Iron Ox

Robotic greenhouses for cheaper, sustainable farming.

Senior DevOps Engineer at Iron Ox

San Carlos, CA
Job Type
6+ years
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About the role

About Us

Iron Ox is reimagining the modern farm, utilizing robotics and AI to grow fresh, consistent, and responsibly farmed produce for everyone. Our experienced team of growers, plant scientists, engineers, and innovators are passionate about deeply understanding and developing this new wave of technology to feed an ever-growing population.

Our mission at Iron Ox is dedicated to addressing some of the most significant issues in food security, now and in the future. We’re focused on sustainable, scalable food production for a changing climate and an ever-growing population.

Who We’re Looking For

As a Senior DevOps Engineer at Iron Ox, you will assist our software team to realize our vision for an optimized, intelligent farm. As part of the team, you will lead our efforts to architect, design, implement and test new infrastructure for our CI pipelines and production monitoring systems which will help our team ship and support high-quality software quickly and reliably. You will work with back-end developers, roboticists, and data scientists to build tools that help them do their jobs better and happier. Projects you may work on include a streamlined software deployment and configuration management solution for our farm’s IoT devices and a data upload, ingestion, and surfacing pipeline to support our data science team’s plant science investigations.

We are looking for an experienced Senior DevOps Engineer who can write code to solve specific problems but also sees the value in reusing off-the-shelf tooling to ship infrastructure solutions more quickly. A solid understanding of Linux containers and Linux system administration is also a requirement. Past experience in data engineering or robotics are big pluses, but this position would be great for a DevOps engineer interested in learning more about those domains.

What You'll Do

  • Create and maintain the continuous integration, build, and deployment pipelines
  • Develop new pipelines, scripts, and frameworks for continuous integration, build (robotics, software), test (software, low-level hardware components, high-level robot functionality), and deployment.
  • Own package and configuration management (e.g. Ansible, Docker, etc.)
  • Develop bring up processes for robots and physical systems, including manual and automated processes
  • Define, manage, debug, and help maintain our network infrastructure, for both humans and robots
  • Help debugging system-level issues on robots and other onsite systems
  • Help build an amazing software team by participating in our hiring process

What You'll Bring

  • 5+ years of experience writing clean, maintainable, and well-tested code
  • Experience in Python, Docker, and Cloud container orchestration such as Kubernetes, AWS ECS, or similar
  • Experience with Linux administration and on-premise servers
  • Experience with build systems such as CMake, Bazel, or similar
  • Experience with CI systems such as Github CI, Gitlab CI, Jenkins, Circle CI, or similar
  • Experience with cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, or other cloud PaaS
  • Experience in Networking (routing, firewalls, subnet configuration, etc)
  • Excellent collaborative, communication, and documentation skills
  • BS in Computer Science or a related field
  • Ability to occasionally commute to our farm in Gilroy


  • Experience with ROS
  • Experience with Linux security
  • Experience with data engineering
  • An interest in agriculture

What We Offer

  • Iron Ox is a small startup with a big dream. You’ll be a part of a team founded on transparency, creativity, and impact on our mission to feed people
  • Competitive compensation and meaningful equity package
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • 401K

We are a mission-driven and well-funded startup, backed by the likes of YCombinator, Pathbreaker Ventures, and Crosslink Capital. We are headquartered in San Carlos, CA with our primary production greenhouse facility located in Gilroy, CA.

Iron Ox is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Please note: Iron Ox does not accept unsolicited resumes from staffing vendors, including recruitment agencies and/or search firms. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Iron Ox employees, or any other company location. Any submittals without a prior signed agreement will become property of Iron Ox.

Why you should join Iron Ox

Iron Ox is building robotic greenhouses to make fresh produce accessible to everyone!

Interested in helping feed people using advanced robotics and machine learning? Come join us. We're a team of ex-Google[x] and Willow Garage engineers developing a fully automated robotic farm to make the highest quality produce accessible to everyone.