LIMS Systems Analyst

insitro inc
South San Francisco, CA
May 22, 2022
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Opportunity
At insitro, we are shaping the future of drug discovery by combining human biology and machine learning to discover new therapeutics. At the heart of our strategy is the true partnership between various disciplines and expertises to produce large and high quality data sets that will drive machine learning and yield key biological insights. 

You will be joining a highly collaborative and dynamic research environment where we aim to advance the rate of scientific discovery using purposefully built solutions. You will work closely with a very talented team of distinguished scientists and engineers. 

You will directly contribute to shaping insitro’s culture, strategic direction, and outcomes, with many opportunities for significant and diverse impact across several functions and disciplines.
With long-term stability thanks to significant funding, this is an exciting time to join us in leading the way to better medicines, with the integration of machine learning and biology at scale.

The Role
The Software Engineering team is seeking a talented and highly motivated systems analyst to join us in supporting the development and maintenance of the critical lab software applications supporting our scientific goals.

The successful candidate will develop a deep understanding of our lab software and related scientist’s needs, to support the operations of our lab software by:
- Maintaining critical configuration data supporting our lab software operations & lifecycle (both built in-house and third-party, particularly Benchling) 
- Implementing SQL views / scripting queries supporting decision making / dashboard reporting solutions such as Metabase 
- Provide regular metrics around user adoption & data integrity / quality to the LIMS team 
- Identify and manage data quality and integrity issues through resolution
- Maintain query tools as part of a collaborative team based on technical content expertise in a scientific field, such as molecular biology or chemistry
- Assist scientists in establishing lab notebook templates 
- Create documentation and training for scientists using our LIMS systems
- Train and support scientists and lab operators in capturing and tracking data in LIMS 

About You
In building our team, we look for people who share the collaborative, rigorous and scientific spirit of our culture. The successful candidate will possess:
- Bachelor in computational or life sciences, or equivalent experience / education.
- 4+ years of relevant work experience, as an analyst, data entry or software engineer / lab operations, within a scientific or laboratory environment, preferably involving all phases of software lifecycle.
- Deep understanding of relational databases & data pipeline concepts
- Proficiency in SQL
- A bias to action, and the ability to operate effectively under an ambiguous, rapidly changing environment, with a strong learning mindset and attention to details.
- Excellent analytical and synthesis skills, with the ability to understand complex scientific problems and collaboratively develop reliable solutions that evolve predictably in a rapidly changing environment.
- Strong track record in producing high quality software metrics for the product and engineering teams.
- Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with audiences of diverse backgrounds, expertise and roles.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish solid relationships and elicit cooperation from a variety of end users

Nice to Haves:
- Wet lab experience in an early stage research or drug discovery environment.
- Familiarity, or exposure, to cell culture, high-throughput screening, imaging, sequencing and functional assays, and their related computational methods.
- Experience in high-end engineering technologies in the biotechnology space
- Familiarity with tools such as Jira, Confluence
- Familiarity with Python, Django
- Familiarity with LIMS software, especially Benchling, is a strong plus
- Familiarity with AWS Infrastructure

Benefits at insitro
- Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage; insitro pays 100% of premiums for employees
- Excellent mental health and well-being support
- Open vacation policy
- Access to free onsite baristas and cafe with daily lunch and breakfast
- Access to free onsite fitness center
- Commuter benefits
- Paid parental leave
- Competitive pay and 401(k) matching
- Flexible work schedule (on site and remote)

About insitro
insitro is a data-driven drug discovery and development company using machine learning and data at scale to transform the way that drugs are discovered and developed for patients. insitro is developing predictive machine learning models to discover underlying biologic state based on human cohort data and in-house generated cellular data at scale. These predictive models can be brought to bear on key bottlenecks in pharmaceutical R&D to advance novel targets and patient biomarkers, design therapeutics, and inform clinical strategy. insitro is advancing a wholly owned and partnered pipeline of biologic insights and molecules in neuroscience and metabolic diseases. Since formation in mid 2018, insitro has raised over $700 million from top tech, biotech, and crossover investors and from collaborations with pharmaceutical partners. For more information on insitro, please visit the company’s website at