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Full Stack Universe Engineer

New York, NY, US / San Francisco, CA, US / Remote (US)
Job Type
3+ years
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About the role

Who We Are

Our mission is to make the world programmable. Sight is one of the key ways we understand the world, and soon this will be true for the software we use, too.

At Roboflow, we’re building the tools, community, and resources needed to make the world programmable with artificial intelligence. Roboflow simplifies building and using computer vision models. Today, over 250,000 developers, including those from half the Fortune 100, use Roboflow’s machine learning open source and hosted tools. That includes counting cells to accelerate cancer research, improving construction site safety, digitizing floor plans, preserving coral reef populations, guiding drone flight, and much more.

Our team is small relative to our impact, and we believe our user success is our success (not the inverse). A team member summarized: “Roboflow is a company full of giant brains and tiny egos.” We find software has a multiplier effect on all roles (not only product and engineering), so Roboflow employs developers across the company in design, sales, customer support, marketing, and beyond.

We’re supported by great customers and investors, having raised over 23 million from Y Combinator, Craft Ventures, Sam Altman, Lachy Groom, amongst other leading software investors.

What We're Looking For

Primarily, you like to make great things with passionate colleagues. You are someone that likes to own outcomes, not only inputs. You’re motivated by having responsibility and accountability. You’re eager to ‘do the work,’ big and small.

You’re curious and learning about new technologies, perhaps an early tinkerer with ChatGPT and AI products. You show more than you tell.

You’re motivated by the question, “How can I improve this?” and have a track record of doing so, even in ways adjacent to your role. Much of our current team is made up of former founders and thrive in the level of autonomy at Roboflow. Maybe you had a side hustle in high school or college.

Many Roboflowers have used our tools before joining. One of the best ways to stand out amongst other applicants is to write about something you have built with Roboflow or contribute to one of our open source projects.

What You'll Do

This is a 1 of 1 role as a full stack developer focused on building Roboflow Universe, our open source dataset and model sharing hub, into the pre-eminent computer vision community. We’re looking for a generalist that wants to wear many hats; at times you’ll need to play the role of engineer (~50% of your time/bandwidth), growth (25%), product manager (20%), and community builder (5%). We’re looking for the founder of a future team that will blossom as they grow Universe’s scale and impact.

Universe is already the largest and fastest growing collection of open source computer vision datasets and APIs, hosting over 200 million user-labeled images, 200,000 open-source datasets, and 100,000 fine-tuned models for a long-tail of computer vision use-cases. It has thousands of daily users and we are now promoting it to a top-level initiative.

No two days will be the same in this role. Some examples of projects you could work on include:

  • Expanding our semantic search feature to allow searching by uploading an image
  • Adding achievements and gamification mechanics
  • Creating new pages for programmatic SEO
  • Implementing automated categorization and curation functionality
  • Integrating with new distribution channels
  • Tying new features of our core platform into Universe
  • Optimizing conversion funnels
  • Building APIs to expose additional functionality to users’ applications
  • Expanding from a read to a read/write paradigm
  • Showcasing foundation and multimodal models to users

Apart from the things you’ll build, you’ll also be doing things like:

  • Diving into metrics to gain insights into how things tick
  • Talking to users to better understand what they need
  • Working with our marketing team to do joint initiatives
  • Running and iterating on experiments/tests you come up with

📅 Within one week, you will…

  • Learn all about our product, company, customers, and vision.
  • Get ramped up in our codebase & become familiar with our architecture and backend.
  • Ship something substantial to an end user.

📅 Within one month, you will…

  • Onboard in person with our founders at our SF hub.
  • Build your first computer vision project with Roboflow (if you haven't already)
  • Be fully ramped up in the codebase & lead your first major initiative.
  • Take over responsibility for the Universe roadmap.

📅 Within three months, you will…

  • Deliver several important new tent-pole features on Roboflow Universe.
  • Be the primary owner of Universe’s metrics.
  • Participate in quarterly planning & chart a course for the next few months.
  • Develop a vision, strategy, and plan for the future of Roboflow Universe.

📅 Within six months, you will…

  • Execute against the goals, roadmap & plans.
  • Attend your first all company onsite.

Who You Are

The ideal candidate for this role is highly technical, curious, and autonomous. As the founding member of the (future) Universe team you’ll need to chart your own course. This role would be perfect for a former technical founder.

To be successful, you’ll need to be a capable full-stack developer versed in web technologies (like JavaScript and HTML/CSS, Node.js, and Python). We use Firebase and ElasticSearch (amongst many other pieces of technology), but you can learn those on the job assuming you have a strong grounding in software development fundamentals.

We’d like for you to have experience growing a web-based product organically (bonus points for familiarity with user generated content, creating network effects, & community). Experience in developer tools and the computer vision / machine learning space is a plus.

Who You'll Be Working With

Our team of ~50 attracts talent like executives that wanted to return to building, founders with a 100M+ exit, Roboflow users turned team members, open source contributors, a cyclist who biked across the United States, prolific high school hackers, a CTO from 100+ person engineering organization, amongst many exceptional others.

You will work directly with our CTO and alongside the rest of our 15-person product/engineering team, with top-notch designers, engineers, and ML experts.

Where You'll Work

Roboflow is distributed across the US and Europe. We currently have Hubs in New York City and San Francisco (and plan to open more as we grow density in new cities). We provide opportunities (like team onsites in different cities) and resources (like a $4000/yr travel stipend) to work in person with other team members as much as you'd like, while also supporting remote team members. You can work from one of our Hubs (we offer a relocation bonus), work from home, work at co-working spaces, etc. We want you to work where you work best!

When You'll Work

Roboflow primarily operates during the daytime hours in the US and there are some synchronous meetings you’ll be expected to attend each week. Apart from that, we have a flexible schedule that allows you to work collaboratively with other team members and asynchronously when needed.

What You'll Receive

To determine your salary, we use a number of market and data-driven salary sources. We review all salaries every 6 months to ensure we stay in line with the market.

💰 The target compensation for this role is $165,000 + equity.

📈 In addition to our cash compensation, we offer generous perks and benefits. Below are some of the highlights:

  • A $4000 Travel Stipend to travel anywhere anytime to work with alongside other Roboflowers.
  • A $350 Productivity stipend to spend on things that make your work environment more productive, like high - speed internet at home or a co-working space.
  • Coverage of up to 100% of your health insurance costs for you and your partner or family.
  • Equity in the company so we are all invested in the future of computer vision and Roboflow.

Not sure if this is you?

We want a diverse, global team with a broad range of experience and perspectives. If this job sounds great, but you’re not sure if you qualify, look into our Former Founders role or subscribe to our career newsletter by emailing "Subscribe" to operations[at] We carefully consider every application and will either move forward with you, find another team that might be a better fit, keep in touch for future opportunities, or thank you for your time.

Learn More About Us

We are building a diverse Satellite team that is distributed across the globe. Roboflow is an equal opportunity workplace; we welcome people from all backgrounds, communities, and experiences.

We provide competitive compensation and stellar benefits to accelerate your personal and work life. Learn more about what it is like to work at Roboflow by reading these blog posts.

See our careers page for all open listings.

About the interview

Interview Process (~6 hours)

Below is the interview process you can expect for this role. We are all motivated to work with an exceptional team and don't currently have recruiters at Roboflow. You will be speaking directly with our team about what it's like to work and thrive at here. We like to work fast at Roboflow, so don't be surprised if all the below conversations happen over a day or two.

Introduction Phase:

[30m] Meet with the CTO for introduction to assess overall mindset and skillset

  • This first interview is a time for us to understand what you’re interested in doing in your next role and ensure it's a good fit for both parties to continue moving forward in the process

[45m] Technical Assessment

  • We will code something together

Team Interview Phase:

[30m x 2] Meet with other members of the team

[60m] Meet with hiring manager again

  • Use this time to review specifics about the job description
  • Begin working through your 30/60/90 projects
  • Ask questions!

Final Interview Stage:

[45m] Meet with Kate Wagner, Head of Operations for a culture discussion

[60m] Meet with Joseph Nelson, CEO and Co-Founder

We check references and conduct a background check

Note: you are welcome to request additional conversations with anyone you would like to meet and we will accommodate as best we can.

About Roboflow

We're on a mission to remove barriers that prevent developers from building their own computer vision applications. Roboflow streamlines the process of labeling, training, and deploying a computer vision model.


Computer vision is going to transform every industry. We're already seeing this play out in fields like transportation (self driving cars), agriculture (drone spraying), and medicine (early stage cancer detection). But these superpowers shouldn't be locked up in the handful of giant technology companies that can afford to hire teams of machine learning PhDs.


Roboflow enables any developer to use computer vision without being a machine learning expert. Our product is the key missing infrastructure that allows developers turn raw images into a useful model -- replacing a sprawling list of one-off utils everyone previously had to reinvent and enabling our users to have working models in hours, not weeks.

For example, Sarah Hinkley from Barn Owl Drones uses vision to identify weeds from crops in drone images so her customers can use fewer herbicides and grow more. She's one of our over 50,000 users working on problems we couldn't even imagine when we got started!


Roboflow is a venture-backed SaaS startup that empowers innovators all over the world to build, train, and deploy computer vision models. Roboflow believes that computer vision is a foundation technology that will transform nearly every industry. We currently have over 250,000 users, including half of the Fortune 100. Roboflow has enabled our customers to accelerate cancer research, conduct experiments in space, accelerate the world’s transition to green energy, and improve the retail experience (to name a few!) with world-altering technology. Investors like Y Combinator, David Sack’s Craft Ventures, Lachy Groom, the founders of OpenAI (Sam Altman and Greg Brockman), and many others back Roboflow.

As with any rapidly scaling startup, we hope to build a team that is both versatile and adaptable. Each role has tremendous potential for growth. As such, we believe that coachability, enthusiasm, and an entrepreneurial mindset are more important than experience or qualifications.


Roboflow went from zero to over 20,000 users in 2020 (and now to over 50,000 in 2021) and our customers are requesting features and product enhancements faster than we can provide them.

We're starting to build out our engineering, marketing, and sales teams. As an integral part of our core team, all roles will inevitably involve wearing a lot of hats; we're specifically looking for people excited about learning new things and filling gaps where needed. And most importantly, we're looking for people who ship.

Learn more about us on our careers page (

Team Size:40
Location:San Francisco
Brad Dwyer
Brad Dwyer
Joseph Nelson
Joseph Nelson