Software Engineer

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LifeFoundry is a startup in the University of Illinois Research Park that uses fully automated synthetic biology to engineer organisms for production of value-added chemicals. Using robotics and advanced algorithms we hope to take biotechnology R&D to a whole new level.

We are looking for an intern/co-op software engineer to join us in revolutionizing biotechnology research. You will work closely with our team on developing smart devices and systems to enable novel functionalities of our robotic high-throughput biomanufacturing platform which performs cutting-edge biotechnology research.

The robotic research platform you will help build can increase the throughput in biotech R&D by orders of magnitude, eliminate human error, and produce chemicals for a variety of applications. We would love to have you on board for this exciting journey!


·       Programming different software components interacting and supporting the robotic platform

·       Building databases to facilitate the automated processes


·       This position is open to students in CS, CompE, EE, and related majors with junior standing or above.

·       At least one year of related experience

·       Proficient in Python, C++ and Database design

·       Preferably skilled in image processing, robotics, AI/ML, GUI design, microcontroller, and software engineering background

·       Excited to join a fast-paced interdisciplinary team working on a variety of challenging projects

·       Self-motivated and able to work under minimal supervision

·       Able to solve problems with methodical and critical thinking

We’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the application form and send your resume to and we will contact you to learn more about you and how can your skills match our needs. For more, please visit

At LifeFoundry, we embrace diversity and are committed to attract qualified candidates with all backgrounds.