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Software Engineer

  • Software Development
  • Full-time
  • El Segundo, CA
  • Hybrid

At Sift, we’re accelerating the development of next-generation machines with the world’s first end-to-end telemetry stack — and we’re expanding our team.

Sift’s founders started this company to enable private and government entities to make enormous technological strides. Our focus is on creating a better world for tomorrow, and we’re making an impact with our highly specialized expertise.

By joining us, you’ll help shape future-focused data infrastructure that will power spacecraft, satellite constellations, renewable energy, autonomous transportation, and more.

Sift seeks team members passionate about solving complex engineering problems and building a fast-growing startup.

In This Role, You'll:

  • Design and build a high-performance, scalable, end-to-end data platform for hardware engineering

  • Design and build a delightful user interface for visualizing and transforming millions of data points 

  • Work closely with customers, including hardware engineers, to understand their problems and find efficient solutions

  • Help define engineering culture, standards, and processes

  • Collaborate with peers on architecture, design, and code reviews

The Skillset You'll Bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, data science, engineering, math, physics, or STEM discipline

  • 5+ years of experience in software engineering or data engineering

  • Experience designing and building large-scale, distributed systems or web applications using Go, Python, or an equivalent language

  • Self-starter, able to navigate ambiguity and changing priorities

  • Team player with excellent communication skills and a collaborative work ethic

Bonus Points:

  • Experience working with in-stream data processing and analytics using Apache Kafka, Flink, Beam, or similar

  • Experience with relational and non-relational databases, e.g., PostgreSQL, Druid, Pinot, Timescale, or similar

  • Experience with data exploration tools like Grafana, Jupyter Notebooks, Metabase, PowerBI, or similar

  • Strong understanding of DevOps principles: version control, testing, continuous integration, build, deployment, and monitoring

  • Front-end experience in React or a similar JavaScript framework

Engineering at Sift:

You’ll have the opportunity to heavily influence our stack because we’re still in the early stages of building the product. Relevant technologies include:

  • Web frontend & backend: Go, React, TypeScript, WebAssembly,  D3.js, WebGL, and Tailwind

  • Data: Parquet, Flink, Kafka, Beam, DuckDB, Timescale, QuestDB, InfluxDB, and Druid

  • Infrastructure: GitHub Actions, AWS, Azure, GCP, Docker, Kubernetes, and Terraform

Our Team:

We’re comprised of senior engineers and operators from SpaceX, Google, Palantir, and more. We believe that the best software is written by those close to the source of the problem. One of our founders, Karthik, was a Dragon flight software lead responsible for two Dragon missions to the ISS. His team used SpaceX’s end-to-end data platform before, during, and after every Dragon mission. Our other co-founder, Austin, was a lead on Starlink’s tools team, responsible for the platform that collected data from thousands of Starlink satellites for exploration and data review.


The Sift team is based in Los Angeles. We work closely with hardware companies, many of which are based in LA, building everything from autonomous vehicles to spacecraft. Being nearby for site visits and collaboration is essential for a customer-centric company. This role requires coming into the office two times a week, Mondays and Thursdays.


  • Highly competitive equity grant

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Free lunch, snacks, & coffee

  • Top-tier health insurance: Medical, Vision, & Dental

Remote restrictions

  • Workday must overlap by at least 8 hours with Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Must be a resident of United States