Backend Engineer

Austin, TX / Denver, CO / Remote /
Ground Software /
Full Time
Satellite imagery is a historically-scarce resource, whose adoption has been slowed by an unbalanced relationship between price and resolution. In theory, frequent, ultra high-resolution imagery of Earth has near infinite applications; in reality, only a sliver of that potential has been realized.

Albedo aims to be the catalyst in unlocking satellite imagery’s latent potential, hoping to expand current applications and propel the discovery of new use cases. Whether our imagery is being used to reduce wildfire risk, assess the environmental impact of global forestry, contribute to timely 3D reconstructions of urban areas, or monitor carbon emissions from industrial power plants, our mission is to get better data into the hands of decision makers fast. We’re modernizing how satellite imagery is used by providing near real-time access to our ultra-high resolution data.

What We’re Up To: Albedo is developing a novel approach to the earth observation industry, both in space and with our business model. We are intentionally doing things differently by taking (calculated) risks, trying new things, and moving with speed. Our team believes satellite imagery is a valuable resource that should be made accessible, in every sense of the word. We are committed to our customers, ensuring that what we’re building is what they want. We are playing at the edges of how traditional New Space technologies have been approached, and we want to shake up the industry as it stands today.

Who We’re Looking For: Albedo is launching next-generation, ultra high-resolution imaging satellites to service a global audience through a modern, cloud-based product interface. In order to achieve this goal, we are looking for a team of people who are both passionate about our mission and are willing to put in the work to design, develop, and test an innovative earth observation concept in the commercial industry. The times ahead will be set in a fast-paced, often uncertain environment, but if you are hard-working, kind, and team-oriented, you can expect a rewarding and purposeful experience.

We're looking for a Backend Software Engineer to join our ground software team. You will be responsible for developing and maintaining cloud-based systems that manage the lifecycle of our imagery - spanning ordering, tasking, real-time updates of order status, to delivery. You’ll work in close collaboration with the product team to develop powerful APIs for imagery order and delivery features. In addition, you’ll work with the space team to ensure our internal requirements are met and the requisite infrastructure is built to support our constellation of satellites.

What You'll Do

    • Build and test software that encapsulates the entire order lifecycle, including tasking feasibility estimation, order optimization, mission scheduling, command and telemetry pipelining, and general spacecraft mission operations
    • Contribute towards product strategy by participating in an agile development environment
    • Develop internal systems to continuously monitor order status, order fulfillment efficiency, and detect performance issues
    • Collaborate closely with the product team on API features for ordering and delivery as well as with the space team to support internal requirements
    • Work with the Sales team to Interact and collect feedback from customers to continuously improve the customer experience
    • Detect, troubleshoot, and support application and infrastructure issues

Ideal Technical Skills and Experience

    • 3-5 years of object-oriented software development experience in production environments
    • Experience with cloud-based platforms like AWS, Azure, or GCP
    • Experience building intuitive and powerful REST APIs
    • Knowledge of best practices concerning: cloud and application security, test-driven development (unit and integration), object-oriented programming, and release management.

What We Believe Are Important Traits For This Role

    • Strong communication skills and the ability to effectively pass on and share your knowledge with others
    • Flexibility: We are a small-team doing a lot of things - a flexible and positive mindset is instrumental for success!
    • A humble and open mind: willingness to accept feedback and consistently improve upon yourself and the product you will be responsible for
    • A high-degree of emotional intelligence: ability to collaborate closely with coworkers in a respectful and empathetic manner
    • Belief in the value of diversity: active appreciation of each person’s unique perspective and realization that diversity produces better outcomes
    • Alignment and willingness to champion Albedo's Core Values


    • Employee friendly equity compensation
    • 4% direct matching 401k
    • Insurance: Medical, Vision, Dental, Mental Health
    • Parental leave and childcare coverage
    • 20 paid vacation days, yours from day one
    • 10 company holidays and unlimited sick days
    • Monthly wellness benefit
    • Two team retreats per year to build relationships IRL
Additional Requirements: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. All persons hired will be required to be a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Albedo is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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