Optimal

Senior Software Engineer at Optimal

Rotterdam · Full Time

We are a collection of engineers and scientists from Oxford, MIT and DeepMind, on a mission to grow safer, healthier food by deploying fully autonomous indoor farms outside every city on earth. Backed by world-leading deep technology funds, including Founders Fund.

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THE MISSION AND TEAM

We are a collection of engineers and scientists from Oxford, MIT and DeepMind, on a mission to grow safer, healthier food by deploying fully autonomous indoor farms outside every city on earth.

Our team includes a professor of control engineering, a research scientist who helped reduce the cooling bill of a Google data centre by 40%, and a farmer who started as a vegetable picker 40 years ago and now runs one of the most advanced indoor farming operations in the world.

We are backed by world-leading deep technology VC funds, including Founders Fund, who have backed companies such as SpaceX, Palantir and Square from the very start. We are well capitalised for the future having raised one of the largest seed rounds ever in Europe.

YOUR ROLE

AI is an applied science. The faster we can run experiments, test ideas and iterate algorithmic approaches, the faster we can achieve our mission of deploying AI-controlled indoor farms outside every city on earth, and the faster the world gets access to safer, healthier food. You will be designing and developing the software machinery to allow us to iterate at maximum velocity towards this goal.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

- Design, develop, test and deploy high quality software, enabling us to rapidly run experiments, test ideas and iterate algorithmic approaches in simulation environments and within our large-scale, $50m indoor farms.
- Create the central nervous system of our machine, connecting AI agents to their sensors and actuators.
- Work closely with our machine learning and reinforcement learning.
- Ensure a high standard of software quality across the team by reviewing designs and code, and providing feedback and mentorship.
- Improve our software development toolset and processes.
- Continually learn and self-improve, helping others to do the same.

YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

- Advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in computer science or a related field.
- Strong foundations in software design/architecture, data structures and algorithms.
- Software development experience in a commercial environment.
- Strong programming skills in a general purpose programming language.
- Broad knowledge of data processing tools and services.

Extra credit
- Experience with the python data stack: numpy, pandas, matplotlib etc.
- Knowledge of machine learning or reinforcement learning.

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What We're Building

We are a collection of engineers and scientists from Oxford, MIT and DeepMind, on a mission to grow safer, healthier food by deploying fully autonomous indoor farms outside every city on earth.

Our team includes a professor of control engineering, a research scientist who helped reduce the cooling bill of a Google data centre by 40%, and a farmer who started as a vegetable picker 40 years ago and now runs one of the most advanced indoor farming operations in the world.

We are backed by world-leading deep technology VC funds, including Founders Fund, who have backed companies such as SpaceX, Palantir and Square from the very start. We are well capitalised for the future having raised one of the largest seed rounds ever in Europe.

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Optimal Team

David Hunter
Founder/CEO @Optimal. Deep Reinforcement Learning research @University of Oxford. Algorithmic trading @Deutsche Bank.
João Abrantes
Founder @Optimal. Machine Learning and Robotics research at @EPFL .
Richard Mason
Senior Engineer @ Optimal Labs. PhD in Engineering @University of Oxford . O. Hugo Schuck Prize Winner. YC Fellowship and Entrepreneur First alumni.
QIXUAN FENG
Engineer @ Optimal Labs, MSc in Computer Science from Oxford.

Optimal Investors

Philipp Moehring
Managing everything Europe (funds, syndicates) @AngelList. Investing in early stage tech companies in Europe. Connecting founders, investors & talent.
Nathan Benaich
Investing in intelligent systems.
Michael Orland
Currently: trying my hand at angel investing. Previously: CRO @Songkick, MBA @London Business School, PM @Rave Wireless, PM @Vindigo
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