Senior Backend Engineer

Descartes Labs

Descartes Labs

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Software Engineering
Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2024
The Company
Descartes Labs helps organizations whose success depends on the scientific analysis of observable, physical world events. We are the leading provider of geospatial analytics that create actionable intelligence by strengthening our customers’ proprietary data with models of the earth. Our solutions create new sources of environmental sustainability and operational advantage and foresight for agriculture, consumer packaged goods (CPG), mining, and government users by combining machine intelligence and domain expertise into a complete operational solution.
Descartes Labs is proud to be a remote-first, deliberately distributed organization that recognizes that people have different needs and motivations for building a life and career that matters and works for them. For this reason, we are open to our employees working from any location, in a way that enhances their well-being, productivity, and role. We focus on helping our employees produce positive outcomes and we recognize that the path to getting there will look different for different people.
The Role
As a Senior Backend Engineer, you will develop software to support advances in earth science and prediction to unlock valuable insights. You will use a strong understanding of concurrency, data modeling, and distributed computing to design, build, and maintain scalable services.
Your contributions will span many layers, from high-performance virtual file systems and cloud infrastructure, to API endpoints and pragmatic client libraries. We require creative solutions that build on the structure and foundation of our platform in order to enable our users to understand their businesses and the world in which we operate.

Your Impact

  • Build and maintain tools for low-latency access to petabytes of data
  • Implement highly scalable distributed systems in a cloud environment
  • Research and design innovative solutions to empower our users
  • Improve our infrastructure for the build, test, deploy, and monitor lifecycle

What you Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience in a software engineering role
  • Production experience with highly scalable distributed systems in a cloud environment
  • Experience working in a remote team environment, able to both collaborate and execute independently
  • Skill set and experience substantially aligned with our tech stack

Our Tech Stack

  • Python, Rust, C++, Go
  • Tensorflow, NumPy, SciPy, GeoPandas
  • AWS, S3, Kubernetes, Istio, OpenTelemetry, Grafana
  • Microservice architecture, Flask, FastAPI
  • PostgreSQL, OpenSearch (Elasticsearch), Redis
  • Git, GitHub, Bazel, Terraform, ArgoCD
  • Linux, GDAL, PROJ

Who You Are

  • Curious. You are always exploring and experimenting, interested in why and how, seeking not only to understand but to make work and the world better. You enthusiastically share your learning with others and actively seek information and knowledge.
  • Conscientious. You are determined, always keep your promises, and are forward thinking. Principled and with integrity, you take your commitments seriously.
  • Humble. Unpretentious and self-aware, you cultivate compassion for others and take responsibility for your mistakes. Egos are barriers to doing the best work and always learning.
  • Open and Inclusive. You are receptive and interested in new ideas and perspectives, even when those perspectives don’t agree with your views. You value and respect difference and create ways for all people to contribute to the organization.
  • Collaborative. You know it takes a team to get anything accomplished and you actively and inclusively work across the organization. You listen intently and openly and are always focused first on creating the best results
  • Adaptable. You are able to navigate changing circumstances and environments with ease and approach uncertainty with enthusiasm, while inspiring others towards effective goal setting and accomplishment.


  • The base salary range for this position is $170,000-190,000
  • Please note the base salary range is a guideline, and individual total compensation will vary based on factors such as qualifications, skill level & competencies as well as security clearance.

Top Reasons to Work at Descartes Labs

  • We pride collaboration over ownership, iteration over perfection, principles over rules, and discussion over directives.
  • We’re using the world’s top technology to solve the world’s largest problems with a strong focus on sustainability, environment, and impact science.
  • We look at Descartes Labs as a work environment where people are included, treat their colleagues with professional regard and respect, and thrive as a result.
  • We strongly encourage and enjoy a flexible work environment; unlimited PTO, remote-first.
  • Descartes Labs offers a generous compensation package including a competitive salary; choice of medical plan; dental, life, and disability insurance; paid holidays, unlimited PTO; monthly WFH stipend.
You belong here! If your experience and interests match with the above, we want you to apply.
We are dedicated to building a diverse community, where employees belong, even if they are different. Scientific discovery is in our DNA, and diversity fuels innovation.
Accommodations will be provided as requested by candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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