Optimal

Lead 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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Job Description

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

As a lead software engineer at Optimal you will own the delivery of mission critical software projects. You will lead a team of talented engineers as we deploy our control systems across our $50m greenhouses.

This role is aimed at a senior engineer who is ready step up to lead their own team, and be on track to take on a VP of Engineering role at a fast growing startup.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

- Deliver high quality software, enabling us to rapidly run experiments, test ideas and iterate quickly to achieve our goal of autonomous control of our large-scale, $50m indoor farms.
- Recruit and manage a team of world-class software engineers.
- Work closely with our machine learning, reinforcement learning and control engineers.
- Ensure a high standard of software quality across the team by reviewing designs and code, and providing feedback and mentorship.
- Continuously improve our software development toolset and processes.

YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in computer science or a related field.
- Software development experience in a commercial environment delivering product
- Strong foundations in data structures, algorithms and software design/architecture.
- Strong programming skills in a general purpose programming language.

Extra credit
- Experience with cloud computing services e.g., AWS
- Experience with compiled languages e.g., C, C++
- Experience with the python data stack: numpy, pandas, matplotlib etc.
- Knowledge of machine learning, reinforcement learning or control.

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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
CTO @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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