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Climate change, food security, and public health are just a few of the global concerns demanding humanity's attention. Insightful and timely knowledge about the planet we share is critical to finding sustainable solutions to these challenges. Geospatial Earth-Observing (EO) satellite, aerial, and drone data provide a unique, global perspective and have the potential to uncover new insights about the world. Howevever, the recent explosion of EO data from public and private satellite operators presents both a huge opportunity as well as a challenge to the data analysis community. It is Big Data in the truest sense, and its footprint is growing at an exponential rate.

Astraea builds EO-based analysis tools and information products. At the center of our products is Astraea EarthAI, our scalable machine-learning platform tailored for EO raster and vector data. Its mission is to provide global knowledge for local impact by combining cutting-edge technologies and analytics-ready imagery data into an integrated suite of AI tools. Astraea EarthAI empowers corporations, organizations, and individuals to easily access, analyze, and extract actionable insights about our planet.

We are a small team operating in a fast-paced startup environment in Charlottesville, Virginia, located two blocks from the iconic downtown pedestrian mall. We believe in work-life balance, but we also know when to roll up our sleeves. Team members strive to support one another, where in addition to performing our technical work, we are not above putting together furniture or straightening up the kitchen. We have excellent benefits, including flexible hours and fully-covered family health insurance. If we seem like a good fit for you, please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@astraea.io.

Vision & Values

1
Excellence

We strive for it in everything, knowing we will fall short sometimes. It’s the attitude and the perseverance that matters.

2
Intellectual Honesty

We believe the best ideas deserve to be implemented, and the best ideas can come from anyone.

3
Deep Respect

Hand in hand with intellectual honesty is a deep respect for fellow employees, for customers, and for the community.

4
Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that diversity fosters a stronger team, a better workplace, and a more successful company.

5
Work / Life Balance

We insist on it. We work hard, but we also have lives outside of work, and we live them to the fullest.

6
Ownership

Everyone has a responsibility and commitment to bring their best to work and support those around them to do the same.

7
Community

We’re proud to call Charlottesville home. Our office is right off the Downtown Mall so we can stay involved and give back to the community that fostered, encouraged, and supported us prior to launching Astraea.

Open Positions

Front-end Developer

We are seeking a Front-end Developer to help create cutting-edge applications supporting Earth-scale geospatial analysis. As a Front-end Developer, you will strive to layer a well-constructed UI over solidly-engineered scaffolding, working primarily in browser-based technologies. Candidates will have interest in building systems with intuitive interfaces that will control complex analysis tools as well as provide data-rich visualizations across a variety of challenging geospatial problems. We build high-performance, user-enabling experiences that streamline the path from data to insight. Candidates should have a passion for front-end development, problem-solving, and learning new skills, and be willing to embrace an opportunity to provide creative input, technical expertise, and work with a highly skilled and diverse technical team.

Sought Qualities

  • Ability to communicate clearly with technical team members, maintaining openness to multiple viewpoints
  • Ability to learn new tools and paradigms quickly
  • A drive to support maintainability through testing, dependency management, and repeatable builds

Expected Experience

  • 2-5 years of practical UI development experience
  • Experience in browser-based technologies (Modern JavaScript, Less/Sass, etc.)
  • Experience with one or more modern web client frameworks (React, Vue, Angular, etc.)
  • Ability to interpret use cases, wireframes, and mockups
  • Exposure to best practices in deployment automation, web security, containerization, microservices architectures, and cloud computing services a plus

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Senior Front-end Engineer

We are seeking a new team member who can see through our users' eyes and help architect the future of our EarthAI platform. As a Senior Front-end Engineer, you will build an intuitive interface that enables users to gain insight into solving some of the Earth's biggest problems. Using modern browser-based technologies you will have the opportunity to influence the design, innovate new ideas, and implement production-quality user interfaces across our various platform needs. You will be expected to apply your technical thought leadership and participate in technology, architecture, and design discussions focused on building out and improving company offerings. You will join a team of talented software engineers and data scientists thriving in a collaborative environment where not every task is fully defined but every project or feature is an opportunity to leave your mark.

Sought Qualities

  • Appreciation for the nuance and complexity in optimizing a user experience across multiple personas/archetypes
  • Ability to learn new tools and paradigms quickly
  • Ability to strike the balance between avoiding technical debt and adapting to emerging business demands
  • Ability to communicate clearly with product stakeholders and technical team members
  • A drive to support maintainability through testing, dependency management, and repeatable builds
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing instructions and requirements

Expected Experience

  • 5-8 years experience in developing production quality web-based UI
  • Expertise in browser-based technologies (Modern JavaScript, Less/Sass, etc.)
  • Deep knowledge in one or more modern web client frameworks (React, Vue, Angular, etc.)
  • Ability to lead the development and/or evaluation of use cases, wireframes, and mockups
  • Ability to communicate with system design diagrams or other visual modeling techniques
  • Application of best practices to deployment automation, web security, containerization, microservices architectures, and cloud computing services

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Associate Data Scientist

We are looking for an Associate Data Scientist to help develop innovative solutions using geospatial Earth-observing imagery data and best-in-class data science methodology.

In this role, you will support research and development activities for Earth-observing data exploration and machine learning algorithms, work with clients across a number of industries to build custom analytics solutions for their businesses, and collaborate with the product team to translate use cases into feature requirements for Astraea’s EarthAI platform.

We seek innately curious, intellectually-driven individuals who are passionate about solving real world problems.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and evaluate Earth-observing imagery and ancillary data sources
  • Process structured and unstructured data to create training sets for machine learning pipelines
  • Analyze large amounts of information to discover trends and patterns
  • Build predictive models and custom machine learning solutions
  • Present information using data visualization techniques
  • Build solutions to address business challenges for clients

Skills and Qualifications

Required
  • Familiarity or basic understanding of machine learning and mathematical modeling
  • Analytical mind and problem-solving aptitude
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently in a collaborative, dynamic, cross-functional environment
  • B.S. (or equivalent degree) in Data Science, Computer Science, Engineering, natural or social sciences, or other relevant quantitative field
Beneficial but Optional
  • 1 year’s experience as an entry-level Data Scientist or Data Analyst (or similar position)
  • Experience in data mining and analysis using common programming languages (such as Python, R, Java, and SQL)
  • Familiarity with Earth-observing data and GIS data processing methods
  • Use of Apache Spark, Hive, NoSQL, or other modern distributed data engines
  • Experience using version control for collaborative software development (e.g. Git)

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Data Scientist

We are looking for a Data Scientist to help develop innovative solutions using geospatial Earth-observing imagery data and best-in-class data science methodology.

In this role, you will support research and development activities for Earth-observing data exploration and machine learning algorithms, work with clients across a number of industries to build custom analytics solutions for their businesses, and collaborate with the product team to translate use cases into feature requirements for Astraea’s EarthAI platform.

We seek innately curious, intellectually-driven individuals who are passionate about solving real world problems.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and evaluate Earth-observing imagery and ancillary data sources
  • Process structured and unstructured data to create training sets for machine learning pipelines
  • Analyze large amounts of information to discover trends and patterns
  • Build predictive models and custom machine learning solutions
  • Present information using data visualization techniques
  • Build solutions to address business challenges for clients
  • Collaborate with the product development team to convert use cases into requirements for the platform

Skills and Qualifications

Required
  • 2-5 years’ experience as a Data Scientist or Data Analyst (or similar position)
  • Understanding of machine learning and mathematical modeling
  • Experience in data mining and analysis using common programming languages (such as Python, R, Java, and SQL)
  • Analytical mind and problem-solving aptitude
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently in a collaborative, dynamic, cross-functional environment
  • B.S. (or equivalent degree) in Data Science, Computer Science, Engineering, natural or social sciences, or other relevant quantitative field
Beneficial but Optional
  • Experience in the deployment and monitoring of predictive models
  • Experience working with Earth-observing data and GIS data processing methods
  • Domain knowledge in one or more relevant industries (e.g. agriculture, land management, urban planning, energy, finance, health care)
  • Prior use of Apache Spark, Hive, NoSQL, or other modern distributed data engines
  • Experience using version control for collaborative software development (e.g. Git)
  • Familiarity with agile development practices

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Senior Data Scientist

We are looking for an experienced Data Scientist to help develop innovative solutions using geospatial Earth-observing imagery data and best-in-class data science methodology.

In this role, you will support research and development activities for Earth-observing data exploration and machine learning algorithms, work with clients across a number of industries to build custom analytics solutions for their businesses, and collaborate with the product team to translate use cases into feature requirements for Astraea’s EarthAI platform.

We seek innately curious, intellectually-driven individuals who are passionate about solving real world problems.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and evaluate Earth-observing imagery and ancillary data sources
  • Process structured and unstructured data to create training sets for machine learning pipelines
  • Analyze large amounts of information to discover trends and patterns
  • Build predictive models and custom machine learning solutions
  • Present information using data visualization techniques
  • Propose solutions and strategies to address business challenges for clients
  • Collaborate with the product development team to convert use cases into requirements for the platform

Skills and Qualifications

Required
  • 5+ years’ experience as a Data Scientist (or similar position)
  • Understanding of machine learning and mathematical modeling
  • Experience in data mining and analysis using common programming languages (such as Python, R, Java, and SQL)
  • Experience in the deployment and monitoring of predictive models
  • Analytical mind and problem-solving aptitude
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently in a collaborative, dynamic, cross-functional environment
  • M.S. (or equivalent degree or experience) in Data Science, Computer Science, Engineering, natural or social sciences, or other relevant quantitative field
Beneficial but Optional
  • Experience working with Earth-observing data and GIS data processing methods
  • Domain knowledge in one or more relevant industries (e.g. agriculture, land management, urban planning, energy, finance, health care)
  • Prior use of Apache Spark, Hive, NoSQL, or other modern distributed data engines
  • Experience using version control for collaborative software development (e.g. Git)
  • Familiarity with agile development practices
  • Experience in technical project management

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Office Manager

The Astraea Team is looking for a full-time Office Manager to keep the office running smoothly and oversee administrative support for an innovative team.

We are searching for an energetic professional who is comfortable multitasking and is excited to contribute in a fast-paced startup environment. Applicants should be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks and be able to work independently with little or no supervision. Applicants should be well organized, flexible, and enjoy the administrative challenges of supporting a rapidly-growing office.

Responsibilities (not limited to)

  • Manage the office calendar and employee/team/community engagements
  • Act as point person for all office vendors
  • Keep office stocked with supplies, groceries, and equipment as necessary
  • Track and manage employee benefits and logistics (parking tags, office keys, health insurance, etc.)
  • Respond to office maintenance needs as they arise
  • Support hiring process and organize incoming applicants
  • Manage on-boarding process for new employees
  • File necessary paperwork and maintain company/employee documents
  • Assist employees with scheduling, travel, and other work-related appointments

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