Backend Developer

Santa Fe, NM, United States
Jul 28, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

OpenEye Scientific, an industry leader in computational molecular design, uses a scientific approach to deliver rapid, robust, and scalable software, toolkits, and technology & design services for the advancement of pharmaceuticals, biologics, agrochemicals, and flavors and fragrances. We are passionate about science and about taking care of our team members, with leaders supporting your development and recognizing your contributions by providing an unmatched total compensation package in a collaborative, caring, energetic and fun work environment.

Orion is a container-based scientific workflow system written in Go and Python. While there are some interesting workflow and container orchestration systems out there, none deliver the flexibility in using legacy applications and toolkits, ease of use, scalability, and reliability that we are targeting. Our system is made up of Floe, a Python workflow framework, and a cloud-based workflow runtime and user interface leveraging many technologies, including Django, Docker, and AWS.

More about Orion and the science being done on it:

Below is a summary of a few of the scientific problems being solved with Orion:

Molecular Dynamics


  • Developed with Industry & Academic s/w, collaboration (OpenMM, Open Force Field)
  • Uses a combination of CPUs, GPUs (several types)
  • Relies on Elastic parallelism


Crystal Structure Prediction




  • Leverages open source quantum mechanical code: Psi4
  • Requires iterating on science & tech. problems
  • Each iteration requires 10,000-100,000 CPU hours
  • Multiple iterations per day


The largest molecular Docking calculations ever run




  • 43B molecules (Enamine Real, Stereo Expanded)
  • ~24 hours on 30,000 CPUs
  • 41TB result

Large Scale Virtual Screening (FastROCS)


  • Powered by OpenEye Toolkits:
  • Searches 10^11 conformers
  • Less than one-hour search, including setup and teardown of machines
  • 43B molecules (Enamine Real) searched routinely in about 30 minutes


What you should have:




  • B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent experience followed by
  • 3+ years of experience in a senior developer or architect role
  • Knowledge of algorithms used in Distributed Systems, and practical experience with them
  • Python
  • GoLang
  • PostgreSQL


The following are a PLUS, but not required:




  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Containerization
  • Django
  • C++


OpenEye will not be providing work visa sponsorship for this position.

Please submit your cover letter and resume together, as one document.


OpenEye is passionate about the welfare of its employees and offers competitive benefits that include medical, dental, vision, fitness allowance, 401k retirement plans, paid vacation, paid sick leave, home internet costs, public transportation reimbursement, flexible working schedule, and much more.