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Director of Infrastructure

Oakland, CA
Full Time
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Mission to reshape science

At Riffyn, we think beyond the conventional. We dream big. Our mission is to help accelerate the science that improves all of our lives and our planet’s quality and sustainability.

Riffyn believes there is a better way to approach research and development. And that is to empower scientists to make better decisions and faster discoveries by unlocking the power of data. Our technology and people change lives by driving advancements in biological research, medicines, sustainability, and more. If that inspires you, join us.

Life at Riffyn

Life at Riffyn is about working with teammates who are deeply passionate about what we do because we know that our work has the power to change lives. We approach our work with trust and honesty. And we’ve built a diverse team and culture fuelled by collaboration and openness.

Our employees developed our five core values — our ethos, and these extend beyond the work we do and into how we support each other. We are continually evolving to ensure that every employee feels appreciated and encouraged to do what matters for themselves, the company, and each other.

Riffyn’s core values

  • Get there honestly – have the courage to take the right path
  • Do what matters – own the why of the work we do
  • Make it fun – humor separates us from the machines
  • Work well together – trust builds the strongest teams
  • Keep evolving – challenge the status quo

The role

We are looking for a Director of Infrastructure to lead and build DevOps and SRE team working on our flagship Riffyn Nexus product. We develop distributed, enterprise grade, SaaS software that allows our users to design scientific processes and gather experimental data to enable analytics at scale, while keeping our customers compliant with industry regulations.

The Director of Infrastructure will play a critical role helping to advance Riffyn’s development and production infrastructure, leading our DevOps and SRE process, including deployment, monitoring, instrumentation and overall infrastructure management.


  • Manage and maintain roadmaps and process for infrastructure engineering/operations teams including SRE, Platform Engineering, Database Operations, and CloudOps
  • Set the long-term technical direction and strategy of the Infrastructure Org
  • Champion reliability, performance and scale of Riffyn’s cloud infrastructure (AWS)
  • Support, grow, and mentor Managers and individual contributors in your org
  • Co-own OpEx planning and execution with the VP of Engineering, heavily focused on building financial models in partnership with the Engineering and Finance leadership..
  • Leads and coordinates the activities of the project(s) with responsibility for results in terms of timelines, cost objectives, and process implementation
  • Responsible for budgets within his/her/their department and resource planning to meet project objectives
  • Work to further develop architectural patterns of large geo-distributed SaaS infrastructure and applications.
  • Foster long-term thinking and innovation in a complex space to ensure Riffyn Nexus can scale rapidly to meet growing demand.
  • Validate architecture, technical plans, and roadmaps with key stakeholders.

Your background and skills

  • 8+ years of engineering management experience in building and scaling an infrastructure team operating high scale cloud infrastructure
  • Experience driving career growth for early-in-career, mid-level and senior infrastructure engineers.
  • Experience in compliance or federated or security-focused environments.
  • Experience managing multiple teams within infrastructure (DB, SRE, Platform Eng, CloudOps).
  • Experience with hiring skilled, diverse talent.
  • The ability to synthesize all inputs and develop a very crisp infrastructure roadmap
  • A proven track record of operating reliable, scalable, secure, cost-effective infrastructure
  • Document technical environments, processes and procedures, testing plans, project plans
  • Orchestrating infrastructure initiative efforts across multiple diverse project teams.
  • Significant experience with AWS or other cloud providers.
  • Working knowledge of IaC, Kubernetes and Docker.
  • Nice to have experience: Node.js, MongoDB, Python, REST API, PostGres, Elastic Search
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Self-directed, analytical, and comfortable working in a team environment.
  • B.S. or higher in Computer Engineering or Computer Science.


If you thrive in a fast-paced, down-to-earth, collaborative, and mission-driven environment, Riffyn is the place for you. Join the journey of a lifetime and be at the forefront of the next revolution of scientific discovery. Apply with your CV, and if applicable, a cover letter, and any portfolio of materials that illustrate your skills (presentations, websites, data analysis, etc.).

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