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Kirkland, WA

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Job Description


It's not often you get the chance to change industries by bringing truly breakthrough technology to market - technology that not only disrupts existing markets but enables vast new ones. It's hard and challenging work, but it's also exciting, energizing, satisfying, and rewarding!

Echodyne's Metamaterials Electronically Scanning Array (MESA) is changing the way people think about commercial radar. Built on decades of research, Echodyne brings high-performance radar to commercial markets and applications constrained by Cost, Size, Weight or Power. Drones, autonomous cars and trucks, heavy machines, even flying cars. To operate safely, these machines need sensors that work flawlessly across all environmental conditions. Echodyne has applied the physics of metamaterials to create a new category of sensor that provides the critical high-resolution, ground-truth data that autonomous machines and vehicles need to operate safely at any time and in any weather. Bringing this technology to market requires a team that works together.

Echodyne is seeking a Data Engineer with strong experience in relational databases and Python to join its team working in a fast-paced startup environment developing its next generation RADAR systems. The Data Engineer will work with world class scientists and will be responsible for helping to grow our data infrastructure, maintaining databases, creating and managing data pipelines, and building APIs for data consumption. In addition, this Data Engineer will maintain existing database systems and assist in the development of new ones. This position requires a person with high attention to detail, and who thrives in an interactive fast-design-cycle environment.

Echodyne is an equal opportunity employer. We want to build a team with a diverse mix of people whose common denominator is talent. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status or disability. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please do not hesitate to let us know.


* Operate under limited supervision to build, operate, and maintain database systems to track and improve the performance of our products and to provide training data for our machine learning systems.
* Make the data available to the rest of the team via APIs and web interfaces.
* Build tools to facilitate data cleaning, ingest, access, queries, and analysis.
* Use those tools to organize, clean, and ingest radar field test data into our databases in a timely manner.
* Perform ongoing semi-automated data analysis and batch processing on the data to generate radar-system performance reports.
* Assist in directing interns and junior staff in executing that data processing.
* Provide user support and database development support to other team members, writing documentation and interactively communicating with the team.
* Ensure data quality, integrity, and backups of our database systems.

Required skills / experience:

* Relational database familiarity and experience, strong knowledge of SQL.
* Knowledge of data-engineering best practices including error handling and logging, system monitoring, building human-fault-tolerant data pipelines, data cleaning, and database management.
* Experience with Python, Python environments, Git, Linux.
* Experience in website generation and management.

Desired skills / experience (looking for one or more as a complement to the core skills):

* Familiarity with PostgreSQL, Flask, Sqlalchemy, Javascript, HTML, Apache.
* NoSQL database experience or familiarity (such as MongoDB).
* Distributed-analytics/big-data frameworks (such as Spark or Hadoop).
* Cloud-based frameworks (such as AWS or GCP).
* Scientific programming experience.

A successful candidate should be good at:

* verbal and written communication,
* writing documentation,
* teamwork and leading interns and junior staff,
* attention to detail,
* performing independently with limited oversight,
* taking initiative,
* time-management and context switching,
* troubleshooting.


* Bachelor's or master's degree in computer engineering, computer science, data science, or related field with 2-4 years' experience in industry working with database systems.

Echodyne's technology is export controlled by the U.S. Government and we must evaluate an applicant's eligibility to handle export-controlled information or obtain required Government authorizations. Therefore, we will ask you as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or green card holder, or have asylum/refugee status in the U.S.

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