Senior Cloud Architect (Can be Remote)

  • Alexandria, VA, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

About Element 84 

Element 84 is here to help accelerate and scale projects that have a positive impact on people and the planet. We solve challenging problems across a wide range of industries, but our super power is cloud-based geospatial data processing, remote sensing, and Earth science systems. We were founded by husband-and-wife engineers in 2010 and have grown into a skilled group of practitioners building high-performance systems for the biggest corporate and government clients in the world. Our main office is located in Alexandria, VA but we support a large remote workforce from Michigan to Texas and Pennsylvania to California.

A Few Other Things You Should Know

  1. Element 84's values are: We Invest in Each OtherWe are Reliable, and Our Work Benefits our World.
  2. Element 84 works on meaningful projects that are challenging—from a technical, people, and team perspective. We make an impact on large projects through our leadership and expertise, both formal and informal.
  3. Element 84 pays well but we care more about working on projects that matter.
  4. Element 84 values life outside of work. We offer parental leave for everyone and support each other through family challenges like medical problems, adoptions, and new babies.
  5. Element 84 has had a flexible work schedule since our founding in 2010.
  6. Element 84 has made a commitment to diversity. We expect the entire team to share that same commitment. 

About You

You are curious about the world, are constantly learning, driven to lead (formally or informally), and have a strong work ethic. You're interested in solving impactful problems in science, medicine, and other projects that have a societal good. You can work independently or with a team, prioritize your projects, and be effective without micromanagement.

Job Description

About the Job

Element 84 is hiring a Senior Cloud Architect to join our team in building software that uses the latest cloud-based capabilities and technologies for meaningful projects in the public and private sector.  You'll join a small team of multidisciplinary designers and engineers working to solve challenging problems in geospatial, healthcare, disaster response, and transportation. We're a small company with big roles, and you'll be able to make an impact on day one.

You'll care about writing. Our team is remote and written communication is essential. In addition to caring about a well-crafted email and a succinct conference abstract, you understand that good writing is good design and engineering.

Please submit your information, resume and cover letter if you are interested in this permanent position in the Washington, DC metro area.  Remote candidates welcome.


Here are the guidelines we're looking at to gauge experience and skillset:

Required Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Knowledge of agile development practices using associated project management tools
  • Well versed in software engineering methodology and processes
  • Experience with secure software development practices and concepts
  • Experience with Python or NodeJS, preferably in a serverless cloud context
  • Knowledge of relational databases such as Postgres or MySQL
  • Experience with testing and CM tools such as git
  • Knowledge of cloud architecture including but not limited to networking, data storage, security, cloud specific patterns, and AWS service selection.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science or relevant experience
  • AWS certification (Professional and/or Speciality)
  • Experience: 8+ years of relevant experience

Desired Skills:


  • Experience with large-scale data processing pipelines and data lakes in AWS
  • Experience with distributed, loosely-coupled and scalable architectures including serverless architecture and frameworks
  • Familiarity with spatial data, reference and projection systems
  • Experience with geospatial data and tools (commercial or open source)
  • Experience with infrastructure as code (Terraform, Cloudformation)
  • Experience with Relational and NoSQL database design
  • Experience with Cloud security including AWS IAM and VPC concepts
  • Experience troubleshooting serverless and container-oriented AWS deployments (CloudWatch, CloudTrail, X-Ray)

Candidates must have strong technical abilities, excellent communication skills, and a teamwork emphasis. Candidates must also be able to integrate into a highly-skilled Software Engineering team.

This position may be governed by a federal contract which requires applicant to be a U.S. Person who is eligible to obtain any required Export Authorization.  At this time, Element 84 will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Additional Information

Paying attention to who we are -- as a company, as people, as family members, friends, and colleagues, is probably the biggest part of who we are. There are lots of ways to run a company and you have probably experienced more than your share. For us, it's wanting to come to work, being around people we enjoy, taking on big things with people you trust, and sharing our achievements as a team.

  • You’ll get credit when things go right and we’ll have your back when things go wrong.
  • We only take on work that is challenging and right for us. There are projects we will turn down and the team has a say.
  • We may be a small company, but we have big company benefits meant to support the idea that we're here for the long term and that happiness comes from much more than just where you work, including 401k, health & dental insurance, life & disability insurance, flexible schedule, cell phone stipend, flexible spending accounts for transportation and dependent care and a generous PTO policy.

We have an extraordinary retention rate because we only hire extraordinary people. We hope that’s you.

Element 84 is an equal opportunity employer, with a company culture that values diversity. We embrace inclusivity and believe that diversity of thought, perspective, and experience helps us reach higher and think bigger. Element 84 is committed to hiring the best person for the team and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. If you are interested in joining us, we want to hear from you!