Site Reliability Engineer (SRE / DevOps), LondonIsomorphic Labs

London 24-09-2023

Site Reliability Engineer (SRE / DevOps), London or Lausanne

We are looking for experienced engineers - Senior, Principal, Staff or equivalent levels.

Isomorphic Labs is a new Alphabet company that is reimagining drug discovery through a computational- and AI-first approach.

We are on a mission to accelerate the speed, increase the efficacy and lower the cost of drug discovery. You'll be working at the cutting edge of the new era of 'digital biology' to deliver a transformative social impact for the benefit of millions of people. 

Come and be part of a multi-disciplinary team driving groundbreaking innovation and play a meaningful role in contributing towards us achieving our ambitious goals, while being a part of an inspiring, collaborative and entrepreneurial culture.

Your impact 

You will be working on our groundbreaking ML-based software platform that will transform the biopharmaceutical world as we know it.

Working in a highly creative, iterative environment, you will work alongside leading engineers, scientists and ML researchers to build the platform that is central to our mission. 

We’re still at a relatively early stage in our journey, with a level of ambiguity as we continuously learn from each other, so you will need to build on your previous experience and show initiative in order to fully carve out your contribution in this newly created role.

What you will do

  • Build and operate processes and tools for effective operational management of research and production software, and to to enable and enhance effective software development practices
  • Operate and manage research, development, and production cloud infrastructure and systems (GCP, K8s, Docker, Terraform, Kapitan, etc.)
  • Partner and collaborate with a diverse set of teams including science (drug discovery), research (machine learning), product, business development and operations 
  • Contribute to core technical decisions (e.g. choice of tooling, infrastructure, and architectural design)

Skills and qualifications 


  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform and at least one major Cloud Platform
  • Experience with CI/CD, Release management and DevOps related technologies
  • Strong Python programming (other programming languages will also be considered, but there is a preference for Python) and Shell Scripting 
  • Clear understanding of Infrastructure as Code, Immutable infrastructure and relevant mindset
  • Experience with Helm/Kustomize/Kapitan or similar deployment tools
  • Experience with Grafana/Prometheus/Splunk or similar monitoring/observability technologies
  • Experience building secure/scalable platforms/products on cloud
  • Practical experience with modern SRE/DEVOPS lifecycle, tools, and frameworks

Nice to have

  • MLOps frameworks and tooling experience are highly desirable
  • Experience building, deploying and maintaining production systems on GCP
  • Strong foundations in software engineering before moving into a technical operations role
  • Experience supporting both production systems and Machine Learning team/pipelines
  • Comfortable with identifying security risks and implementing measures to mitigate them
  • Basic knowledge of biology / chemistry
  • Pharma and/or biotech industry experience, ideally with a focus on drug discovery
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a related technical field, or equivalent experience

Culture and values

What does it take to be successful at IsoLabs? It's not about finding people who think and act in the same way, but we do have some shared values:

Thoughtful at Iso is about curiosity, creativity and care. It is about good people doing good, rigorous and future-making science every single day.

Brave at Iso is about fearlessness, but it’s also about initiative and integrity. The scale of the challenge demands nothing less.

Determined at Iso is the way we pursue our goal. It’s a confidence in our hypothesis, as well as the urgency and agility needed to deliver on it. Because disease won’t wait, so neither should we.

In this together
Together at Iso is about connection, collaboration across fields and catalytic relationships. It’s knowing that transformation is a group project, and remembering that what we’re doing will have a real impact on real people everywhere.

Creating an inclusive company

We realise that to be successful we need our teams to reflect and represent the populations we are striving to serve. We’re working to build a supportive and inclusive environment where collaboration is encouraged and learning is shared. We value diversity of experience, knowledge, backgrounds and perspectives and harness these qualities to create extraordinary impact. 

We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or related condition (including breastfeeding) or any other basis protected by applicable law. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Hybrid working

It’s hugely important for us to be able to share knowledge and establish relationships with each other, and we find it easier to do this if we spend time together in person. This is why we’ve decided to follow a hybrid model, and would require you to be able to come into the office 3 days a week (currently Tue, Wed, and one other day depending on which team you’re in).  As an equal opportunities employer we are committed to building an equal and inclusive team. If you have additional needs that would prevent you from following this hybrid approach, we’d be happy to talk through these if you’re selected for an initial screening call.

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