Senior Staff Backend Engineer

Job Category: Engineering
Location: Colorado, United States
Employment Type: Permanent
Location Terms: Hybrid
Salary: USD200000
Senior Staff Backend Software Engineer
Denver, Colorado


I am working with an exciting venture-backed startup, who build autonomous solutions for the space industry.

Specializing in cutting-edge satellite technology & solutions, they offer a range of innovative products designed to enhance satellite operations and improve the management of satellite fleets.

These solutions help satellite operators and organizations in the space industry optimize their resources, streamline their processes, and ultimately achieve greater efficiency and performance. Their products cover areas such as satellite tracking, data management, and communication, enabling their clients to better monitor and control their satellite assets. Their technology plays a crucial role in advancing satellite operations and contributing to the ongoing development of space exploration and communication.

About You:
You are a seasoned developer with extensive experience in designing and developing software SaaS services.  You passionately advocate for and pursue solutions that promote speed, safety, and scalability. You are both a technical expert and a natural leader, who is ready to establish systems and processes to help distribute your deep technical experience to your fellow team members. You work to establish a friendly, productive, and collaborative team environment, and you fundamentally understand the complex tradeoffs between performance, reliability, and time to market. You know how to interpret requirements and requests from different types of stakeholders, and you are comfortable independently synthesizing and organizing those requirements into tangible units of work.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Design and develop world-class SaaS services bringing space traffic coordination and spaceflight safety services  to market
  • Work collaboratively with domain experts to design and implement complex astrodynamic algorithms enabling our industry-leading products
  • Contribute to the software design life cycle, enabling rapid proof of concept product development through product general availability
  • Foster a culture of innovation and rapid iteration
  • Refine software services and incorporate market and customer feedback
  • Actively contribute to the engineering culture to build an environment where everyone is encouraged to do their best work
  • Embrace the API-first approach to building complex software applications enabling collaborative development between frontend and backend software teams
  • Mentor and enable software developers at all skill levels to perform at their best
  • Provide meaningful design feedback and code reviews to peers
  • Continually refine software systems to enable robust system observability, cybersecurity, and performance while optimizing for cost and reliability

Key Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or in a related field
  • 8+ years of experience architecting and building complex software systems
  • 5+ years of experience with:
    • Agile Software Development & Kanban
    • Cloud Computing (AWS preferred)
    • Python including common scientific computing libraries (NumPy, SciPy)
    • Python Package Managers (Poetry, Conda, Mamba)
    • System-level software development language (C, C++, Rust)
    • API design with clear documentation
    • Software containerization and orchestration (Docker and Kubernetes)
    • CI/CD-driven development practices
    • Writing and maintaining automated tests
    • Databases and caches, including common SQL and NoSQL systems
    • Asynchronous message queue systems (RabbitMQ, Kafka)
    • Linux
  • Experience in designing and developing complex software with highly constrained timing requirements
  • Experience  in architecting software systems to meet strong cybersecurity requirements
  • Proven experience mentoring and enabling software developers at all skill levels

Job Location:
  • Denver, CO

Total compensation for this role is Base salary + company equity
Colorado base salary range: $120,000 - $200,000

Benefits and Perks:
  • Competitive salary
  • Company equity
  • Great health insurance (medical, dental, vision) and 401k
  • Lunch catered weekly for Colorado office
  • Opportunity to have impact on a global scale for space sustainability
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