Embedded Linux Software Engineer

Boulder, CO /
Engineering /
Our Mission at Scythe
Humanity has lost touch with nature - we’ve traded dirt and trees for asphalt, and we rely on loud, polluting, gas-powered machines to care for our limited natural spaces.

Scythe is forging a new future by building intelligent, all-electric machines that unlock a new superpower: the ability to care for the outdoors pollution-free at enormous scale. From today’s first steps in landscape maintenance to full-fledged re-terraforming in the future, Scythe is pioneering autonomous machinery that supports the ingenuity of humans, multiplying our power to nurture our planet.

At Scythe, you’ll work with a team of world-class experts in everything from computer vision to mechanical engineering, pushing the limits of possibility and growing by overcoming hurdles along the way. 

The world needs what we’re building—come join us in making it a reality.

Software Engineering at Scythe
At Scythe, we're bringing an industry leading autonomous battery-powered mower to market that runs on a powerful single-board ARM and Linux computer with a custom software stack running everything from sensors interaction to autonomy to cloud and user interactions. As an Embedded Linux Engineer, you'll write the lowest level software on our main robot processor that interacts with the rest of the distributed electromechanical system, from cameras and kernel optimizations to CAN and IP networking.

In this role you will work side-by-side with firmware engineers working on numerous CAN-speaking microcontrollers across the system, perception engineers processing camera data at high rate, and applications engineers streaming robot telemetry to the cloud. If you love crafting and debugging Rust, C, C++, assembly, and all manner of hacking, this role will keep you plied with interesting challenges.

You’ll work in concert with teammates from across the company to build a rich understanding of embedded software needs and bring those ideas to life. We expect you to be broadly experienced and to be able to “see around corners”, to thrive in a fast-paced, self-managed engineering environment, and to be a collaborative, low-ego teammate who helps achieve Scythe's mission.

What You'll Do at Scythe

    • Develop low-level, Linux software
    • Debug interfaces with cameras and other sensors across the robot
    • Develop frameworks and application features that communicate over CAN, serial and IP protocols
    • Customize our Linux Kernel and other OS components
    • Partner closely with Scythe Firmware engineers to design and implement communications between the main processor and a distributed set of microcontrollers across the robot
    • Write Rust and some C/C++

What You Know Well

    • C and C++: much of the low-level software will still be written in C/C++ for various reasons, so a deep understanding of development, compilation, linking, and debugging is necessary
    • Linux system operation, driver development, and OS compilation
    • Software development requiring manual memory management and sensitive latency considerations

What You've Maybe Done

    • Programming in Rust or a willingness to learn it on the job to interact with our higher-level software stack
    • Camera, IMU, LiDAR, or other sensor driver development
    • Interaction with CAN, IP, RS485, or other communications protocol
    • Developed and deployed safety critical software
    • Worked with electronics test equipment, such as multimeters, logic analyzers, power supplies, and oscilloscopes

Why Scythe

    • Scythe is an early-stage but well-capitalized startup. Have a huge impact alongside an awesome team of experts shipping something the world has never before seen
    • Competitive salary and equity compensation
    • Fully-sponsored medical, vision, and dental insurance, including 75% funded dependent coverage
    • 401(k) retirement plan (non-matching today)
    • Headquarters near beautiful Boulder, CO. Enjoy the bounties of nature and open spaces close to home with mountain biking, hiking, skiing and more.
    • Satellite offices in Austin, TX and Vero Beach, FL 
    • Flexible paid time-off and remote work to let you do your best work where and when you want
    • Highly collaborative learning culture where personal freedom, growth, and responsibility are valued
    • An opportunity to have an incredible positive impact on the world
Scythe is a total compensation company, which provides employees a comprehensive salary, equity, and benefit package. However, only the minimum salary amounts are listed here. Scythe carefully considers a wide range of compensation factors, including education, years of experience, competencies and other relevant business considerations. These considerations can cause your compensation to vary along with your compensation mode preferences. The Embedded Linux Software Engineer position has an expected minimum annual cash salary of $100,000. The actual pay may be higher depending on your skills, qualifications, and experience. Equity and benefits packages are NOT included in this estimate. Please note that this information is provided for those hired in Colorado only, and this role is open to candidates outside of Colorado as well.

Scythe is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.