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Software Engineer, Backend Web

Scythe Robotics

Scythe Robotics

Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024

Our Mission at Scythe

Humanity has lost touch with nature - we’ve traded dirt and trees for asphalt, and we rely on loud, polluting, gas-powered machines to care for our limited natural spaces.
Scythe is forging a new future by building intelligent, all-electric machines that unlock a new superpower: the ability to care for the outdoors pollution-free at enormous scale. From today’s first steps in landscape maintenance to full-fledged re-terraforming in the future, Scythe is pioneering autonomous machinery that supports the ingenuity of humans, multiplying our power to nurture our planet.
At Scythe, you’ll work with a team of world-class experts in everything from computer vision to mechanical engineering, pushing the limits of possibility and growing by overcoming hurdles along the way.
The world needs what we’re building—come join us in making it a reality.

Backend Web Software Engineer at Scythe

As a Backend Web Software Engineer at Scythe, you'll play a critical role in designing, developing, and maintaining our web services that power our customer-facing applications, enabling our customers to get the best from their robot fleets. Scythe's machines are out in the field helping humanity take better care of the world, and the web services you'll build are the backbone of those operations, enabling fleet management, planning, billing, debugging, and all of the other crucial happenings that lead to the success of our mission.

You’ll work in concert with teammates from across the company to build a rich understanding of product needs and bring those ideas to life. Your expertise in back-end technologies and how they interact with front-end frameworks will be instrumental in creating robust, scalable, and user-friendly software solutions that will supercharge our customers' robot fleets and help Scythe realize its big mission.

What you’ll do at Scythe

  • Design, develop, and deploy scalable and responsive web applications that enable our customers to manage, track and visualize their robot fleets, using a combination of back-end technologies
  • Provide technical leadership and guidance to a team of software engineers, driving best practices, code reviews, and mentoring junior team members
  • Take ownership of feature development ensuring high-quality, tested code, scalability, and performance
  • Develop and implement comprehensive testing strategies to ensure the reliability and stability of the software, including unit tests, integration tests, and automated testing frameworks
  • Collaborate with data platform engineers to write, deploy, and maintain data pipelines to surface and land data in to backend application databases
  • Communicate with front end and mobile engineers to support API needs

What you know well

  • Professional backend web software development
  • Django/Django REST Framework and PostgreSQL
  • Python with experience with data pipelines built to feed web application data sources that have run on Airflow, Dagster, or Luigi
  • GraphQL, especially Apollo GraphQL
  • CI/CD pipelines, containerization (e.g., Docker), and cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, Azure) for deploying and managing web applications
  • How to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and stakeholders, leveraging interpersonal skills

What you’ve maybe done

  • Front-end development in React/Next.js
  • Worked with robots and/or robot applications using ROS
  • Worked on a Data Platform team to move land data in to application databases
  • Led a small team of Full Stack Web developers
  • Mentored a team of software engineers, driving technical excellence and fostering a collaborative environment
  • Worked in a large scale web application deployed on AWS

Why Scythe?

  • Scythe is an early-stage but well-capitalized startup. Have a huge impact alongside an awesome team of experts shipping something the world has never before seen
  • Competitive salary and equity compensation
  • Fully-sponsored medical, vision, and dental insurance, including 75% funded dependent coverage
  • 401(k) retirement plan (non-matching today)
  • Headquarters near beautiful Boulder, CO.
  • Satellite offices in Austin, TX, Dallas, TX and Fort Pierce, FL
  • Flexible paid time-off and remote work to let you do your best work where and when you want
  • Highly collaborative learning culture where personal freedom, growth, and responsibility are valued
  • An opportunity to have an incredible positive impact on the world


Scythe is a total compensation company, which provides employees a comprehensive salary, equity, and benefit package. However, only the minimum salary amounts are listed here. Scythe carefully considers a wide range of compensation factors, including education, years of experience, competencies and other relevant business considerations. These considerations can cause your compensation to vary along with your compensation mode preferences. The Software Engineer, Backend Web position has an expected minimum annual cash salary of $130,000. The actual pay may be higher depending on your skills, qualifications, and experience. Equity and benefits packages are NOT included in this estimate. Please note that this information is provided for those hired in Colorado only, and this role is open to candidates outside of Colorado as well.

Scythe is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.