Senior Backend Engineer

Rune Labs

Rune Labs

Software Engineering
Remote · United States · Canada
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Rune Labs
Rune Labs is a software and data analytics company for precision neurology, supporting care delivery and therapy development, advancing data-driven therapies for diseases such as Parkinson’s, MS, OCD, and other neurological conditions. Rune aims to fill the gap in software and data support for next-generation neuroscience therapeutics, and expand the benefits of precision medicine to the millions of patients with neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. We’re revenue-generating and well-funded by top-tier investors.
Rune’s first-in-class precision brain data software platform integrates electrophysiology, brain imaging, and device data together with wearable data and clinical labels. The combination provides researchers, drug developers, and clinicians with the tools to guide treatment, uncover hidden disease phenotypes, and design better-targeted therapies.
StrivePD is our care delivery ecosystem for Parkinson’s disease, enabling patients and clinicians to better manage Parkinson’s by providing access to curated dashboards summarizing a range of patient data sources, and by connecting patients to clinical trials. For therapeutics development, biopharma and medical device companies leverage Rune’s technology, network of engaged clinicians and patients, and large longitudinal real-world datasets to expedite development programs.
The Job
This is an opportunity to do challenging work on our cloud platform, which handles biometric data recorded directly from inside the human brain (you read right), wearables like the Apple Watch, and our iOS apps. This role is on the Platform Team, with a particular focus on data processing and ML.
Core Responsibilities
  • Design, implement, test, and maintain software for our data pipeline, with a particular focus on how time series data is ingested, transformed, and stored.
  • Productize machine learning models and other data transformations that are developed by our internal Data Science and Neuroscience teams. You will collaborate closely with the science teams to adapt their research to our production data pipeline.
  • Share responsibility for production. We’re not perfect, but our infrastructure is fully automated and our stack is instrumented with observability, CI/CD, and strong security practices. You will be responsible for upholding and improving these practices, including writing tests and validating your work before it hits production. You will also participate in an on-call rotation.
  • Mentor and be mentored. Give and receive thoughtful feedback on feature design, code reviews, and more.
  • Be part of a culture of explicit ethical consideration. We apply these considerations to ourselves, our team, and the patients whose data we are entrusted with.
Minimum Requirements
  • At least 3 years as a backend software engineer, building cloud-native applications (we’re on AWS).
  • Professional experience with Python.
  • A track record of using unit and integration testing frameworks to provide high test coverage for your projects.
  • Experience building and/or deploying ML models (e.g. with tools like MLFlow, AWS SageMaker, Weights & Biases)
  • Direct experience working on projects that included at least one of the following:
    • ETL pipelines
    • Asynchronous/job-based execution (e.g. queues, pub/sub, web sockets)
    • Handling of sensitive data (e.g. medical, emergency services, financial)
    • Storing and querying time series data
Skills We Look For
  • You have good attention to detail. The data we ingest is complicated and sometimes messy – having a robust, scalable, and reliable data pipeline is critical to everything that we build.
  • You are comfortable collaborating outside of engineering, including making software concepts accessible to non-engineers and asking questions about domains that are outside your area of expertise (e.g. neuroscience research!).
  • Your code is well-commented, well-structured, readable, and maintainable by another human being. You have a strong sense of ownership, but don’t growl anytime someone comes near your code.
  • You have a strong belief in automated unit and integration tests, and you’re diligent about monitoring your features and services in production.
  • You are eager to help teammates brainstorm and debug, and you're willing to ask for help when you need it.
  • You are comfortable working on a remote team that is distributed across timezones (in North America).
Practical Stuff
  • You must reside and be authorized to work in either the U.S. or Canada.
  • We are a fully remote team within the US and Canada. We ask everyone to be available in general for collective team meeting hours from 10-2 Pacific (1-5 Eastern) daily.


  • Salary ranges displayed reflect the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by factors including job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, and location.
    • For a US-based employee: $175,000 - $185,000 (USD), plus benefits and equity.
    • For a Canada-based employee: $175,000 - $195,000 (CAD), plus benefits and equity.
  • Full health, vision, and dental benefits for you and your dependents. Check out our benefits details here.

More About Us

We look for strong alignment with Rune’s values: learn about our work culture and expectations at Rune on our website. We are committed to treating each other well, building a diverse and representative team, and continually working to improve the cooperation and inclusivity of our org. Anyone meeting the minimum requirements for an open role is strongly encouraged to apply.