Senior Back End Engineer

Position Overview

Company Overview

iSpecimen is a small public company (~100 people) on a mission to accelerate medical research. We are building a marketplace that connects medical researchers to the human biospecimens they need through a network of hundreds of hospitals and labs. We are growing our small engineering team to dramatically improve our data quality and marketplace user experience for researchers and biospecimen suppliers. iSpecimen was recently acknowledged by Fast Company as one of 2023’s most innovative companies. Learn more here:

Our Tech Stack

  • Platform: AWS + Docker + Microservices
  • Data: AWS RDS + PostgreSQL + OpenSearch
  • Back End: Java + RESTful APIs + Python + AWS Lambda
  • Front End: Typescript + Angular

Tech Skills

  1. Overall Experience
    1. 5+ years of professional programming experience
    2. Computer Science degree is preferred
  2. Technical Experience
    1. SQL expert (5+ years)
    2. Java expert (5+ years) (C# is ok)
    3. Angular or React (2+ years)
    4. RESTful API experience (3+ years)
    5. Experience deploying to AWS (preferred), GCP or Azure.
    6. Docker + Kubernetes experience or exposure
    7. Nice to have:
      1. AWS certification(s)
      2. AWS Lambda experience
      3. Python experience
      4. NoSQL / OpenSearch experience
      5. Experience writing CI/CD pipelines for yourself and your team
      6. Healthcare, pharma, or biotech experience
  3. Leadership and culture
    1. Agile / scrum experience. (Scrum leadership experience is a bonus)
    2. Technical leadership on large, multi-month project
    3. Desire to work collaboratively with a small team and a product manager

Other Requirements

  • Must enjoy working with in a small scrum team (3-6 engineers)
  • Demonstrated success on a team designing and building a new database + new RESTful APIs
  • Designed and built data migration jobs or other data-heavy software in the past
  • Demonstrated some experience successfully building Front End pages in Angular or React

Salary and Benefits

  • Comp structure = Base + Equity (Stock Options)
    • Base salary $140K - $175K depending on experience
    • Equity (Stock Options) included
  • Hybrid work culture. 1 day in office. 4 days remote.

GRIT and Company Values

  • Growth mindset
  • Results oriented
  • Ideal team player
  • Tiggers not Eeyores (Positive, uplifting attitudes)


iSpecimen offers a generous suite of comprehensive benefits. These include, but are not limited to, 10 paid holidays per year; discretionary (unlimited) paid time off for vacation, sick, or personal use; dental, vision, and life insurance and health savings accounts; flexible and employee spending accounts; parental leave; stock incentive plan;  professional development assistance; referral program; and a 401(K) retirement plan.

iSpecimen is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, pregnancy, disability, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.