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Senior Software Engineer - Platform (Remote Friendly)

Software Engineering | Remote in Alameda, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world. Saildrone provides real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and uses proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Saildrone’s fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate 24/7/365, without the need for a crewed support vehicle. We work with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022” and earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, presented by the Blue Marine Foundation. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times "Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021", and Popular Science's "100 Greatest Innovations of 2021".

We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC, St. Petersburg, FL, and Fall River, MA, and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

The Role

As a Senior Software Engineer on the APIs and Platform Team, you’ll get to touch the systems that interact directly with our drones and enable successful operation of our fleet. If satellite gateways, drone health monitoring, and critical backend APIs are your thing, well have we got the role for you!

Saildrone is growing rapidly in terms of employees, customers, and capabilities. To facilitate this growth, we’re looking to hire a senior engineer with experience designing and building scalable systems to assist with our growing technical and business needs. While this role is primarily focused on backend services, knowledge of or experience with modern frontend web development is a huge plus. You’ll work with our product managers, frontend and vehicle engineers, and operations personnel in this position. Additionally, you can expect to work closely with engineering leadership to help plot our technical course for years to come.


  • Tackle interesting technical challenges at the intersection of robotics, big data, and cloud software
  • Assist in designing our technical architecture roadmap
  • Write high-quality software in a collaborative team environment
  • Mentor more junior engineers

Required Skills

  • 5+ years of experience in a professional software development setting

  • Experience designing and architecting applications in a SOA environment

  • Experience building and maintaining REST applications in Python (Django, FastAPI) and/or Node.js (Express, Hapi)

  • Experience with SQL (we use Postgres) and Redis

  • Experience with event-driven architectures (we use NSQ and SNS/SQS)

  • Experience with developing and deploying distributed services with Docker

  • Working knowledge of core internet networking protocols (UDP/TCP)

  • Experience with modern software development practices (TDD/BDD, CI, CD)

Desired Skills

  • Experience with Zero-Trust Architectures

  • Experience with gRPC, HTTP/2, or websockets

  • Experience with Protocol Buffers

  • Experience with or interest in TypeScript

  • Experience with or interest in React and Redux

  • Experience working with geospatial and/or time series data


Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.  Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.

  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents

  • Enhanced Parental Leave Programs

  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan

Catch up on the latest news about us:

An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS (May 6, 2022)

Meet the sailing robots trying to solve climate change – The Hill (Mar. 18, 2022)

They Sailed Into a Hurricane, Now these Unmanned Saildrones are Seeking Data on Our Carbon Uptake – CNN (Dec. 9, 2021)

Saildrone Catches a $100M C Breeze to Build More Robo-boats – TechCrunch (Oct. 18, 2021)

With A Sight, Sound And Radar Picture, Saildrone Could Build An AI Database Of Everything In The Ocean – Forbes (Aug. 16, 2021)

Changing Arctic Environment Could Also Change Technologies Needed to Protect It, Experts Say – SeaPower Magazine (Aug. 2, 2021)

Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii – Hydro International (July 13, 2021)

Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist


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, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.


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