Hardware + software to detect powerline failure and prevent wildfires.

Backend Engineer

Bay Area
Job Type
3+ years
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Tim Barat
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About the role

Please apply here:

Gridware is on a mission to create a future without deadly wildfires. We’re a startup building hardware and software that monitors the power grid to prevent and detect faults that lead to wildfire ignition and blackouts. (More about Gridware below).

To make that happen, we’re currently looking for a backend engineer to join our growing team.

Why do we need you?

We’re manufacturing and deploying our first fleet of critical infrastructure monitoring devices to detect real world fault events that lead to wildfires. As an early team member you will have the opportunity to set the foundation for at-edge systems for protecting the power grid and preventing the next big blaze. The software that you build will change how the grid is designed, operated, and upgraded. You’ll work side-by-side with a highly driven team of mechanical/electrical/software engineers, researchers, and data scientists that have built technologies from satellites and 3D printers to secure operating systems and industrial-scale logistics software.


This is what you’ll be doing:

  • Architect data exfiltration pipelines for our fleet of field devices over low-bandwidth communications links
  • Implement highly-available data warehousing with intuitive APIs and efficient query infrastructure
  • Create monitoring and control software that flag issues with the power grid in real-time and enable operators to dispatch the appropriate resources needed to fix them
  • Design intuitive access patterns that enable our data science teams to run analysis on collected data
  • Deploy new and existing cloud infrastructure that scales with our growing customer-base
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with our hardware team, data scientists, full-stack engineers, and embedded software engineers to supercharge their workflows

Required Skills

To move forward in the application process you should have at least all of these:

  • Strong proficiency in backend scripting languages (preferably Python)
  • Ability in constructing scalable data pipelines, data warehouses, and APIs
  • Comfortable developing on UNIX with an understanding of networking, filesystems, and scripting
  • Knowledge of version control, automated deployments, testing pipelines, and container configuration
  • Familiarity with cloud infrastructure solutions such as AWS, GCP, Azure
  • 3+ years of professional software engineering experience

Bonus Skills

Your application will have a higher chance of standing out, if you have one (or more) of the following skills or experiences. If you, however, have all of the required skills but none of the bonus skills we still encourage you to apply.

  • Familiarity with cloud-architecture to support distributed, low-power devices
  • Has built real-time systems using GraphQL
  • Familiarity with serverless


Although we do not require candidates to submit a cover letter, candidates who wish to have their application stand out are invited to write a cover letter outlining one or all of the following things in a bullet-point format:

  • Where you have acquired the required skills
  • Which (if any) of the bonus skills you have and where you acquired them
  • Why you are interested in this role


We offer competitive benefits that help employees to thrive and grow. These benefits include:

  • An attractive salary
  • Stock option plan
  • 3 day weekends every other week
  • Health, Dental and Vision insurance
  • 401k
  • Commuter benefit (we're across the street from BART) and free parking
  • Training courses and materials covered
  • Standing desks, noise cancelling headphones
  • Annual 2 week mini-sabbatical in addition to normal PTO, with $3000 to help with the adventure
  • In person, but with flexible hours (we try to be in office 11A-3P)
  • Really nice, fun teammates

About Gridware

Our Culture

We are a mission-driven team passionate about saving lives and creating a future without wildfires.

Our Vision

Save Lives Everyday, Everywhere

Our Mission

Prevent catastrophic failures by building a highly adaptable platform capable of answering any question about critical infrastructure.

What we do

We provide a full-stack (hardware + firmware + software) solution for real-time monitoring of America's power distribution grid. Our low-cost hardware platforms are deployed to power poles, where they:

  1. detect and predict faults that lead to wildfire ignition or outages
  2. expedite repairs during power outages

Gridware’s technology is designed to unlock essential values for other adjacent verticals. Our unique positioning allows us to solve some of the world’s most burning challenges - from helping policy makers make data-driven infrastructure decisions to helping farmers overcome micro-climate challenges. While others turn a blind eye to these aged and highly-regulated industries, we at Gridware believe it’s our duty to find win-for-all scenarios that lead to a prosperous future for coming generations.

Our investors

Gridware is a privately-held company with funding from major investors such as

  • True Ventures
  • Fifty Years
  • Y Combinator

Gridware is an equal opportunity employer. We want applicants of diverse backgrounds and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Gridware is located in Walnut Creek, California.

Similar Job Titles: Software Engineer, Cloud Engineer, Data Engineer, Full stack engineer, Software Developer

Why you should join Gridware

Gridware is a well-funded, seed-stage startup addressing the wildfire and grid reliability crises. The electrification of everything from transportation to currency is going to need a highly reliable and performant electric grid of the future and you can help us solve the insanely hard engineering challenges required to build it! As an early team member, you'd own significant portions of the technology buildout and have strong impact in design, product, and culture.

Team Size:14
Location:Walnut Creek, CA
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