Optimal

Senior Software Engineer at Optimal

London, United Kingdom · 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.

INDIVIDUAL MISSION

As a senior software engineer at Optimal you will take full ownership of the design, development and deployment of key parts of our autonomous greenhouse control system.

You will work with a multidisciplinary team across software engineering, control and reinforcement learning to automate growing within our large-scale, $50m pilot facilities, and then into greenhouses around the world.

This role is aimed at a senior engineer who has the ambition to become a technical lead or lead architect within the next year.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
- Create high quality software, enabling us to rapidly prototype ideas, run experiments, and iterate algorithmic approaches in simulation environments and within our massive-scale, $50m greenhouses.
- Design and develop our autonomous greenhouse control system, making use of data pipeline frameworks such as apache airflow.
- Design and develop our simulation environment for continuous integration and performance benchmarking.
- Build internally-facing monitoring and control tools - outsourcing development where necessary.
- Set and own code standards across the team by reviewing designs and code, and providing feedback and mentorship.
- Continuously improve our software development toolset and processes.

Extra credit
- Knowledge of cloud IoT infrastructure e.g. AWS IoT, AWS Greengrass, Google Cloud Platform IoT.
- Knowledge of machine learning, reinforcement learning or control.
- Interest or knowledge of plant biology.

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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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