Senior Software Engineer

BenevolentAI, founded in 2013, creates and applies AI technologies to transform the way medicines are discovered and developed. BenevolentAI seeks to improve patients’ lives by applying technology designed to generate better data decision making and in doing so decrease drug discovery failure rates, lower drug development costs and increase the speed at which medicines are generated. The company has developed the Benevolent Platform™ - a discovery platform used by BenevolentAI scientists to find new ways to treat disease and personalise drugs for patients.

BenevolentAI is HQ’d in London with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and further offices in New York and Antwerp. BenevolentAI has active R&D drug programmes from discovery to Phase IIb in disease areas such as ALS, Atopic dermatitis, Ulcerative Colitis and Sarcopenia.


The Software Engineering team is focused on applying engineering rigour and innovative design to the BenevolentAI software platform. We embrace a modern microservice architecture on Kubernetes in order to orchestrate a machine learning platform that empowers drug discovery.

We are hiring for all levels of experience, from entry-level to lead software engineers.

BenevolentAI is committed to growing diverse and inclusive teams. We welcome you to apply if the job description as a whole appeals, even if there are specific areas where you don’t have previous experience!.

Primary responsibilities

  • Grow and lead a small team of software engineers.

  • Design and build software to solve complex data requirements and user needs across biology, chemistry, AI, and data science.

  • Promote engineering best practices, such as: code reviews, test-driven development, pair programming, etc.

We are looking for someone with…

  • Strong in at least one programming language (Python / Java / JavaScript preferred).

  • Basic algorithms and data structures for software development.

  • Basic understanding of machine learning and/or distributed systems.

  • Experience working with at least one of the following software systems:

    • web frameworks, databases, APIs, microservice architectures

  • Experience in at least one of the following software domains:

    • frontend development, backend development, data processing pipelines

  • 2 or more years of experience working as a software engineer in a product team.

  • Experience leading a development team (formally or informally).

  • Proven track record of building software with a focus on the user. Experience building large applications, working with big data, and setting standards for code quality and test driven development.

  • Experience working in a team of diverse skills, including working with non-technical peers. Excellent communicator, especially when working with colleagues from other specialities.

Preferred (not required) Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of biology / chemistry, and experience working with biomedical data.

  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, ideally with a focus on drug discovery.

  • Scalable backend database systems design.

  • Software architecture design.

  • Workflow orchestration.

Who are we?

We have assembled a diverse, exceptionally talented and spirited team to tackle the most pressing and challenging problems at the intersection of artificial intelligence and drug discovery. We bring our ideas and passion for new technology and medicines discovery to life by questioning traditional scientific dogmas.

Our core values reflect who we are and how we work and they are so important to achieve our mission: Bring better medicines to patients faster.

Put patients first. Drive to delivery. Break boundaries. Own the solution.

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