Senior Data Platform Engineer

Sunnyvale, CA

Position Description


Blue River Technology serves the agricultural industry with progressive computer-vision and deep learning based equipment. These machines are changing the future of farming by enabling farmers to optimize every plant in their fields. Our technology dramatically reduces the amount of chemicals used, improves farmer profitability, and gathers valuable plant-by-plant data.

Our team comes from diverse group of backgrounds in robotics, computer vision, machine learning, agriculture and business. As a pioneer in the space we have designed and deployed See & Spray machines that apply pesticide only where needed, reducing herbicide use by 90%.

John Deere & Company, who brings 180 years of experience in designing, manufacturing and distributing innovative products to farmers, recently acquired Blue River Technology as an independently-run subsidiary. This partnership will greatly expand the breadth of our team's innovations, reduce risk, and accelerate our joint vision.

We’re seeking a talented Software Engineer specializing in building and maintaining data centric machine learning software platforms to join our team. Our machine learning platform helps manage the various components of the ML application development life cycle, starting from data ingestion, annotation, exploration to model training, deployment and monitoring. All of these components are interdisciplinary, so you will be working closely with roboticists and ML researchers in both defining interfaces and optimizing implementations to meet the final product specifications.

A well qualified candidate for this position will love prototyping and have the ability to turn that prototype into a high quality production feature. Implementing complex distributed systems will excite you and you’ll have an insatiable appetite for harnessing cloud-based ML frameworks or new database technologies.


  • Work with product, data scientists, and roboticists to build visualization tools and dashboards.
  • Build and maintain cloud pipelines for components of ML application. Example: Data ingestion, model training and deployment.
  • Build solutions to satisfy the data management, and data versioning needs of Blue River.
  • Connect our ecosystem by building integrations across multiple existing and new tools
  • Implement and optimize data model, queries, and ETLs for complicated text, image, and sensor data
  • Design service level interfaces for our ML and Data Platform


  • Expert Python developer
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Math, or other quantitative field
  • 5-7 years professional software development experience
  • Experience with high dimensional data visualization tools like, Plotly, Matplotlib, D3, Apache Superset, Tableau
  • Ability to interface with  databases such as Postgres, Mongo, Athena, and InfluxDB
  • Experience developing microservices and cloud native applications
  • Self motivated, independent thinker, and excellent communicator


  • Experience developing within the Jupyter ecosystem is a plus
  • Experience with production ML platform
  • Experience with Docker and Kubernetes
  • Experience with Kubeflow or Argo
  • Familiarity with ML Frameworks: TensorFlow, PyTorch.

Blue River offers competitive compensation and benefits, including a great 401(K) match. We believe in a work life balance and offer generous Paid Time Off and Sick Leave as well as Paid Parental Leave and an adoption benefit. Subsidized lunches, flexible work hours, CalTrain passes (with mobile Wi-Fi!) and a collaborative and supportive environment also contribute to making Blue River a great place to work.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

We support each employee living a full life, enabling a thriving career and accomplishing a meaningful, challenging mission with incredible people.

We have designed our work environment to allow us each to do our work effectively, be our best selves, and be exposed to the unexpected connections and experiences that support creative innovation - all while leaving room for the other things you love.

We have been operating as “mostly remote” during the pandemic. As we transition back to the office, we are introducing our Workplace Flexibility Model. Most roles will be based out of our Sunnyvale office and balance in-office time with flexibility to support other needs you have in your life. This flexibility could be used to reduce the Bay Area commute burden by working from home a couple days a week, support parent or caregiver needs, or allow space for you to do the other things you love, whatever that might be! There are times when achieving great work is more productive when working where you work best. That’s the point of this model...flexibility for you. A few roles will be approved as fully remote. Those are determined by managers and approved by our senior team.

We anticipate following this flexibility model starting mid-July 2021 as we continue to follow local guidelines and protocol around COVID.


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