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Software Engineer


Job description

About us

Owkin is an AI biotechnology company that uses AI to find the right treatment for every patient. We combine the best of human and artificial intelligence to answer the research questions shared by biopharma and academic researchers. By closing the translational gap between complex biology and new treatments, we bring new diagnostics and drugs to patients sooner.

Owkin has raised over $300 million and became a unicorn through investments from leading biopharma companies (Sanofi and BMS) and venture funds (Fidelity, GV and BPI, among others).

Owkin is seeking the best and brightest to join our fast-growing and dynamic team.

About the role:

As a Software Engineer, you will have the opportunity to build Owkin’s data network for drug and diagnostics development. A number of product areas are being developed including:

  • Substra, an open source application and framework for collaborative machine learning. This enhances the collaboration between data experts (e.g., medical expert, data engineer) and data scientists across multiple data centers. Substra makes it possible to train a machine learning model across multiple data centers storing highly sensitive data (federated learning). Learn more.
  • The data catalog and data science environment is a hybrid cloud environment built that secures access to rich multi-modal data at scale to enable discovery and development of new treatments, internally and in collaboration with pharma partners. The platform combines federated networks and modern cloud-based scalable computation and data management for bioinformatics and machine learning.
  • Collaboration tools support multi-disciplinary team-based machine learning, explainability and training of machine learning models
  • Security certification and privacy by design build trust with data partners and patients

You’ll work day-to-day in a team of 4-5 software engineers in close collaboration with the Tech Lead of the team. You will actively contribute to the technical design and implementation of the application mainly in Python and Go with Typescript/React in the front end.

In particular, you will:

  • Collaborate with a team to design and implement the data network
  • Develop and maintain the secure software systems
  • Improve the modularity and the performance of our solution
  • Improve the observability of the stack and increase its resiliency
  • Contribute to and improve our development tooling and processes.
  • Support production deployment and operations

Position is based in our Paris or Nantes offices or remotely.

About you

Required experience:

  • Proven experience as a Software Engineer
  • Full stack, front end or back end development roles are available
  • High autonomy, adaptability, and problem solving skills
  • Highly organized and meticulous about details
  • Strong team spirit
  • Willingness to work with Python and Go (back end)
  • Experience with Kubernetes and Helm (back end)
  • Experience with Typescript and React (front end)
  • Affinity for correct, scalable and secure software
  • Proficiency in English


  • Understanding of Machine Learning Principles or Bioinformatics
  • Distributed systems knowledge
  • Infrastructure as code
  • Familiarity with GCP, AWS, and/or Azure
  • Privacy enhancing technologies

What we offer

  • Competitive salary & excellent benefits package
  • Flexible work organization and access to remote work
  • Friendly and informal working environment
  • Opportunity to work with an international team with high technical and scientific backgrounds

Recruitment Process & Security

  • Please attach a CV.
  • Owkin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status or on the basis of disability.
  • Owkin is a great place to work. Unfortunately, being a coveted workplace means we are vulnerable to recruitment phishing scams. We urge all job seekers and candidates to be wary of potential scams. Most of these have individuals posing as representatives of prominent companies, including Owkin, with the aim of obtaining personal, sensitive, or financial information from applicants. These scams prey upon an individual’s desire to obtain a job and can sometimes “feel” like a genuine recruitment process. Some red flags are identified below. Should you encounter a recruitment process that claims to be for Owkin but is not consistent with the below, please do not provide any personal or financial information:
  • Legitimate Owkin recruitment processes include communication with candidates through recognized professional networks, such as LinkedIn. However, further
  • communication is always through an official Owkin email address (from the @owkin.com domain), over the phone or though Recruitment platforms (WelcomeKit, talent.io, hidden.market, Fifty Talent or Hiresweet);
  • Legitimate Owkin recruiters will not solicit personal data from candidates during the application phase including, but not limited to, date of birth, social security numbers, or bank account information;
  • Legitimate Owkin interviews may be conducted over the phone, in person, or via an approved enterprise videoconferencing service (such as Google Meets or Highfive). They will never occur via Signal, Telegram or Messenger
  • Legitimate Owkin offers of employment are based on merit and only extended once a candidate has interviewed with members of the hiring team. Offers will be extended both verbally and in written format. Owkin may request some personal information to initiate the hiring process, but this will be through protected means.

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