San Francisco Bay Area or Remote

Sr. Software Engineer, Data Science Engineer

If you apply, we'd love you to tell us about the most impressive thing you've ever built in place of a cover letter.

We are looking for a talented Data Science Engineer to join us as a foundational member of the team, providing leadership in the definition and implementation of processes and tools to enable data science at Avala. An opportunity for big impact and lots of ownership. We're looking for someone self-driven who thrives in the very early stages of a company.

We have high standards and hire exceptional people who will push themselves every day. That means that we hire based on the person first, not their experience. So we encourage any candidate that meets 70% of the qualifications to still apply!


❀️ Why Avala?

At Avala, we're solving the world's most important problems with talented individuals who share our passion to change the world.

  • Be transparent in everything we do
  • Be a Jedi: quality and equality
  • Results above all else
  • Keep your foot on the gas
  • Seek constant improvement
  • Improve lives and livelihoods

Our culture is fast-paced, energetic and innovative. At the end of the day, our collective goal is to ensure that we are working towards a future in which everyone can thrive.


πŸš€ You'll enjoy this role if you can
  • Work with stakeholders to take a vague problem statement, refine the scope of the analysis, and use the results to drive informed decisions.
  • Write reproducible data analysis over data using cutting-edge open source technologies.
  • Summarize and clearly communicate data analysis assumptions and results.
  • Build data pipelines to promote your ad-hoc data analyses into production dashboards that engineers can rely on.
  • Design and implement metrics, applications, and tools that will enable engineers by allowing them to self-serve their data insights.
  • Work with engineers to drive usage of your applications and tools.
  • Write clean and tested code that can be maintained and extended by other software engineers.
  • Operate and support your production applications.
  • Keep up-to-date on relevant technologies and frameworks, and propose new ones that the team could leverage.
  • Identify trends, invent new ways of looking at data, and get creative in order to drive improvements in both existing and future products.


πŸ§‘β€πŸŽ“ Qualifications
  • Strong software engineering foundations and a desire to apply those skills toward making other engineers more productive.
  • Must be willing to constantly learn new things.
  • Passionate about joining a small team and building a company.
  • Strong proficiency in Python, SQL.
  • Strong foundation in statistics.
  • Experience building data visualizations.
  • Experience writing software in a professional environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills to help refine problem statements and figure out how to solve them with the available data.
  • Smart but humble, with a bias for action.


⚑️ Nice To Have
  • You've worked at a startup before.
  • A history of working on side/hobby projects and contributing to open source projects is a plus.
  • Experience with data science tools such as Pandas, Numpy, R, Matlab, Octave, Jupyter notebooks, Bokeh, Superset and Airflow.
  • Experience building data pipelines.
  • Experience building web applications.
  • Experience building machine learning models in a professional environment.
  • Experience with continuous integration and continuous development.
  • Experience in DevOps, e.g. Linux, Ansible, Docker, Kubernetes.
  • Experience with Scala.
  • Understanding of distributed computing, e.g. how HBase, HDFS, Spark and Presto work.


πŸŽ‰ Perks and Benefits
  • ‍Salary πŸ’Έ We offer competitive salaries with performance-based bonuses. And we offer raises at will: we believe that a raise doesn’t need to be tied to an annual review
  • ‍Stock Options πŸ“ˆ We believe that all employees deserve to own a part of Avala. Everyone should be rewarded for a successful company outcome.‍
  • Mission-Driven Company πŸš€Β  We believe that you shouldn’t just work for the sake of making money. Our mission is central to everything we do: it is a higher purpose that gives meaning and motivation to every workday.‍
  • Remote Friendly 🌎 We’re committed to a physical work environment for our core team in the San Francisco Bay Area. But being born in 2020, with a remote culture from day 1, we anticipate having up to 50% of our team working remotely.‍
  • Flex Hours πŸ’ͺ As long as you’re available to collaborate with the team during our core work hours, you can flex your schedule however you’d like. You do you.
  • ‍Unlimited Time Off ⏰ Work-life balance is important. We want you to take trips to refresh your brain and inspire you to do your best work (plus we want you to have fun!).‍
  • Technology πŸ–₯. We hook you up with a laptop and tech that lets you do your best work.‍
  • Leveling Up Opportunities 🌱 Our goal is to nurture internal talent to become organizational leaders as we scale.‍
  • Insurance πŸ₯. Β  We offer medical, dental, and vision insurance to all full-time US-based team members.‍
  • Flexible Parental Leave 🍼 We understand the importance and demands of a growing family. Parents on the team have the flexibility to work from home or take days off when family needs to come first.

πŸ’™ Our Pledge to Fostering an Inclusive and Safe Workplace

Avala pledges to be a harassment- and discrimination-free space for everyone, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, nationality, neurotype, personal appearance, political affiliation, professional background, race, religion, or sexual identity or orientation.