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Backend Engineer (Python/AWS/React)



Software Engineering
Multiple locations
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024


The platform to monitor and automate satellite operations

Backend Engineer (Python/AWS/React)

$140K - $200K
Denver, CO, US / Seattle, WA, US / Washington, DC, US / San Francisco, CA, US / Los Angeles, CA, US / Remote (US)
Job Type
6+ years
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Sunny Bhagavathula

About the role

What You’ll Be Doing 👨‍💻👩‍💻 🛰 🛰

You will be responsible for developing ground satellite operations software using Python and AWS services. Don't worry, you do not need to be an expert in satellites or understand space! Satellites are just flying servers you can connect to every 90 minutes but we connect to hundreds of them.

You will primarily be responsible for developing backend software capabilities, but the ideal candidate has full stack experience and an interest in contributing across the software stack to allow tight integration between frontend and backend.

You will develop APIs, integrate with various AWS services such as EC2, S3, Lambda, RDS, Fargate, and EKS along with focusing on scalability, security, cost, and performance of the software. The engineer will collaborate with cross-functional teams, including satellite operators and other software engineers, to understand requirements, implement new features, and troubleshoot issues. Your strong knowledge of AWS services and best practices will enable you to optimize resource utilization and automate processes, ultimately contributing to the efficient and reliable operations of thousands of satellites.

Day to day, you will be a part of the engineering team of frontend and backend engineers working in an Agile Scrum environment.

Tech Skills

  • Proficiency in Python, GraphQL, Docker, and Terraform (or relevant IaC tools)
  • Familiarity with Javascript and experience either developing full stack / frontend software or working closely to integrate with frontend developers
  • Strong knowledge of designing, analyzing, and troubleshooting APIs services, distributed NoSQL and relational databases, caching systems, event-driven and multi-tier architectures
  • Experience working with React components in Typescript and frameworks like Next.js, Refine (or Blitz.js / RedwoodJS)
  • Strong knowledge of containerized applications and serverless architecture
  • Experience with AWS services such as Lambda, ECS, EKS, CloudWatch, S3, EFS/EBS, EC2, and RDS
  • Strong knowledge of task automation and CI/CD pipeline building, preferably with GitHub actions but not required
  • Familiarity with Git and GitHub or similar framework for version control

Soft Skills

  • Deep technical analysis and troubleshooting skills
  • Independent self-starter; able to complete projects on time with minimal guidance
  • A high standard for software maintainability, quality, resilience, and performance
  • Strong cross-functional communication between frontend, backend engineers and product managers

Background Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or related field)
  • 5+ years [professional] experience in backend development, full stack development or other related role. Professional experience can be replaced with a self-starter who has drive, the technical skills, and is obsessed with their product.
  • U.S. Person status required – we are not able to sponsor Visas at this time

Why you'll love working at Quindar

  • We are a remote-first workplace and value results over where you work from. If you want to work at a WeWork we will make that happen! If not, we provide work from home benefits so you always have a nice place to work, speedy internet, and of course coffee/tea!
  • We take work life balance very seriously. We require employees to take 15 days off but provide unlimited PTO and follow most US federal government holidays.
  • Mental health is just as important as physical so we provide quarterly health & wellness benefits.
  • Comprehensive health insurance for you and your family with 100% coverage for employees.
  • We encourage employees to save for retirement and provide 4% 401(k) matching.
  • Each quarter we have a 4-day company offsite. Previous locations include San Francisco, Nashville, Denver, Santa Fe, New Orleans, and San Diego.
  • Our culture and company is evolving. You will be key in creating the next major or minor version!

About the interview

Screening Call (30m) The Hiring Manager will walk through your experience, the role, and make sure we are in alignment with the expectations (75% Behavioral, 25% Technical).

First Round (60 min) Interview with the Head of Engineering (25% Behavioral, 75% Technical).

Second Round (2 hours) Coding Challenge

Third Round (60 min) Interview with the Head of Product and Head of InfoSec (25% Behavioral, 75% Technical).

Reference Check The Hiring Manager will ask for 2 references within the last 5 years. These can be former managers or colleagues.

Offer The hiring manager will reach out with a verbal offer and a formal offer within 24 hours of notification.

Reverse Reference Check We will coordinate a time for you to meet 1:1 with a recent new hire to ask questions about working at Quindar.

About Quindar

Have you seen Apollo 13, The Martian, or Armageddon and recall all of the NASA engineers in a room with a bunch of monitors? Quindar is digitizing that away. Satellites are flying servers in space and we are revolutionizing the future of spacecraft operations by building the DataDog for space.

Our team has worked at SpaceX, OneWeb, Lockheed Martin, Iridium, Boeing, AWS, and RedHat. We've operated dozens of satellites, worked on broadband and earth observation constellations, and serviced commercial and government users. We are using lessons learned from our previous aerospace and startup experiences to revolutionize the space industry and enable access to space without being an expert.