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Lead Platform Engineer - Government (TS)

Descartes Labs, Remote

A data refinery, built to understand our planet

Duration: Full-Time


The Company
Descartes Labs is a cutting edge company currently ranked #40 in the world for high performance compute (HPC) and top three (3) in the United States. This distinction validates that Descartes Labs is the leading provider of peta-scale geospatial analytics. The Descartes Labs Government business is applying the same state-of-the-art applications that rank us in the top categories nationally and internationally to help Government, Public Sector and Military organizations with big geospatial data challenges achieve mission success.

Our cloud platform enables rapid ingestion and normalization of petascale, geospatially enabled data and facilitates the ability to rapidly train, test, and deploy AI/ML solutions that optimize manual analytical workflows. More specifically, the Descartes Labs platform assists our customers to corral their multi-sensor, multi-intelligence ecosystems by applying scientific analysis to cross-functional challenges at a regional and global level thereby creating new sources of insights and operational advantage for government and warfighter end users to rapidly make informed decisions.

The Role
The Lead Platform Engineer at Descartes Labs will be the technical lead for Infrastructure and Platform as a Service for our government team. As the Lead Platform Engineer, you will be responsible for managing our cloud engineering efforts for all Federal customers including the Intelligence and Defense Communities, leveraging best practices and delivering operational-ready solutions.

You will bridge the gap between our commercial platform offerings and Impact Level 4&6 offerings (IL4 / IL6),  deploying our existing platform onto AWS GovCloud, and working with our commercial team to design and implement improvements to the platform. 

This role may include  on-call responsibilities.

You must be 8570 compliant (IAT Level 2) by date of security indoctrination with any necessary continuing education (CE) for certification.

You must hold, or be able to attain a TS/SCI security clearance.

Your Impact

  • Lead the development and implementation of the Federal DevSecOps Computing Strategy to include cloud adoption, application design, management and monitoring.
  • Assist in testing and deploying microservice-based APIs for our game-changing A.I., geospatial, and data fusion platform.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with software engineering to deploy and operate our cloud processing pipeline.

What You Bring

  • Significant experience as an SRE, Platform Engineer, Cloud Architect, or similar role
  • Production workload experience with Kubernetes or distributed systems
  • Demonstrable familiarity with cloud systems and cloud infrastructure, preferably AWS or GovCloud
  • Strong organization/project planning, time management, and change management skills
  • Solid software engineering skills, preferably in Python
  • Ability to architect scalable, highly available, cloud-native applications
  • Real-world experience with automation & configuration management (Terraform)
  • Experience with modern build systems and CI/CD pipelines (e.g. ArgoCD, Spinnaker, Jenkins, etc)
  • Experience designing, implementing, and maintaining SQL databases  and document databases such as ElasticSearch
  • Experience working with geospatial data
  • Some knowledge of of machine learning methods and tools
  • Experience working with remote team members

Who You Are

  • Curious. You are always exploring and experimenting, interested in why and how, seeking not only to understand but to make work and the world better. You enthusiastically share your learning with others and actively seek information and knowledge. 
  • Conscientious. You are determined, always keep your promises, and are forward thinking. Principled and integrous, you take your commitments seriously.
  • Humble. Unpretentious and self-aware, you cultivate compassion for others and take responsibility for your mistakes. Egoes are barriers to doing the best work and always learning. 
  • Open and Inclusive. You are receptive and interested in new ideas and perspectives, even when those perspectives don’t agree with your views. You value and respect difference and create ways for all people to contribute to the organization. 
  • Collaborative. You know it takes a team to get anything accomplished and you actively and inclusively work across the organization. You listen intently and openly and are always focused first on creating the best results. 
  • Adaptable. You are able to navigate changing circumstances and environments with ease and approach uncertainty with enthusiasm, while inspiring others towards effective goal setting and accomplishment.

Top Reasons to Work at Descartes Labs

  • We pride collaboration over ownership, iteration over perfection, principles over rules, and discussion over directives
  • We’re using the world’s top technology to solve the world’s largest problems with a strong focus on sustainability, environment, and impact science
  • We look at Descartes Labs as a work environment where people are included, treat their colleagues with professional regard and respect, and thrive as a result
  • We’re a highly collaborative company that constantly promotes success through teamwork
  • We strongly encourage and enjoy a flexible work environment
  • Descartes Labs offers a generous compensation package including competitive salary; choice of medical plan; dental, life, and disability insurance; paid holidays and paid time off
In response to Executive Order 14042 and accompanying Task Force Guidance, all Descartes Labs Government Inc. employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by January 18, 2022, unless a medical or religious accommodation is formally approved by Descartes Labs Government Inc. prior to employment or as otherwise required by law. Proof of vaccination is a condition of employment.

You belong here! If your experience and interests match with some of the above, we want you to apply. 

We are dedicated to building a diverse community, where employees belong, even if they are different. Scientific discovery is in our DNA, and diversity fuels innovation. 

Accommodations will be provided as requested by candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process

About Descartes Labs

Data will be the great enabler of new technologies, new products, and new businesses of our generation. Descartes Labs is building a data-refinery on a cloud-based supercomputer for the application of machine intelligence to massive data sets. By teaching computers to see, we create the infrastructure and services needed to model — and predict changes in — resources and the entire value chains in which they live. We enable businesses to better apply insights from data - both their own and external sources - across sectors ranging from energy and agriculture to large scale industrial and government. Our mission is to better understand the planet, for good and for profit, so our team of applied scientists also does impact science work around natural disasters, the spread of disease, and food security. Today, Descartes Labs is using its data refinery for satellite imagery. We currently process images from the major NASA and ESA satellite constellations at scale, creating a digital data twin of the entire planet that monitors the whole earth, in near real-time. We are headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have offices in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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