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Senior Operations Engineer (DevOps)

Oakland, CA / Denver, CO / Remote
Full Time
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This position is open to candidates based in Oakland, CA, Denver, CO, and remote employees based in the US.

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 ethos

  • 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

Our team is seeking an experienced SRE/DevOps Engineer willing to be a hands-on player-mentor with strong development and communication skills.

You will participate in developing infrastructural requirements, deployment, and performance tuning phases of software development, as well as analyzing current technology utilized within the company and helping develop steps and processes to improve and expand upon them.


  • Participate in discussions, analysis, design, and testing; solve complex technical problems; provide alternative methods for achieving goals when necessary.
  • Provide strategic planning, guidance and make recommendations to senior team members on technical strategies and work with groups within the company to establish technical best practices, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Monitor technology trends and evaluate emerging technologies and make recommendations on adoption and implementation.
  • Ensure work completion within schedule, budgetary, and design constraints.

Your background and skills

  • · 5+ years of experience working on a DevOps, Build, Infrastructure, or Platform Engineering team with a focus on cloud technologies
  • 5+ years of experience leading technical projects with a team of engineers
  • Container orchestration using Kubernetes required
  • Cloud infrastructure monitoring systems including Prometheus
  • Experience with ElasticSearch and MongoDB are a big plus
  • Bachelors or Masters in CS, or equivalent experience
  • Experience provisioning and configuring repeatable, highly available infrastructure using tools such as Terraform, Chef, Ansible, etc.
  • Proficient in Linux, Shell and Python
  • Outstanding & proactive oral and written communication skills - with colleagues, mentees, and customers
  • Experience with build automation, security and performance monitoring tools
  • Hands-on attitude, while also maintaining a strategic view of gaps and execution plans
  • Strong customer relationship skills, consensus building skills, and ability to establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment.


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, cover letter, and any portfolio of materials that illustrate your skills (presentations, websites, data analysis, etc.).

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Midnight Wilkinson

Midnight Wilkinson is a business administration professional with over a decade of experience in both Human Resources and executive office administration. Midnight has worked in many different industries, including construction and manufacturing but has focused on technology startups for over 5 years and is continually excited by the energy in this sector. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Midnight is committed to building a culture of growth, integrity, and balance. She grew up in San Francisco (via South America) and is now a resident of the East Bay and enjoys communing with nature as well as the joys of urban living equally.

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