Platform Engineer - Backend

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Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner. We’re leveraging proven technologies and are building new capabilities to create a constellation of SAR satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour.

At Capella you’ll work in a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is needed—we’re looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success.

Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.

We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

About the Team 

At Capella we task and operate our satellites entirely via a fully automated API – the platform team exposes the API, associated systems and applications to end-users.

The Capella Platform Engineering team is responsible for building and operating all of Capella’s customer-facing APIs, apps, and systems, including algorithms and analytics. We build an API-first customer-facing platform, with various apps, GUIs, and SDKs built on top.  Our systems operate in the cloud (AWS) and on-prem, primarily on AWS & Kubernetes based infrastructure. 

About The Role 

Capella is looking for a Backend Engineer to join the platform engineering team, responsible for building and operating Capella’s user facing systems and APIs. You’ll be responsible for day-to-day product delivery and execution, testing, designing and implementing new systems.  Areas you will work on at Capella include the data archive, searching & indexing, data ingest & product generation, business systems integration, business intelligence, and geospatial streaming & tiling systems, as well as public-facing APIs that expose internal Capella systems such as satellite tasking, scheduling, and feasibility.

Responsibilities & Experience

  • External facing API improvements that serve new customer tasking, scheduling, and capacity-reservation use-cases.
  • Refactoring various software & system components to enable on-prem deployment & operations
  • Significant experience working with REST API’s and application development
  • Past work experience with python, node.js, Kubernetes
  • Past work experience of AWS services, in particular AWS’ serverless offering
  • Practice of the whole software development life cycle – you design it, you code it, you ship it, you own it
  • System engineering and architecture, particularly for high volume, horizontally scalable, cloud-based applications & APIs
  • Experience with WAFs, monitoring & testing tools, code scanning tools & associated security requirements
  • Excellent communication, writing, and cross-team collaboration skills - able to work independently under tight deadlines in a start-up environment


  • Background of working with geospatial and/or remote sensing technology, geospatial data products in various formats, and remote sensing applications in one or more market verticals
  • Experience working with geospatial data - Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) or EO
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Engineering, or an equivalent combination of technical education and work experience.


In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending
  • Short and Long Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • FSA and HSA
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible PTO
  • Capella Community Events
  • Equity
  • Commuter and Parking benefits
  • Cell and Internet Monthly Stipend
Capella Space
Capella Space

United States, San Francisco, CA, Boulder, CO or Remote

Posted 4 months ago

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