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Hardware Systems Engineer

Company: Kairos Aerospace
Location: Mountain View
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job Description:

About Kairos Aerospace At Kairos Aerospace, we combine innovative aerospace systems with advanced data science. Unlike traditional aerospace companies, we sell information, not hardware - we operate our sensors cost-effectively at continental scale to produce novel data streams about pressing global problems.First on our list: spotting hard-to-monitor emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change. Since starting continuous survey operations in 2018, Kairos has removed methane emissions equal to over 9.2 million tonnes of CO2e through our work. To put that in perspective, that's equivalent to over 2 million cars being removed from the roads for a year or shutting down about seventeen 350 MW coal-fired power plants.We call that a good start.As a team, we love science and engineering, we love getting our hands dirty with hardware and software, and we love seeing our work make a difference in the real world.We've created a diverse, collaborative, supportive, and fun environment based on integrity and treating people right. So no matter your gender, gender identity, race, age, beliefs, sexual orientation, or disabilities, we welcome you and would like to work with you. :-)It's never boring, it's always challenging, and we're usually laughing.Detecting, quantifying, and accurately locating methane emissions starts with designing, building, and supporting robust and scalable hardware solutions. Hardware at Kairos ranges from Linux single board computers to short wave infrared imaging cameras to GPS/INS systems and are used to collect the various imagery that goes into our final data product. The hardware team is responsible for speccing components, improving the Kairos imaging pod through design tweaks, implementing new features in the flight software (C++ and Python), and supporting the field crews by troubleshooting issues as they arise. Kairos is looking for engineers to help scale our hardware solutions and as a result mitigate climate change in an actionable and tangible manner.A hardware systems engineer at Kairos is ideally a generalist who is comfortable working on various problems throughout the architecture described above. We don't expect someone to begin Day 1 with all of these skills but rather is excited to learn in a fast-paced environment and pick it up as they go. You will work directly with the hardware itself at our office in Mountain View enabling you to reproduce field issues, troubleshoot them, and push fixes out into the field.Must HavesThe ability to learn quickly in a self-guided manner - much of what we do is solving new problems by integrating one or more pieces of new technology.Experience working with hardware at a systems levelA desire to work with vendors to spec out and acquire new hardwareExperience interfacing with Linux on a command line An ability to work in conjunction with hardware engineers and operations engineers to take input and suggestions and turn those into scalable solutions.A desire to solve real-world problems over working on technical problems in isolation - none of our work fits in neat boxes. Instead, we have a team that is focused on the impact our work can have on the future of life on the planet and prioritizes real-world progress over problem-focus purity.Degree in Mechanical/Aerospace/Electrical engineering or equivalentNice to HavesPython/C++ ExperienceHardware design and deriving engineering drawings (Solidworks, Fusion 360, etc)Knowledgeable about or experience with camera systemsLife at KairosA few important facts about working at Kairos Aerospace:- We provide health, dental, and vision insurance, including subsidized coverage for dependents. Our 401K plan does matching based on the amount of methane we removed from the atmosphere in a given year.- We think death-march hours are a bad way to run a company. We expect something approximating a 40-hour workweek, but mostly we just care that your work gets done. No, really. (Full disclosure: we occasionally put in some extra hours during crunch periods, but that is the exception, not the norm).- We do not track vacation time, nor do we have set hours to be in the office. Instead, we encourage taking real vacations, mental health days, leaving early to pick up the kids, working from home, time-shifting commutes, staying home when you're sick, ducking out to the gym - we believe work time should be flexible.In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have transitioned to 100% remote work aside from hardware and flight operations and plan to continue having remote positions in perpetuity.(We love it when kids make a cameo in a video call.)

Keywords: Kairos Aerospace, Mountain View , Hardware Systems Engineer, Other , Mountain View, California

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