Senior Software Engineer – Full Stack

About Insight M
At Insight M, 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.
First on our list: spotting hard-to-monitor emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change. Since starting continuous survey operations in 2018, Insight M has removed methane emissions equal to over 72.6 million tonnes of CO2e through our work. To put that in perspective, that’s equivalent to over 15.8 million cars being removed from the roads or shutting down about forty-seven 350 MW coal-fired power plants for a year.
We call that a good start.
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.
We’ve created a diverse, collaborative, supportive, and fun environment based on integrity and treating people right. So no matter your sex, gender, sexual identity, gender identity, race, age, beliefs, sexual orientation, or disabilities, we welcome you and would like to work with you. 🙂
It’s never boring, it’s always challenging, and we’re usually laughing.
A note of encouragement: If you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications below, you should still seriously consider applying. Studies show that you can still be considered for a role if you meet just 50% of the role’s requirements.
Individuals with a disability are encouraged to contact [interview.accomodations@insightm.com] to request assistance with your application and accommodations in advance of your interview.
Software Engineering at Insight M
Everything that Insight M 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.
The software engineering team is involved in every step of our process, building the automation that allows Insight M to not only image things that humans have never seen before but to do it reliably, repeatably, inexpensively, and quickly. (Yes, you can have all four).
We work primarily in Python, with a smattering of Bash, SQL, Terraform, and Typescript when it makes sense.
We work on single-board-computers, field laptops, in virtualized cloud environments, in containers, inside of web browsers, and even inside lab automation frameworks.
We practice compositional engineering, tying together disparate pieces of technology to create novel artifacts that solve real-world problems.
We practice continuous integration and deployment, automated testing, and have a lovely monorepo.
In short, it’s a playground for the skilled engineer.
Insight M is a growing company. As we grow, there will be opportunities for advancement, including into engineering management. Additionally, we’re happy to place more experienced folks at a higher level, commensurate with experience.
Senior Software Engineer – Full Stack
Responsibilities
  • Create flexible and functional full-stack web apps to be used internally by technical and non-technical team members, including analytics dashboards and mapping tools.
  • Build templates/blueprints for the above, empowering other engineers and teams to launch new efforts quickly.
  • Champion and teach best practices for everything front-end and back-end (architecture, build/deploy pipelines, testing, and security) to very clever engineers with other specializations and backgrounds.
  • Drive new feature implementation and support for our existing GIS visualization tool, an essential part of our emissions analysis pipeline.
  • Build consensus and make decisions by soliciting ideas and requirements from stakeholders (engineers, managers, customer success).
  • Must Have
  • 4+ years of experience building visually rich front-end web applications (Javascript/TypeScript, CSS), with 2+ years with React/Redux or equivalent.
  • 4+ years of experience building backend services & APIs (Python, GraphQL, PostgreSQL, AWS or equivalent)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of current trends and best practices (and anti-patterns!) in front-end and API architecture.
  • Experience with FE and API security best practices, OWASP, SSO/OAuth.
  • Obsession with automated testing, fast test suites, high coverage rates, mocking, etc.
  • A belief in modern SDLC practices – we do things like code reviews, unit testing, minimal-viable products, and fast development iteration.
  • Nice to Have
  • UI/UX and other design related experience.
  • Experience in the GIS space.
  • Security focus.
  • Life at Insight M
    A few important facts about working at Insight M:
    – We provide health, dental, and vision insurance, including subsidized coverage for dependents. Our 401K plan does matching based on the amount of methane we removed from the atmosphere in a given year.
    – We think death-march hours are a bad way to run a company. We expect something approximating a 40-hour workweek, but mostly we just care that your work gets done. No, really. (Full disclosure: we occasionally put in some extra hours during crunch periods, but that is the exception, not the norm).
    – We do not track vacation time, nor do we have set hours to be in the office. Instead, we encourage taking real vacations, mental health days, leaving early to pick up the kids, working from home, time-shifting commutes, staying home when you’re sick, ducking out to the gym – we believe work time should be flexible.
    In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have transitioned to 100% remote work aside from hardware and flight operations and plan to continue having remote positions in perpetuity.
    (We love it when kids make a cameo in a video call.)

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