Waterloo, ON, Canada
24 Apr 08:05 PM

SkyWatch Engineer

This is your opportunity to become a key member of a venture-backed, NASA award-winning team that is going from space startup to high-growth company. SkyWatch’s office is located at Communitech, the hub of the great startup ecosystem that is Kitchener-Waterloo.

Your role will involve development of the SkyWatch API, which will power the much-anticipated, new platform for accessing the world’s satellite data. You will play a lead role in feature development from ideation, to design, to development, to deployment, and user testing.

You must be passionate about startups and enjoy the intricacies of making one successful. You equate our success with your own and vice versa.


  • Design and develop event driven microservices in multiple languages
  • Playing an integral role in the development of our application backend, REST API and its dependant architecture
  • Leveraging microservices, develop and architect a scalable solution that is able to support thousands of concurrent users making hundreds of requests to our API
  • Understand the structure of the datasets to make the information contained in them more accessible to our end users
  • Set us up for the introduction of map / reduce, machine learning and image processing technologies to bring even more value add to our end users.



  • You have experience building scalable, high availability backend systems
  • You have a strong portfolio that demonstrates your expertise in Python application development
  • You are an expert on what it takes to develop a usable, scalable, high performance REST API
  • You are an expert with server development on Debian and Centos Linux systems
  • You have experience with distributed computing, and are familiar with what it takes to implement it
  • You have familiarity with databases and best practices on being able to serve data quickly and efficiently to it
  • You’ve had some exposure to Hadoop, Apache Spark and Solr, and related tools and infrastructure
  • You know Git from the command line
  • You have knowledge of Amazon Web Services - EC2, API Gateway, Lambda, S3, CloudFront and CloudWatch
  • You have knowledge of Google Cloud Platform and Kubernetes
  • You know the full stack like you know your credit card PIN (hopefully very well).


  • Experience in AngularJS
  • Experience with Java and/or C++
  • Knowledge in geospatial information systems and/or physics.


  • You continuously strive for improvement and efficiencies beyond your own scope of responsibility
  • You have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • You're a proficient organizer with an uncanny ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • You're a critical thinker with excellent decision-making skills
  • You are unafraid to take the lead on a project or task
  • You do amazing work with minimal oversight
  • Space and data excite you – A LOT!


Founded in April 2014, SkyWatch is building a platform that aggregates the world's free and commercial satellite observation data, providing everyone with a simple, single API access point  to build tomorrow’s world-changing applications.

Our team comprises of software developers, engineers, and armchair geospatial information scientists and astrophysicists. We are also: global winners of the 2014 NASA International Space Apps Challenge; Google for Entrepreneurs alumni; TechStars NYC alumni (Summer 2016 Cohort); Lead Organizer of NASA Space Apps Waterloo; members of the Canadian Space Commerce Association; members of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Time-Domain Astronomy; and founding supporters and directors of MaxQ, Canada’s first accelerator focused on space startups.

Our company is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and providing a work environment that is transparent and fun while being free of discrimination and harassment. We strive to offer competitive salaries and compensation. We're also very flexible and open to filling the unique needs of our employees.

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SkyWatch is comprised of entrepreneurs working together to change the world and we’re inviting you to join our rocketship. We offer a fun, friendly, engaging and intellectually stimulating atmosphere which accommodates a wide range of working styles and the opportunity to make a difference. Gaining a unique experience doesn’t substitute great compensation - you’ll receive both!