Staff DevOps Engineer | Karius

Staff DevOps Engineer

Karius is a venture-backed life science startup that is transforming the way pathogens and other microbes are observed throughout the body.  By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we're helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, providing industry partners with access to 1000’s of biomarkers to accelerate clinical trials, discovering new microbes, and reducing patient suffering worldwide.

Position Summary:
We are building and operating a unique software stack of cloud infrastructure, services, APIs, and AI-driven data analytics pipelines to deliver life-saving results via effective experiences for healthcare providers in the highly complex infectious disease landscape. We believe the success of Karius products is driven by both our unique technology and the elegance of the software solution.  

We seek talented and passionate individuals who want to be part of this impactful journey reaching the team’s ambitious goals, far beyond what any single individual could accomplish. The first DevOps engineer in the team is the automation master of the engineering department. The Staff DevOps Engineer is responsible for establishing a DevOps framework, developing and operating the software engineering infrastructure that enables life-saving information delivered to physicians for treatment of harmful pathogens causing infections. This infrastructure includes the cloud infrastructure, code asset management and CI/CD pipelines, quality and release gates, containers and clusters that run several software systems and services, and observability and monitoring tools.  

Reports to: VP of Engineering

Location: Redwood City, CA

Primary Responsibilities:
- Develop and execute a roadmap to take our software infrastructure operation to the next level of scale and agility for the upcoming growth. This will include:
- Infrastructure as code, fully automated provisioning and de-provisioning of our product stack with seeds data;
- Code lifecycle management;
- Continuous integration and delivery;
- Change management and release quality gates compliant with life science and diagnostic industry regulations;
- Platform for automated testing and quality measurement throughout the development lifecycle;
- Production monitoring and support;
- Backup and disaster recovery;
- The first-tier support for the production environment. Monitors, triages and routes issues to the appropriate parties.
- Brings new ideas, designs and tools to the table, drives technical discussions and decision making related to the provisioning and operation of the software stack.

Position Requirements:
First and foremost, you are energized and motivated by the opportunity to build an elegant software. You enjoy seeing your creation work like a clock positively impacting thousands of people every year. You crave tough challenges in a super technical and collaborative environment that require creativity and vision to navigate complex and ambiguous problems.  

- BS or MS degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related technical fields involving algorithms or coding (e.g., physics or mathematics)
- 10+ years of software engineering and infrastructure development and operation, including:
- 4+ years of cloud engineering experience with at least one of the leading public cloud platforms (AWS, GCP, Azure)
- 2+ years of experience in running cloud services using containers and cluster management tools such as Docker, Kubernetes, Helm, Istio;
- 2+ years of developing and operating continuous integrations and deployments;
- Advanced programming skills in developing and operating software in cloud environments using Java, Scala, or Python
- Expert knowledge and working experience with:
- Unix based operating systems 
- Automation frameworks and toolsets such as CloudFormation, Terraform, Ansible, Chef, Jenkins, etc.
- Code repositories (like Git) and artifact repositories (like Artifactory)
- Building and running monitoring, logging and support of production environments using tools such as New Relic, ELK stack, Prometheus, Grafana, DataDog, OpsGenie etc.
- Networking: VPCs, traffic routing, DNS, load balancing etc.
- Security best practices and controls such as RBAC, OWASP;
- Designing, analyzing and troubleshooting large-scale distributed systems in production environments;
- Systematic problem-solving and debugging, coupled with strong communication skills and a sense of ownership and drive;
- Ability and desire to work on and support all aspects of software development in an agile environment including documentation, design, development, and testing of features and sub-systems;
- Experience in healthcare or life sciences industry, and familiarity with related regulations is a big plus.

Personal Qualifications:
- Passionate, purpose-driven, and excited about Karius’ mission.
- Mastered your craft yet eager to learn and grow.
- Demonstrated ability to tackle complex problems.
- Ability to work independently but also be an excellent team player.
- Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast paced (startup) environment. 


Physical Requirements:
Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office environment. 

At Karius, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees and are committed to honor and invest in the full diversity of people, in our hiring, recruiting and development of employees across the Company.  All qualified applicants for employment are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application due to a disability, please contact us at and we will accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.

Redwood City, CA