August 13, 2021

Bioimaging Software Engineer

Position: Bioimaging Software Engineer

Close date: Open until filled


About Newormics:

Newormics is an Austin-based biotechnology company, offering in vivo toxicology testing services using the small model organism, C. elegans. Newormics is the exclusive licensee of a microfluidic-based technology, vivoChip®, that allows high-throughput and high-content analysis of C. elegans for toxicology analysis and drug discovery. This platform has been sold to C. elegans researchers around the globe to streamline their image-based studies. At Newormics, we are fully committed to making high-impact social and economic contributions by helping companies bring safer chemicals and drugs to market cheaper and faster while reducing the need for animal testing.


Position description:

Newormics is seeking a Bioimaging Software Engineer to join our multidisciplinary team of biologists and engineers and become a contributor providing solutions for microscopy-based toxicology screening. This brand-new role will take part in scaling up our screening services via the development of software that assists not only our scientists but also clients worldwide in performing experiments, analyzing image-based data, and creating reports summarizing the results with statistical analysis of high-throughput screens. We seek highly motivated individuals who can independently make progess on their own deliverables while still working closely with other scientists and engineers in a highly collaborative environment. In return for your commitment, drive, and enthusiasm, an attractive compensation package is offered.


Position responsibilities:

The Bioimaging Software Engineer will be involved with all steps of the data pipeline, from experimental setup using automated liquid handling systems to microscope image acquisition to data processing/analysis to storage and organization within a searchable database. These extensive, multi-terabyte microscopy datasets are key to the toxicology services we provide; and the software to acquire, manage, and analyze these data must be robust and powerful yet user-friendly and intuitive to biology teams performing toxicology screens. Working closely with these end users will be essential in developing this software system. As such, strong communication skills are critically essential for this role.


As an early member of the company, you will play an important role in growing the company, guiding and continually shaping the trajectory of our software solutions for high-throughput screening. As the company expands, you will have the opportunity to build your team and become one of the technical leaders of the company. When the company rolls out its Employee Share Option Program, you will be eligible to participate in the equity sharing along with your company teammates.


Position requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering, biomedical engineering, or electrical engineering
  • 3-5+ years of experience
    • With a postgraduate degree, fewer years of experience will be considered
  • Proficiency in Python, including image processing packages (OpenCV, Pillow, etc.) and I/O packages (pySerial, etc.)
    • Experience working with microscopes and image-based studies preferred
  • Experience in C++
  • Experience in interfacing with peripheral scientific equipment (e.g., microscopes, stages, light sources, cameras) via software integrations
  • Experience building and maintaining relational databases
  • Experience in computer vision, image processing, and 3D data manipulation
  • Experience developing GUIs (PyQt)
  • Must demonstrate strong attention to detail and careful execution of tasks to accomplish the goals in collaboration with other team members

Position desired skills:

As a member of a startup, a person in this role will be expected to “wear many hats” and any additional skills you may have to offer that are not explicitly listed in this job description could prove valuable to the team. Please feel free to share any additional experience you believe might be helpful to our team in your cover letter. Some examples include the following:

  • IT, networking, and data storage
  • Machine learning
  • Cloud development
  • Website development
  • Experience with microcontrollers
  • Automation of laboratory equipment

Recruitment Process:

The position will be open until filled. If you are interested send a cover letter with your CV to Applications without a cover letter will not be considered ahead of applications that include a cover letter. If you are selected, the next step will be a web-based and/or onsite interview as travel restrictions allow. The appropriate travel arrangements will be coordinated with the selected applicants in connection with the hiring process.

Newormics Non-Discrimination Policy:

Newormics is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law.

Newormics will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, under applicable law and as Federal funding application provisions allow.