquires, or in-licenses drugs from pharma companies, research organizations, and biotechs to develop programs past clinical proof of concept and beyond, ultimately helping to bring new medicines to patients. The company is backed by investors across pharma and tech, including a16z, Sequoia, Sanofi, Thrive Capital, Sam Altman, John Doerr, Spark Capital, SV Angel Growth, and others. 

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At Formation Bio, our values are the driving force behind our mission to revolutionize the pharma industry. Every team and individual at the company shares these same values, and every team and individual plays a key part in our mission to bring new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.

About the Position

As a Senior Software Engineer you will be a major contributor to the tech future for FormationBio. This position will involve interacting with a wide variety of code, tools, and stakeholders. As we expand into an AI enabled world, we are ensuring our fundamentals are excellent, and this role will help bolster that effort. You will build tools that are used by our in-house experts, leveraging traditional automation, cutting edge LLM integrations, and everything in between. You will be an integral voice in project development and execution, leading the creation of innovative and solid software to accelerate the drug development process.

In this role, you will collaborate closely with engineers, product managers, and domain experts in the drug development field to design, build, and implement systems that will significantly enhance the capacity of teams to make strategic and operational drug development decisions swiftly and effectively. You’ll not only develop high-quality software but also help drive the strategic direction of our projects.

This position is ideal for the delivery-focused engineer who is passionate about leveraging technology for meaningful and impactful applications. Your expertise in software development will be instrumental in driving FormationBio’s mission to bring new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.


  • Lead the design, development, and deployment of software solutions aiding in the strategic drug development process.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including product managers and domain experts, to discover, build, and iterate on products and tools to empower our users.
  • Ensure the scalability, security, and performance of our software systems in a cloud-based user-focused environment.
  • Rapidly develop and iterate on product deliverables in alignment with strategic objectives in drug development.
  • Work with the team to understand emerging trends and advancements in AI, LLMs, and software development to ensure we are implementing the best options for us.

About You

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in software development, with a demonstrated ability to thrive in ambiguous and rapidly-changing environments, with a proven track record of contributing significantly to the successful launch and scaling of new and innovative products, especially in a 0-1 setting.
  • Exceptional collaboration and communication skills to effectively engage and work alongside stakeholders from diverse disciplines and varying levels of technical expertise. Ideally, adept at translating complex technical concepts into clear, actionable insights for all audiences.
  • Familiarity with cloud infrastructure (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP) and the full end-to-end process of modern software deployment (e.g., containerization, CI/CD).
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry is a plus, but not required.
  • Experience with AI technologies is a plus, but not required.


We offer competitive compensation because we want to hire the best people and reward them for their contributions to our mission. We pay all employees competitively relative to the New York City market, regardless of their location. In compliance with NYC’s pay transparency law and in pursuit of pay equity and fairness, we publish salary ranges for all open roles at Formation Bio. The target salary range for this role is $175,000 - $230,000.

On top of base salary, we also offer equity, generous perks, location flexibility, and comprehensive benefits – learn more about them and our compensation philosophy here.

If this range doesn’t match your expectations, please still apply because we may have something else for you.


You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Formation Bio is a tech-driven pharma company differentiated by radically more efficient drug development. Formation Bio has built a technology platform that optimizes all aspects of drug development, enabling more efficient trial design, faster trial completion, and higher quality trial data capture.

Formation Bio acquires clinical-stage drugs from pharma and biotech and develops them faster and more efficiently, unlocking greater value per program and accelerating access to new treatments for patients.

Join our culture of innovation where your work directly contributes to transforming patient care in areas such as rheumatology, dermatology, CNS, and cardiometabolic diseases. Our dynamic environment blends advanced technology with strategic drug development, speeding up the delivery of new treatments. Here, every role plays a part in our mission to bring new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.

Company info
+1 510-545-3803
16 East 34th Street floor 10
New York

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