Optimal

Senior Software Engineer at Optimal

Rotterdam · Full Time

We are a team of AI scientists and engineers from the University of Oxford, Google Deepmind and MIT. Backed by world-leading deep technology funds, including Founders Fund.

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Job Description

THE MISSION

Since the Green Revolution sixty years ago, the combination of new lab-made fertilisers and pesticides has been saving our rapidly growing population from starvation - significantly increasing the efficiency of our agricultural system at the expense of food quality. At Optimal, are are deploying large-scale AI-controlled indoor farms outside every city on earth to grow safer, healthier food - enabling a longer-living population and not just a larger one.

THE TEAM

We are a team of AI scientists and engineers from the University of Oxford, Google Deepmind, MIT and others - including a chair of ICML, a DeepMind research scientist who reduced the cooling bill of a Google data centre by 40%, and a grower 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.

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. Reject the natural talent hypothesis.

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

Since the Green Revolution sixty years ago, the combination of new lab-made fertilisers and pesticides has been saving our rapidly growing population from starvation - significantly increasing the efficiency of agriculture at the expense of food quality. At Optimal, we are growing safer, healthier food by deploying large-scale AI-controlled indoor farms outside every city on earth - enabling a longer-living population, not just a larger one.

We are a team of AI scientists and engineers from the University of Oxford, Google DeepMind and MIT - including a chair of ICML, a DeepMind research scientist who reduced the cooling bill of a Google data centre by 40%, and a grower who started as a vegetable picker and now runs one of the most advanced indoor farming operations in the world.

We are backed by world-leading deep technology funds, including Founders Fund, who have backed companies such as SpaceX and Palantir.

We are in stealth mode. There is limited information about us online.

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David Hunter
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João Abrantes
CTO @Optimal. Machine Learning and Robotics research at @EPFL .

Optimal Investors

Nathan Benaich
Investing in intelligent systems.
Edward Grefenstette
Staff Research Scientist at DeepMind. Former Research Fellow at Oxford. DPhil CS Oxford. Works on the intersection of logic, language, and machine learning.