Jobs at Alumni Ventures Portfolio Companies


Senior Software Engineer



Software Engineering
El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 9, 2023

We'd love to hear from you if you want to

  • Join a quickly growing, profitable startup ($5M contracts won in last 18 months)

  • Work on a product with hypergrowth metrics (14X revenue in last 12 months)

  • Solve problems in a huge market ($1T market size)

  • Work on products that have an impact in the real world

About this role:

Picogrid is looking for a Software Engineer who is passionate about advancing the state of the art in defense. As a foundational member of Picogrid's engineering team, you will work closely with our founders to define our core technology stack, engineering culture, and product roadmap.

The big engineering effort ahead of us is to build a system that's able to ingest, process, store, and serve data from millions of legacy and future defense systems in real time. This will require us to elegantly support billions of permutations of sensor hardware, alternative data sources, analytics/AI tools, and human-machine interfaces, all with a developer-first focus and military-grade reliability/security.

In this role:

  • You will raise the bar of the software in our industry and set a new paradigm for how autonomous systems are engineered

  • You will NOT get bored, working across diverse engineering problems and eventually shaping your role as an individual contributor or manager.

  • You will work alongside top machine learning, hardware, and software engineers.


  • Work collaboratively with hardware, software, and product teams to develop features across the stack, from field-deployed embedded systems to cloud-based data pipelines, to React-based user interfaces

  • Experience developing with Typescript/Node.js, Python, and/or C/C++ is a huge plus

  • Proactively seek user feedback and obsess over user experience

  • Give and search for mentorship inside our team, your network, and our investors

Some types of experiences we're especially excited to see:

  • 2+ years building and deploying highly reliable software in production environments, especially fast-paced startups

  • Experience (or interest in) building climate tech, defense tech, or related fields

  • Experience building high-volume data pipelines

  • Experience with electronics and/or hardware-software systems

  • Open-source contributions or other projects

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience

Why join us?

Picogrid is a profitable, quickly growing company building hardware-software systems for public and private sector customers. We offer:

  • Stock options with a high upside (early stage)

  • Minimum starting salary of $120,000

  • Unlimited PTO and eleven paid holidays

  • Full Health Coverage (medical, dental, and vision)

  • Daily office-provided lunches and dinners

  • Remote-friendly work environment

  • A $300 per year learning stipend that can be used on Audible, Calm, Masterclass, Duolingo, and more

  • A one-time stipend of $500 to assist with expenses that come with setting up a home office

  • Unique office in El Segundo, CA, stocked with quality coffee, snacks, and craft beer

Our technical stack:

  • Typescript-heavy cloud data platform

  • React + Redux UI

  • C/C++ and Python edge compute services and device firmware

  • DynamoDB (NoSQL)

  • Jest test runner

  • Infrastructure: Built on AWS with microservice-based architecture. Containerized services deployed on ECS and EKS.

Interview Process

  1. You apply

  2. Complete a 30-minute coding project

  3. Conversation with our engineering team about your work experience

  4. Virtual onsite interviews

  5. We make you an offer 🎉

About Picogrid

Picogrid is a defense technology company that builds a common platform for autonomous systems.

We connect fragmented technologies including visual surveillance, radar, and electronic warfare to enable new capabilities across sensors, artificial intelligence, and command and control systems.

From day one, your work will touch the lives of our users across the U.S. Army, Air Force, CAL FIRE, PG&E, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and others.

Export Control Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.