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Associate Data Engineer

Benson Hill

Benson Hill

Data Science
St. Louis, MO, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2024

About Benson Hill
Benson Hill empowers innovators to develop more healthy, tasty and sustainable food by unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants. Benson Hill’s CropOS™ platform combines machine learning and big data with breeding techniques and plant biology to drastically accelerate and simplify the product development process. This platform allows for cost-effective and more efficient ways for companies to analyze and make improvements in plant genetics. Benson Hill brings a unique and holistic approach to our product and platform development, as we span a broader workflow involving trait and seed development, genome editing, and breeding all the way to creating better ingredients and varieties that tap a strong consumer demand for more flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables. More information can be found online at www.bensonhill.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillInc.

Our Purpose and Core Values

Our Core Values are a set of common principles we share that are fundamental to our company’s identity.

  • Be Bold! We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Inspired! We have purpose in our work-we are curious, engaged, and have fun. We maintain an active learning mindset and are motivated by diverse people and thoughts. We are energized by all innovators and together we aim to make an impact and contribute to building a better world.
  • Be Real! We understand who we are, what we want to achieve, and what it takes to get there. We hold each other accountable through timely, candid, and well-intentioned feedback. Together we engage in honest communication and healthy debate that leads to success through true alignment.

Department Overview

Benson Hill is looking for a passionate and proven Associate Data Engineer to be part of our Product & Platform Acceleration team. The role will be responsible for the design and implementation of software features across our R&D applications. The Associate Data Engineer will work with a highly collaborative team of engineers and research scientists to translate business requirements into products and features that support R&D activities and Data Science discoveries.

Technologies we use: Python, .NET, FastAPI, SQLAlchemy, Postgres, Neo4J, Typescript, Next.js, AWS, Terraform

Position Summary

The successful candidate has prior data engineering experience with engineering background in multiple programming languages and technical platforms. Write, test, debug, and maintain software based on the requirements provided and with direction or guidance from more senior members of the team. Generate code adhering to standards as defined by the data software team, document development tasks and decisions, participate in effective code reviews, and participate in team meetings. Follow standard and effective data software development methodologies and release processes.

You Will:

(Essential Duties and Responsibilities)

  • Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable applications and systems using Python, Typescript/JavaScript, and AWS
  • Work with users to understand end-user requirements, formulate use cases, and translate them into pragmatic and effective technical designs
  • Enable creative, scalable engineering solutions for data gathering and integration of structured and unstructured data sets
  • Continuously improve and maintain code quality through writing unit tests, automation, and code reviews
  • Contribute ideas to help improve our technology, coding standards, and products

You Have:

(Competencies and Qualifications)


  • B.S. in computer science, data science, life science, or other technical field


  • 2 years of professional data and software development experience
  • Knowledge of web frameworks such as Next.js
  • Knowledge of API frameworks such as FastAPI
  • Relational database experience
  • CICD experience
  • Experience with AWS cloud platform or other cloud platforms
  • OOP and software design knowledge – can write software that’s extensible, reusable, and meets desired architectural objectives

Additional Skills

  • Ability to focus and work independently with little direction
  • Familiarity with Linux / Unix environments
  • Experience building data pipelines and ETL jobs in the cloud
  • Should have exposure to Agile
  • Self-motivated to learn new technologies
  • Neo4j or graph databases a plus
  • C# .Net a plus

Preference Given to Applicants with the Following

  • Experience with DevOps & Cloud Security best practices
  • Experience with IaC such as Terraform

We have a Total Rewards Package at Benson Hill that consists of more than just your paycheck. Total Rewards at Benson Hill covers Pay (salary and bonus), Health (employer benefit contributions) and Wealth (investments). Some of the perks include:

  • A Collaborative Environment
  • A flexible PTO program with a focus on work/life balance
  • Competitive medical benefits and retirement savings plan
  • FREE Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Education reimbursement
  • PAID parental leave
  • And more….