Software Engineer, Infrastructure & Networking

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WindBorne Systems is supercharging weather models with a unique proprietary data source: constellations of next-generation smart weather balloons targeting the most critical atmospheric data. We then combine that unique data source with the world’s most accurate AI weather models. Our long-term vision is to eliminate weather uncertainty, and in the process help humanity adapt to climate change, be that predicting hurricanes or speeding the adoption of renewables. The founding team of Stanford engineers was named Forbes 2019 30 under 30 and is backed by top investors including Khosla Ventures.

WindBorne is looking for a Software Engineer to help build mission critical infrastructure as we scale our global operations. You will be scaling core launch automations & manufacturing throughput, optimizing bottlenecks while ensuring peak performance with robust fault-tolerant availability. This is an intentionally broad set of tasks that require a systems-level understanding & excitement of how your software keeps the spice flowing, from our custom distributed telemetry protocol to our in house manufacturing & validation workflows. As a key player in expanding the world's largest atmospheric sensing network and the world's highest accuracy AI weather predictions, you'll contribute to groundbreaking work that has far-reaching implications.

Image of a WindBorne balloon
Map of hundreds of WindBorne's flights, covering the entire northern hemisphere
A balloon + flight paths from over 600 flights conducted by WindBorne

We're dedicated to both mitigating climate change and helping humanity adapt to its effects as fast as possible, and you can be a part of our mission to make this global societal impact. If you like the idea of working on cutting edge technology, and working with a fast moving team, WindBorne is the place for you.


  • Engineer reliable, scalable, and secure infrastructure solutions to support both global launch network reliability and engineering & manufacturing operations.

  • Implement rigorous testing, continuous integration, and deployment processes to ensure high reliability and performance of our infrastructure.

  • Deploy, manage, and monitor core infrastructure, prioritizing scalable interfaces and rapid iteration, while minimizing downtime and effectively triaging issues that arise.

  • Guide global launch site expansion, aligning operational & customer demands with hardware validation & deployment

  • Manage on-premises resources and cloud services to ensure a seamless operational environment.

  • Adapt to evolving GSB technology, prioritizing flexibility in development to address changing needs.

  • Integrate hands-on troubleshooting and problem-solving to address scaling challenges of interconnected systems.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Years of professional experience writing, shipping, and maintaining software in a real-world setting.

  • Must be excited by rapid iteration more than trying to perfectly plan ahead of time

  • Proficiency in Python, C++, & BASH, with extensive experience in low-level Unix networking and file interfaces.

  • Ability and willingness to get hands dirty in low level software.

  • Instinct for optimizing performance bottlenecks while designing distributed solutions that are robust, secure, and minimize maintenance cost.

  • Must be an effective communicator, adept at conveying complex technical ideas in accessible terms to stakeholders at all levels.

  • Must excel in a collaborative environment, fluidly designing solutions that minimize tradeoffs and interface cleanly with other team’s systems.

  • Expertise in DevOps practices, infrastructure automation, continuous deployment, monitoring, and database management.

  • Experience with global network reliability, emphasizing the development and deployment of robust, fault-tolerant systems.

  • A proactive approach to identifying and resolving performance bottlenecks, with an instinct for optimizing system performance and security.

  • Must be comfortable being scrappy and architecting solutions in a rapidly evolving, undefined problem space.


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Stock Option Plan
  • Office food and beverages


Address: 858 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA.

In person strongly preferred.

What our hardware looks like

Closeup of a WindBorne balloon
Launch rig
Photos taken in Svalbard, Norway, 78°N

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