Software Engineer Lead

Software Engineer Lead

What we do

Within the biotech industry, one slice of innovation has been rapidly gaining prominence given the urgent focus on antiviral solutions: protein chromatography.

Practichem, based in Raleigh, NC, using a patented instrumentation platform, has already attracted recognized international biotech brands. For the first time on a larger scale, driven by need, Practichem’s advances are recognized as more than instrumentation – but also a disruptive, competitive advantage in speeding cures to market.

Practichem believes scientific instrument software should be as intuitive to use as a smart phone app. We’re setting a new standard for the laboratory by creating browser based software that runs our scientific instruments. Help us drive innovation to the laboratory for greater discovery and collaboration.

Who we are

Practichem is a different kind of company and we like it that way. We have incredibly high standards and hire exceptional people who enjoy pushing themselves to perform at their highest levels every day. Join our team and enjoy an environment that appreciates hard work and achievements. 

What we expect

You are a technical leader. You appreciate a start-up environment free from bureaucracy. You thrive on open discussion. You guide teams to meet goals and produce exciting software that scientists want to use. You devote much of your time to writing high quality, production code. We assume you work well with others, and running with scissors is strictly up to you

This must excite you. You must be curious and practical. You must be a builder. You will be expected to challenge and be challenged, to create and innovate. Practichem's work style is not for everyone. 

What you will do

  • Build and lead a development team 

  • Debug code

  • Manage software development tools; refactoring code; creating architectural designs; creating user interface designs; and developing algorithms.

  • Create and present designs and engage in technical reviews.

  • Research and propose solutions.

  • Identify and propose improvements to software development processes, tools, and  environment.

  • Prepare and present technical information to departmental, cross-departmental, executive, or external groups.

  • Provide subject matter expertise, mentor others, and reach out for help when needed.

  • Juggle fast changing priorities, be process minded, and detail driven, and coach your team to do the same.

Preferred experience and skills

  • Professional engineer with 10+ years of software experience

  • Scientific background a major plus

  • Technical leadership in scaling teams

  • Academic background in computer science

  • Methodologies to build software for enterprise customers 

  • Web technologies such as Java, REST, Websockets, node, and python

  • Web frameworks such as React or angular

  • Testing infrastructures like Jenkins, Maven, and Selenium

  • Demonstrated ability to write efficient, reusable, and testable code

  • Agile Kanban

  • Start-up environment experience

What we offer

  • Competitive compensation and benefits. We work reasonable hours and rarely get called on nights, weekends, or holidays.

  • We support remote work.

  • You'll work alongside other accomplished engineers and scientists.

  • Choose a Mac or a PC. You can run Windows or a Linux distro.

  • Join Practichem and get $500 in cozy cash to set your workspace how you want. Buy a super mouse, a wrist thingy, a special chair, plant, mood ring, or maybe a Maneki-neko?


Make sure you’re having fun at work -- meet new friends, push yourself in new ways, try new things. If you aren’t having fun at some level, you’ll be unhappy. We don’t want that. We want you to work hard, love what you do, and have fun.

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