Senior Site Reliability Engineer

| New York, NY, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 175,000-230,000 Annually
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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. 

You can read more at the following links:

  • Our Vision for AI in Pharma
  • Our Current Drug Portfolio
  • Our Technology & Platform

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 Site Reliability Engineer supporting Product Engineering, you will play an important role in shaping the future of drug development at Formation Bio. This position involves enabling the organization to ship more reliable products faster, without toil or roadblocks, to enable our business and 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 software

infrastructure solutions to provide a stable foundation for our drug development platform. You will develop high-quality infrastructure software, design and implement standard architecture patterns, and help drive the strategic direction of our projects. You will lead change and promote SRE culture throughout the company. 

This position is ideal for an engineer who is passionate about continuous improvement, stable and secure platforms, and SRE culture. Your expertise in software development, automation, diagnostics, and observability will be instrumental in driving Formation Bio’s mission to bring new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.

Responsibilities

  • Consult with Product Engineers on the development and deployment of secure, observable, reliable software. Design new solutions to fill gaps, and see them through from concept to implementation. 
  • Research, develop and maintain infrastructure services including load balancers, databases, secrets management. You will maintain IaaS cloud resources as well as hosted solutions in a range of operating environments including development, staging, and production. 
  • Author, review, maintain and optimize Terraform code, container images, CI/CD pipelines for infrastructure, shared services, and products. 
  • Write, review, and provide feedback on requirements and design documents as well as operating and maintenance procedures. 
  • Knowledge sharing, training, and mentoring for engineers on infrastructure and SRE fundamentals throughout the organization. 
  • Participate in a support rotation during business hours. 

About You

  •  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent experience. 
  • 5-10 years experience as a Site Reliability Engineer, Systems Administrator, Infrastructure or DevOps Engineer, or similar relevant experience focusing on infrastructure management and automation. 
  • Exceptional collaboration and communication skills to effectively engage and work along stakeholders from diverse disciplines and varying levels of technical expertise. 
  • Experience managing or coordinating technical projects, including resource budgeting, estimates, tracking, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience with AWS (including ECS/Fargate, ALB, Lambda, RDS) and the full end-to-end process of modern software development in a containerized environment. 
  • Experience managing multiple shared COTS and FOSS software applications in a multi-tenant environment. 
  • Experience with Bash, CircleCI, Docker, HashiCorp Vault, Python, and networking (virtual or physical). 
  • Experience with performing advanced diagnostics and root cause analyses. Digital forensics is a plus, but not required. 
  • Experience in a regulated industry (especially pharmaceuticals or biotech) 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.

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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.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • People Operations
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • LookerAnalytics
    • FigmaDesign
    • MiroDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • Google DriveManagement
    • Google DocsManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SlackCollaboration
    • ZoomCollaboration

Location

Our office is located in Manhattan, near the Empire State Building. The area is lively and has great food and transportation options!

An Insider's view of Formation Bio

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The space is very open which makes it easy to collaborate and engage with different teams across the organization. People are very welcoming, supportive, and friendly. There is always a variety of different food and drinks available in the kitchen, in addition to foods that co-workers bring in for everyone to taste!

Joseph Frappaolo

IT Support Technician

What projects are you most excited about?

The project that excites me most is our new hire onboarding program because of the impact it will have on our company. Though we have a robust onboarding program in place already, we have the opportunity to think creatively about how to make the experience even better for our new hires, from the moment they accept our offer.

Erin Siegel

Senior People Operations Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started working at Formation Bio in July of 2018. I joined the company as a Clinical Research Coordinator and was allowed to grow and adapt into new roles as the company's business model shifted. I transitioned into working as a Clinical Trial Associate after a couple of years, and now have over a year of experience as a Clinical Project Manager!

Gurpreet Singh

Clinical Project Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Formation Bio has given me the opportunity to take ownership over big projects and work streams, allowing me to have an impact on key functional business areas.

Maya Dongier

Senior Accounting Manager

What are Formation Bio Perks + Benefits

Formation Bio Benefits Overview

Formation Bio is nothing without its employees, so they are well taken care of! We offer comprehensive benefits that span from insurance to 401ks, with added perks like a pet-friendly office. Come meet our office dog, Rosie!

Culture
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Hybrid work model
Flexible work schedule
Diversity
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
Company equity
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Yearly retreat and holiday party, regular team events and outings!
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Mother's room
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing education stipend
Virtual coaching services

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