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Senior Software Engineer

Kairos Aerospace

Kairos Aerospace

Software Engineering, (Engineering)
Remote · Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2023
<div> <span style="font-size:24px;">About Kairos Aerospace</span> </div><div> <br> <div>At Kairos Aerospace, we combine innovative aerospace systems with advanced data science. Unlike traditional aerospace companies, we sell information, not hardware - we operate our sensors cost-effectively at continental scale to produce novel data streams about pressing global problems.</div> <div></div> <div>First on our list:<a href="" class="postings-link">spotting hard-to-monitor emissions of methane</a>, a potent greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change. Since starting continuous survey operations in 2018, Kairos has removed methane emissions equal to over 9.2 million tonnes of CO2e through our work. To put that in perspective, that’s equivalent to over 2 million cars being removed from the roads for a year or shutting down about seventeen 350 MW coal-fired power plants.</div> <div></div> <div>We call that a good start.</div> <div></div> <div>As a team, we love science and engineering, we love getting our hands dirty with hardware and software, and we love seeing our work make a difference in the real world.</div> <div></div> <div>We’ve created a diverse, collaborative, supportive, and fun environment based on integrity and treating people right. So no matter your gender, gender identity, race, age, beliefs, sexual orientation, or disabilities, we welcome you and would like to work with you. :-)</div> <div></div> <div>It’s never boring, it’s always challenging, and we’re usually laughing.</div> <div> <br> <div> <span style="font-size:24px;">Software Engineering at Kairos</span> </div> <div> <br> <div>Everything that Kairos does is driven by software, from recording sensor data while flying at 3000', to ephemeral high-scale cloud-native data processing, to computer-aided GIS analysis, to using machine-learning to extract structured information from geopixels.</div> <div></div> <div>The software engineering team is involved in every step of our process, building the automation that allows Kairos to not only image things that humans have never seen before but to do it reliably, repeatably, inexpensively, and quickly.<i>(Yes, you can have all four).</i> </div> <div></div> <div>We work primarily in Python, with a smattering of Bash, SQL, Terraform, and Typescript when it makes sense.</div> <div> <br> <div>We work on single-board-computers, field laptops, in virtualized cloud environments, in containers, inside of web browsers, and even inside lab automation frameworks.</div> <div></div> <div>We practice compositional engineering, tying together disparate pieces of technology to create novel artifacts that solve real-world problems.</div> <div></div> <div>We practice continuous integration and deployment, automated testing, and have a lovely monorepo.</div> <div></div> <div>In short, it's a playground for the skilled generalist.</div> <div> <br> <div> <span style="font-size:24px;">Senior Software Engineer </span> </div> <div> <br> <div> <span style="font-size:11pt;">Our automated data processing pipeline is a critical part of our software infrastructure. It crunches massive amounts of data collected in flight from our methane spectrometer, optical camera, and GPS hardware and processes it in a series of stages to identify points of interest. In this role, you’ll be helping to debug and fix issues as they arise while also working closely with others on the team on longer term efforts to make this critical part of our infrastructure more robust and scalable.</span> </div> <div> <br> <div> <b>Must Haves</b> </div> <div> <br> <div>- Significant Python experience.</div> <div>- The ability to learn quickly in a self-guided manner - much of what we do is solving new problems by integrating one or more pieces of new technology.</div> <div>- Professional experience working with automated pipeline technology.</div> <div>- Enjoys occasional firefighting and gets satisfaction from continuously improving systems over time.</div> <div>- An intimate understanding of at least one of our primary domains - cloud data processing, machine learning, statistical signal analysis, GIS analysis and processing, DevOps / systems engineering, scientific data visualization, software engineering, and release / build engineering.</div> <div>- A desire to solve real-world problems over working on technical problems in isolation - none of our work fits in neat boxes. Instead, we have a team that is focused on the impact our work can have on the future of life on the planet and prioritizes real-world progress over problem-focus purity.</div> <div>- A belief in modern development practices - we do things like code reviews, unit testing, minimal-viable products, and fast development iteration. We eschew the zealous practice of any development-process religion, but we do pick and choose techniques that help us write better software.</div> <div> <br> <div> <b>Nice to Haves</b> </div> <div> <br> <div>- Strong database skills</div> <div>- GIS experience</div> <div>- Familiarity with Bash, Ansible, and infrastructure-as-code</div> <div>- Familiarity with AWS automation via Boto3 scripting and/or Terraform</div> <div>- Previous use of continuous integration and automated testing frameworks (we use CircleCI)</div> <div> <br> <div> <br> <div> <span style="font-size:15px;">In order to avoid bias and create an equitable salary structure, at Kairos, we are intentional about our pay strategy. We base compensation on current position (role and skill level) as well as location. Since many of our roles are remote, we create a</span> <b style="font-size:15px;">national range</b> <span style="font-size:15px;">for our open positions that is built to cover both low and high cost of living locations. If you live in a low cost of living area, the location-specific range will fall towards the lower end of the nation-wide range. If you live in a high cost of living area, the location-specific range will be on the higher end of the nation-wide range.</span> <b style="font-size:15px;">The nation-wide range for this role is $120,000 - $204,000.</b> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>
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