Back-End Software Engineer – MethaneSAT, LLC

Environmental Defense Fund · Remote - US

Climate Change
$110000 - $124000 Per Year
Posted 3 weeks ago

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Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.

We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.

Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?

MethaneSAT, LLC, an affiliate of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is launching a new, high performance, purpose-built satellite—MethaneSAT—to map and measure oil and gas methane emissions worldwide, with the potential to assess emissions from the full range of man-made sources. The satellite will enable us to gather methane emissions data on a global scale and with data from other sources, locate and quantify these emissions.  Data from MethaneSAT will help EDF reduce methane emissions by 45% by 2025 and holds the potential to help reduce the temperature of our planet by as much 0.5 degrees C by the end of the century.  This could be the most impactful environmental project yet conceived. 

With current estimates at 10,000 cores per day, the Data Platform will handle the constant stream of data it receives from MethaneSAT. The system will apply a series of algorithms to each scene capture that turn a raw stream of bytes into detailed insights. The system will handle automated and manual Q/C, reprioritization, scene reprocessing and the creation of processing metrics and logs for engineers and analysts.  A flexible, multi-cloud solution is required that is fault tolerant, handles preemption of resources and extensible is essential for MethaneSAT to deliver timely and accurate information to regulators, policymakers and activists worldwide.

Overall Function

The Back-End Software Engineer will be critical in the design, build and implementation of the Data Platform processing, serving and storage infrastructure. Working across several organizations, the Back-End Software Engineer will design and write software using best practices that meets the needs and requirements of our Data Platform and our broader project goals.

The Back-End Software Engineer will report directly to the Sr. Engineering Director, Data Products for MethaneSAT, LLC, and will work closely with other MethaneSAT, LLC staff, key contractors, and EDF staff.   

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and write software to further extend our Data Platform Backend, including algorithm implementations, complete sub-systems, new features, performance improvements as well as toolkits for our partners.
  • Collaborate effectively with varied stakeholders to determine the requirements for the Data Platform Back-End features and components.
  • Contribute to the engineering team regarding code quality, best practices, development workflow, test strategy and test coverage.
  • Conduct code reviews, bug bashes and design reviews with the team. Research new technologies and work through system issues and bug queue.
  • Navigate differing needs and priorities effectively and leverage experience to determine most effective design and recommendations.
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; BS in Computer Science, Physics or Math preferred.
  • Must be a US person (citizen, green card holder); MethaneSAT, LLC is unable to offer employer-based sponsorship for this role at this time.
  • 3 years professional software development experience with demonstrated progressive responsibility and scope.
  • Algorithm development and/or Science data processing experience is strongly preferred.
  • Extensive Cloud experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a compiled language.  Willingness to learn and use Go.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present your ideas to internal stakeholders are a must.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to translate complex science and technical information to non-scientists stakeholders.
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically and independently recommend and determine approaches to completing projects and managing processes where precedents are not available. 
  • Strong ability to work independently on a multi-disciplinary team in a fast-paced work environment, using independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.

Please include a Cover Letter with your submission.

Hiring Range

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.

The pay range for this role is 110,000 - 124,000 USD which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

How to Apply

Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter on our careers site at:

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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