Data Engineer

Impactful data for the planet.

We are seeking a data engineer to build tools to manage and draw insight from massive earth data on the cloud. As a data engineer at Development Seed, you will build software that allows our partners at NASA, USGS, and ESA to manage data on the cloud. You will create new patterns to manage, process, and distribute earthdata. You will enable earth scientists to work smarter and faster, giving us all better insight into our changing planet.

You will build flexible data tools for managing earth data and making it available for analysis. Your frameworks will leverage artificial intelligence and science modeling to extract actionable data for analysis and visualization. Your work will power tools for combatting climate change, promoting inclusive economic development, and responding to humanitarian crisis.

As a data engineer, you will:

  • Build reliable and scalable services, optimized to deliver petabytes of satellite imagery data to millions of simultaneous users.
  • Create and integrate applications which use cloud services to process and analyze imagery in near-real time.
  • Solve real problems for organizations that address big global challenges.
  • Use the best technology available on a team of people that want you to grow and win.

To be successful in this role, you will leverage your skills building quality, repeatable data processing and manipulation tools on cloud technologies. This is not a data science position. The majority of your time will be writing software in JavaScript and Python that allows other scientists to engage in repeatable science on the cloud. Node.js or demonstrated ability to learn javascript frameworks is a requirement for this position. Experience with Docker and Amazon Web Services are required. Familiarity with other cloud providers (Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform) is also valuable.

As a Development Seed team member, you:

  • Collaborate — Working as a team makes us stronger than any individual developer. You write clear Github tickets and communicate effectively on Slack and in-person.
  • Learn — We constantly evolve our technology stack and techniques to deliver the best work to our partners. You don’t need to know any particular language or framework upfront but you need to demonstrate you’re able and excited to learn new ways to build. You’ve also tried out enough options to know that the hip new thing isn’t always the best solution.
  • Code — You write code focusing on both performance and maintainability. You know when to use a quick fix and when to invest more time refactoring.
  • Care about the world and believe that we can do better — Social change is the foundation of everything we do. You are impatient about solving the world’s toughest challenges.

If this sounds like you, send your resume to [email protected] or use the button below. Tell us about yourself and what you’d love to work on at Development Seed.

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Not sure you tick all the boxes? We encourage you to apply. We have a culture of learning, and if this job description sounds exciting, we’d love to hear from you.

Development Seed embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.