Product Owner-Senior Engineer

9880 Campus Point Dr #210, San Diego, CA 92121 Software Full-time
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Element Biosciences is a multi-disciplinary startup focused on innovating genetic analysis tools for the research and clinical markets. The Company's technology will broaden the end user experience through improved data quality and simplified workflows to benefit discoveries and diagnosis in healthcare.

Element is actively looking for an experienced Software Systems Engineer to join the Software Product Design team. The Software Product Design team’s goal is to define, guide, and verify seamless end-user experiences. You are a strong self-starter with the confidence and discipline to help design a complete sequencing solution with the necessary software interfaces to the chemistry, hardware, manufacturing, and downstream analysis systems. You will be responsible for working with stakeholders across the organization to provide the best solutions possible. 


Given company level initiatives, own, prioritize, and manage product backlogs, creating epics, user stories, and requirements and organizing scrum teams around the work

  • Work with internal and external customers to analyze the needs and align product roadmap to strategic goals
  • Solve product-related problems, make decisions, and complete trade-off analyses to stay on track towards business deliverable commitments
  • Take ownership to be the system Subject Matter Expert, spending time to understand the software architecture and interfaces
  • Work with instrument, cloud and bioinformatic software teams to ensure interfaces are optimal and efficient
  • Transform operational and customer needs into technical descriptions and design specifications for the software system
  • Lead the requirement gathering process and perform requirement analysis and risk analysis
  • Act as a liaison to the product manager, operations, and development teams to coordinate inter-dependencies and ensure overall product delivery, maintaining necessary project management deliverables
  • Assist in troubleshooting problems during development and product sustaining
  • Drive system design forward with the end-user as a focus
  • Own and maintain software requirements specifications and risk analysis documents
  • Take key initiatives, find paths forward, track progress, and deliver key feature sets for customers with little oversight
  • Work as part of a team to design, implement, integrate, and test the software that enables the development and use of Element’s sequencing instrumentation


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Programming, Bioengineering, Computer Science, or related field
  • 3-8 years in the Life Science Industry with knowledge of DNA sequencing preferred OR a strong desire to learn
  • Experience with cloud SaaS, data analysis, and instrumentation software development teams
  • Experience with requirement generation, management, and solution architecture
  • Experience with project management and product management (technical emphasis)
  • Experience working with software development teams leveraging the following languages/technologies: Go, React, MongoDB, Redis, gRPC, GraphQL (preferred)
  • Strong self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity and good at organizing a development team around a vision or feature set
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and strategic skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Be able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Experience in participating in cross-organizational or inter-company collaboration
  • Organization and multi-tasking skills that strike a balance among validation/verification, requirements analysis, customer interaction and project oversight

We are passionate about our mission to develop high performing products to study genomics in an unprecedented flexibility and to understand biology for the improvement of healthcare. We have built a highly efficient product-driven organization where employees can learn, grow and thrive in a challenging but encouraging environment.  We are committed to scientific integrity, collegiality, honesty, objectivity, and openness.   We offer excellent benefits, which include a 401K plan, competitive health benefits, flexible vacation, and equity incentives.