Senior Edge (Systems) Engineer

San Francisco, CA /
Engineering /
Full-Time
Aquabyte is seeking an Edge (Systems) Engineer to help develop the hardware and software that runs on-site at Norwegian fish farms.

Watch our TV episode with Amazon's CTO at a Norwegian fish farm here! https://youtu.be/YZ_qJ5JFD3I

Our mission 

Aquabyte is on a mission to revolutionize the sustainability and efficiency of aquaculture. It is an audacious, and incredibly rewarding mission. By making fish farming cheaper and more viable than livestock production, we aim to mitigate one of the biggest causes of climate change and help prepare our planet for impending population growth. Aquaculture is the single fastest growing food-production sector in the world, and now is the time to define how technology is used to harvest the sea for generations to come.

We are a diverse, mission-driven team that is eager to work alongside kindred spirits. If this vision makes you smile, gives you goosebumps, or otherwise inspires you please get in touch.


Our product

We are currently focused on helping Norwegian salmon farmers better understand their fish populations and make environmentally-sound decisions. Through custom underwater cameras, computer vision, and machine learning we are able to quantify fish weights, detect sea lice infestations, and generate optimal feeding plans in real time. Our product operates at three levels: on-site hardware for image capture, cloud pipelines for data processing, and a user-facing web application. As a result, there are hundreds of moving pieces and no shortage of fascinating challenges across all levels of the stack.

Above all, Aquabyte is a customer-driven company. Our product development is dictated by the needs of fish farmers and we prioritize customer delight in everything we do. We are committed to build a global, collaborative team that creates value far beyond Silicon Valley.


About The Edge Systems Team:
Edge engineering is responsible for the hardware and software orchestrating the hardware installed at fish farms around the world. Our goals are to create autonomous, reliable, bandwidth-light, long-lasting, robust, remote-debuggable, fail-safe, and easily deployable underwater cameras and sensors.

We work with world-class mechanical engineering firms and optical consultants to spec the underwater equipment we deploy. The edge engineering team writes software and procedures to make quality testing of these cameras as easy as possible for the field team in Norway. The types of tests we orchestrate are hardware burn-in, optical quality testing in-air and in-water, sensor calibration and verification, and stereo camera calibration.

The edge team also writes software to make it easy for the field team to successfully deploy and configure our hardware at the farm. As it’s often rainy in Norway and the Internet may not yet be set up, our debugging tools need to operate wirelessly and allow a field technician to interface with the hardware from their phones.

The edge team is responsible for designing the network, cellular backup system, and mesh network of devices at a farm. We plan for failure, and build in redundancies where possible. Internet can go out for hours and there’s only so much data we can uplink. Boats may park between our antennas.

As Aquabyte evolves, more products will be built on-top of the pixel and sensor data we collect. In order to scale, these algorithms need to live on the edge. We work closely with the machine learning team to help move their algorithms safely from the cloud to the edge.
We are responsible for our own Linux build process and the process of safely deploying software to the devices in the field.

Watch our TV episode with Amazon's CTO at a Norwegian fish farm here! https://youtu.be/YZ_qJ5JFD3I

DUTIES

    • Interface with sensors; cameras; mesh, wireless, and cellular networks to create robust, reliable, and remote data collection and processing systems
    • Develop on ARM-based embedded platforms using C, C++, Python, and golang
    • Improve our embedded Linux build and deployment process
    • Develop software to automate hardware testing procedures
    • Build diagnostic and configuration tooling to enable our field team to interface with our hardware wirelessly from their phones Enable our research team to try new machine learning models on real hardware
    • Participate in hardware specifications for our next generation equipment
    • Participate in on-call for diagnosing and fixing device issues remotely and implementing procedures and tooling to help enable the field team to self-diagnose and fix issues themselves
    • Stare at images of fish, lots of fish

QUALIFICATIONS

    • 5+ years of experience developing on Linux/POSIX systems
    • 4+ years experience working with communication technologies: IPv4 routing, WiFi, BLE, Mesh Networking, Cellular Networks
    • 3+ years experience with Python, C, C++ or golang
    • Excellent communication skills

DESIRED BUT NOT REQUIRED

    • Experience developing and managing a hardware-to-cloud IoT pipeline
    • Buildroot, Yocto Project, uBoot, OpenCV, UART, SPI, I2C interfaces
    • Deploying to NVIDIA Jetson devices (TX1, TX2, Xavier, Nano)
    • Selecting hardware targeted for harsh environmental conditions
    • Ability to read a schematic
    • Certificate authority systems and background in security
    • Building automated QA systems for hardware

BENEFITS

    • Competitive salaries and generous equity
    • Paid maternity leave
    • Unlimited vacation policy
    • Flexible working hours
    • Flexible remote work policy
    • Medical, vision, & dental insurance
    • All expenses paid travel to/from Norway
    • 401k matching up to 4%
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Healthy snacks and drinks
    • Mentorship opportunities, we'll be dedicated to investing in you and supporting you as you grow
Aquabyte is a private company headquartered in San Francisco, and is supported by NEA, Costanoa Ventures, and many other respected investors.

At Aquabyte, we admire interesting people with a unique background. We strongly encourage you to apply even if you don’t satisfy all the requirements, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Watch our TV episode with Amazon's CTO at a Norwegian fish farm here! https://youtu.be/YZ_qJ5JFD3I