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Senior Site Reliability Engineer

Formation Bio

Formation Bio

Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

About Formation Bio

At Formation Bio, we are building the pharma company of the future , redefining drug development with our proprietary, tech-driven platform, focused on bringing new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.

At Formation Bio we license clinical stage drug assets and develop them in-house using our proprietary, technology-driven platform. Over the past few years, we have been able to significantly expedite the drug development process, evidenced by our acceleration of over 300 clinical trials and reducing trial durations by up to 50%. This innovation translates to getting life-saving drugs to market 1-3 years faster, where we specialize in partnering with and nurturing in-house clinical-stage drugs. Our diverse team of experts come from across multiple industries, combining the best of tech and pharma talent.

Join our culture of innovation where your work directly contributes to transforming patient care in areas such as rheumatology, dermatology, CNS, and cardiometabolic diseases. Our dynamic environment blends advanced technology with strategic drug development, speeding up the delivery of new treatments. Here, every role plays a part in our mission to bring new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.

About the Position

As a Senior Site Reliability Engineer supporting Product Engineering, you will play an important role in shaping the future of drug development at Formation Bio. This position involves enabling the organization to ship more reliable products faster, without toil or roadblocks, to enable our business and accelerate the drug development process.

In this role, you will collaborate closely with engineers, product managers, and domain experts in the drug development field to design, build, and implement software

infrastructure solutions to provide a stable foundation for our drug development platform. You will develop high-quality infrastructure software, design and implement standard architecture patterns, and help drive the strategic direction of our projects. You will lead change and promote SRE culture throughout the company.

This position is ideal for an engineer who is passionate about continuous improvement, stable and secure platforms, and SRE culture. Your expertise in software development, automation, diagnostics, and observability will be instrumental in driving Formation Bio’s mission to bring new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.


  • Consult with Product Engineers on the development and deployment of secure, observable, reliable software. Design new solutions to fill gaps, and see them through from concept to implementation.
  • Research, develop and maintain infrastructure services including load balancers, databases, secrets management. You will maintain IaaS cloud resources as well as hosted solutions in a range of operating environments including development, staging, and production.
  • Author, review, maintain and optimize Terraform code, container images, CI/CD pipelines for infrastructure, shared services, and products.
  • Write, review, and provide feedback on requirements and design documents as well as operating and maintenance procedures.
  • Knowledge sharing, training, and mentoring for engineers on infrastructure and SRE fundamentals throughout the organization.
  • Participate in a support rotation during business hours.

About You

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 5-10 years experience as a Site Reliability Engineer, Systems Administrator, Infrastructure or DevOps Engineer, or similar relevant experience focusing on infrastructure management and automation.
  • Exceptional collaboration and communication skills to effectively engage and work along stakeholders from diverse disciplines and varying levels of technical expertise.
  • Experience managing or coordinating technical projects, including resource budgeting, estimates, tracking, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience with AWS (including ECS/Fargate, ALB, Lambda, RDS) and the full end-to-end process of modern software development in a containerized environment.
  • Experience managing multiple shared COTS and FOSS software applications in a multi-tenant environment.
  • Experience with Bash, CircleCI, Docker, HashiCorp Vault, Python, and networking (virtual or physical).
  • Experience with performing advanced diagnostics and root cause analyses. Digital forensics is a plus, but not required.
  • Experience in a regulated industry (especially pharmaceuticals or biotech) is a plus, but not required.

We offer competitive compensation because we want to hire the best people and reward them for their contributions to our mission. We pay all employees competitively relative to the New York City market, regardless of their location. In compliance with NYC’s pay transparency law and in pursuit of pay equity and fairness, we publish salary ranges for all open roles at Formation Bio. The target salary range for this role is $175,000 - $230,000.

On top of base salary, we also offer equity, generous perks, location flexibility, and comprehensive benefits – learn more about them and our compensation philosophy here.

If this range doesn’t match your expectations, please still apply because we may have something else for you.


You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.