Senior Infrastructure Engineer

KoBold Metals

United States of America / Canada
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: IT
  • Post Date: 01/15/2021
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  • Company Address: 64 Shattuck Sq Ste 210, Berkeley, CA, 94704, US

About KoBold Metals

KoBold Metals is pioneering Machine Prospecting by applying statistical modeling, big data aggregation, and foundational ore-deposit science to materially improve the pace and efficacy of natural resources exploration.

Job Description

About the company

KoBold Metals is using machine learning and other scientific computing techniques to explore for the critical materials needed to build electric vehicles and personal electronics. Many new mines will be needed if electric vehicles are to become widespread; but before new ore deposits can be mined, they have to be found. Our objective is to discover new ore deposits rich in critical battery materials. KoBold’s team combines the world’s top mineral explorers with an outstanding team of data scientists and software engineers.

Our data platform, TerraShed™, aggregates and structures vast collections of scientific data from around the world. We use the data in TerraShed™ to predict the locations of anomalies beneath the earth’s surface and to rigorously quantify how new data can decrease the uncertainty of our predictions. These models – our Machine Prospector® software – guide our decisions of where to acquire land, what field data to collect, and where to drill to discover new ore deposits.

KoBold Metals is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Equinor.

About the position

In this role, you will architect and deploy software to accelerate discovery of battery metals and to help construct the global geoscience data system that underlies our digital exploration program. You will join an outstanding team of data scientists and engineers and will work closely with KoBold’s world-renowned geoscientists. You will be responsible for helping us build reliable and secure infrastructure while contributing broadly across our technology stack. Ultimately, your role is to help build data tools to solve challenging scientific problems and to enable the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. As one of the early members of this team, you will help build these tools from the ground up.


The Senior Infrastructure Engineer will:

  • Help develop KoBold’s proprietary data system, TerraShed™, and modeling software, Machine Prospector®
  • Design and implement infrastructure for distributed parallel ML and scientific computing
  • Design, implement, and maintain security protocols for highly proprietary data
  • Design components of the data system to ingest, store, process, and access a large volume and wide variety of geoscience data for both predictive modeling and visualization

A great Senior Infrastructure Engineer candidate will have:

  • Expertise in at least one programming language (KoBold’s primary language is Python, but a candidate with expertise in, e.g., Go or Ruby will still be competitive)
  • Experience designing and deploying systems in the cloud on AWS, GCP, or Azure and defining those systems with infrastructure-as-code tools such as Terraform or CloudFormation
  • Experience storing and processing diverse datasets in both relational and NoSQL architectures
  • Experience designing and deploying containerized solutions
  • Experience building systems to develop, deploy, and instrument machine learning models
  • A development style that favors rapid incremental improvements that can be continuously delivered, rather than large sweeping changes with major roll-outs
  • Prior responsibility for planning and implementing information security measures, including monitoring and alerting

A great Senior Infrastructure Engineer candidate will also be:

  • Motivated to build and maintain systems that meet challenging infrastructure requirements and to work closely with engineering colleagues on a broad set of infrastructure problems
  • Excited to work on a wide range of problems, and to take on a wide range of responsibilities, learning new tech tools whenever needed
  • Highly intellectually curious and eager to learn from technical experts who aren’t solely software engineers
  • Keen not just to build products, but to figure out what product to build to best achieve the business objectives of the company
  • Highly self-motivated and autonomous, able to effectively structure one’s own work, make realistic time estimates, and communicate well as one progresses
  • Focused on making decisions about risk based on practical considerations and a deep understanding of the company’s business, rather than on compliance checklists or blind adherence to a preferred set of practices
  • A clear technical writer, reflecting a deep understanding of what guidance users/colleagues need to effectively and efficiently use the systems you build
  • Comfortable with a fast-changing work environment
  • Careful to get the details right

It is helpful but not required to have:

  • Experience with geospatial databases, analyses, and/or visualizations
  • Experience with Kubernetes
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in the physical sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics

Level: KoBold is happy to consider candidates varying experience levels, with commensurate compensation. This is an individual contributor role. This position requires a minimum of 4 years of relevant full-time professional work experience; recent bachelor’s/master’s candidates are unlikely to be competitive.

KoBold Metals is an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity for people of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

This position is full-time, exempt.

Location: Any location within the U.S. or Canada. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. or Canada. Candidates who have previously worked in remote roles should describe this in their cover letters. KoBold has its primary technology office in Berkeley, CA, and also has offices in Vancouver, BC and Madison, WI; however, we are a remote-first company and our technology and our geoscience teams are highly distributed.

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