Software Engineer- Backend (Contract)

Sunnyvale CA

Position Description

We’re Blue River, a team of innovators driven to radically change agriculture by creating intelligent machinery. We empower our customers – farmers - to implement more sustainable solutions: optimize chemical usage, reimagining routine processes, and improving farming yields year after year. We believe that focusing on the small stuff – pixel-by-pixel and plant-by-plant - leads to big gains. By partnering with John Deere, we are innovating computer vision, machine learning, robotics and product management to solve monumental challenges for our customers.

Our people are at the heart of what we do. Through cross-discipline collaboration, this mission-driven and daring team is eager to define the new frontier of agricultural robotics. We are always asking hard questions, rapidly iterating, and getting our boots in the field to figure it out. We won’t give up until we’ve made a tangible and positive impact on agriculture.

Position Summary:

We’re seeking a hardworking Software Engineer specializing in backend 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 a steadfast appetite for harnessing cloud-based ML frameworks or new database technologies.

Position Responsibility:

  • Design, Implement and optimize data model, queries, and ETLs for complicated text, image, and sensor data.
  • Connect our ecosystem by building integrations across multiple existing and new tools.
  • Routinely inspect server code for speed optimization.
  • Design service level interfaces for our ML and Data Platform.
  • Help improve our code quality through writing unit tests, automation and performing code reviews.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years professional backend software development experience.
  • Solid understanding in data-warehouse, database systems and NoSQL databases such as MongoDB.
  • Adept query optimization in NoSQL and SQL databases such as Postgres, Mongo, Athena, and InfluxDB.
  • Experience with AWS (Athena, Glue, EC2, etc) and docker.
  • Adept with Linux/Unix and scripting languages like Python, shell scripting, etc.
  • Familiarity of Web Server technologies including NGINX, Apache and J2EE.
  • Self motivated, entrepreneurial problem solver, and excellent communicator.Bachelor's Degree or higher in Computer Science, Math, or other quantitative field with

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience developing within the Jupyter ecosystem is a plus.
  • Experience with the production ML platform.
  • Experience with Kubeflow.
  • 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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