Bioinformatics Software Engineer

  • Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Work experience
  • Research, development, teaching
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Bioinformatics Software Engineer

Become Part of the BioNTech Family.

This position is based in Gaithersburg, MD at our newly formed research and clinical manufacturing site for BioNTech US. Together with the BioNTech US North American Headquarters in Cambridge, MA, both the Gaithersburg and Cambridge sites are an important part of our global effort to pioneer the development of next-generation immuno-oncology therapies that expects to experience significant growth in the near future. BioNTech US is a subsidiary of BioNTech SE with a strong foundation in Europe and a focus on the development of novel neoantigen-targeted T cell therapies, complementing BioNTech’s highly innovative scientific approach and diversified pipeline of transformative cancer medicines. As a key research and clinical development hub, BioNTech US will enable BioNTech’s growing presence in the US.

Here, you’ll achieve greatness.

Supporting BioNTech’s R&D team in the US by:
  • As a bioinformatics software engineer member of a computational biology team, be a key contributor into turning research prototypes of bioinformatics algorithms developed by other team members into robust and efficient production-grade R&D computational pipelines and small interactive applications in the cloud environment.
  • Help maintain and improve computing and data management environment.  

What you have to offer.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and 2 plus years’ experience in a software development (can be concurrent with the degree acquisition)
  • Expertise in developing robust, efficient and maintainable packages and distributed pipelines in Python or R in a Linux environment using workflow execution languages such as NextFlow, CWL or WDL
  • Experience with implementing UI of moderate complexity using R Shiny, Python Dash or JavaScript
  • Solid knowledge of good software engineering practices (Git version control workflows; automated testing harnesses; containerized deployment; continuous integration; deployment)
  • A taste for work in a small team of computational scientists where interaction is frequent, iterative and involves experimentation
  • Desire to try new approaches and tools, to search for necessary knowledge, to identify bottlenecks and improvise on the solutions.
Preferred Requirements: All development is done in the AWS cloud on self-managed EC2 Linux instances; some production workflows will have to be deployed onto Seven Bridges Genomics coding them in Common Workflow Language (CWL). Scientific code in the team is developed using both Python and R. Experience with all the above at once would be ideal.


Benefits for you.

BioNTech US is committed to the well being of our team members and offers a variety of benefits supporting our diverse employee base. Salaried/Position-Targeted Hourly Employees working 30+ hours per week are eligible for our comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include but are not limited to:
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life, AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance
  • HSA & FSA Spending Accounts
  • Health & Wellness, including free onsite gym access
  • Adoption & Surrogacy Assistance
  • Vacation and Unlimited Sick Time
  • Holidays and Floating Holidays, including discretionary winter shutdown
  • 401(K) Plan with Significant Company Match
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Professional Development
  • Commuting Assistance and free onsite parking
  • Discounted Home and Auto Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
Plus more benefits that will be shared upon hire!

Have we kindled your pioneering spirit?

Then apply now for our location Gaithersburg (MD) and simply send us your application documents using our online form.

For those who require assistance due to disability, or have questions prior to applying, please email

*BioNTech does not differentiate on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, color, sexual orientation or identity, disability, age and other protected statuses as given by applicable law. We are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Most important – it’s a match!