Software Engineer

Engineering · REMOTE, Pennsylvania
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Blackfynn is looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our growing Engineering team to further our mission to optimize therapeutics for Parkinson’s and neurodegeneration.




Blackfynn is a new kind of therapeutics company: one using high-quality clinical data, data modeling and analytics - first and always - to drive every aspect of drug development. We focus on optimizing clinical-stage assets for the near-term benefit of patients with Parkinson’s disease, with the aim of expanding into related neurodegenerative disease indications. It is our mission to improve the lives of everyone living with Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases across the globe, and to use our technology to democratize access to studies and medicines regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status or geography. 

Blackfynn is now a remote-first organization. We encourage applicants coast-to-coast to apply to our open positions as the majority of our roles can be accomplished anywhere in the United States. Our Philadelphia office will remain operational and accessible for anyone to use on a voluntary basis for the foreseeable future.




  • Improve the core infrastructure and services that facilitate the acquisition, transformation, storage and retrieval of complex neurological datasets
  • Build and deploy solutions for collecting and aggregating Parkinson’s based clinical trial and observational study data
  • Build and optimize internal tooling to support data ingest and harmonization
  • Work to produce reusable, efficient data acquisition and analysis frameworks to enable our data science efforts



In order to be successful as a Software Engineer at Blackfynn, you’ll need 3+ years of strong industry experience developing production quality software (preferably biotech, pharma, or healthcare). You’ll also need to be:


  • Flexible, thriving in the face of ambiguity and finding appropriate solutions
  • Able to develop systematic, structured, and pragmatic approaches to tasks, with attention to detail and an emphasis on shipping working software
  • Proficient in Scala (or other JVM-based language), Python, and SQL
  • Familiarity with modern web-based frameworks and implementations (e.g., vue, react, SPAs) and how these integrate with service-oriented architectures
  • Familiar with container based deployments and architectures (e.g., Docker, ECS, Fargate)
  • Understanding of infrastructure as code and continuous integration best practices (e.g., Terraform, Jenkins)
  • Proficiency building and working with relational and object databases (e.g., Postgres and S3 respectively)
  • Experience with building and maintaining RESTful APIs along with best practices for monitoring and logging


Although experience with our existing stack is great, we're MOST interested in engineers who are able to take the complex tasks our users perform and distill them down to intuitive experiences. 




  • Competitive salaries and equity participation – we all share in Blackfynn’s success
  • Generous vacation benefits – we want you to work hard but also rest and recharge
  • Excellent health benefits – at the end of the day, we are here to improve healthcare
  • Opportunity to work with smart people, solve complex problems, and make an impact in the world 




Each of us has been affected by Parkinson’s, dementia or other disease of the brain. We are the children, partners and friends of people living with neurodegenerative diseases. Sometimes, we are patients ourselves. Current drugs are marginally effective and can often make symptoms worse. New drugs keep failing in clinical trials. At Blackfynn, we do things differently. By applying a systematic approach that combines data, technology and deep domain expertise, we are developing a pipeline of targeted, clinical-stage therapeutics to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. 

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