Senior Cloud Software Engineer (Can be Remote)

  • ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
  • 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 Software Engineer 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:

  • 6+ years of software development experience, including 3+ years with Python
  • Experience with shell scripting
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) including at a minimum EC2, S3, IAM, Lambda and Terraform
  • Ability to work as a member of small team using the Scrum methodology
  • Firm commitment to automated testing and continuous integration
  • Proponent of continuous improvement; willingness to bring new ideas to the team
  • Energetic, self-motivated, team player
  • Degree in a technical major, such as Computer Science or Engineering

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with Geospatial Python libraries
  • Experience with basic networking
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines (i.e Jenkins or any other that is similar)
  • Experience working in a development team using an Agile methodology (preferably Scrum or SAFe)
  • Experience with the Atlassian tool suite (JIRA, Confluence, Bamboo)
  • Experience presenting at technical conferences
  • AWS Certification (Associate Level)
  • Experience with Docker

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!