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Software Engineer - Entry Level - Swift Solar

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Job Title
Software Engineer - Entry Level
Job Location
San Carlos, California, United States
Job Description

About the company

At Swift Solar, we’re building the future of solar. We believe that solar energy has vast untapped potential to reduce inequity and protect planetary health in the face of global climate change. We believe that today’s solar technology is good but not good enough. And we believe that what we build today should serve humanity forever. 

Swift’s perovskite tandem technology breaks through the performance limits of existing solar technologies. By making solar better—more efficient, more affordable, and more widely accessible—we are helping to create a world where all energy is clean energy. 

Swift Solar is a mission-focused startup funded by committed investors. We know it’s a long journey to take a new clean energy technology to market, and we’re in it for the long haul together. If you join us, you’ll play a meaningful role in taking Swift’s impact to the next level.

A day in the life

As a Software Engineer at Swift, you will be a key member of the Data Systems team, building and maintaining our user-facing tools and data infrastructure. You’ll work on responsive, high-performing user interfaces to help researchers explore and analyze hundreds of millions of data points. You’ll also help keep Swift’s data systems running smoothly and create features to improve the data collection user experience. 

On a typical day, you will develop and test full stack code to improve our experiment coordination tools, or improve the pipeline system which processes and sends data to our Django web server. Organizing your code and documenting functionality rigorously is a key part of the job, as is testing and improving the systems you build. You will contribute to our existing data systems infrastructure and engage in discussions with R&D engineers and scientists  to better understand priorities and needs.

As an early hire, you will help craft Swift’s culture and technical direction. As our team and operations (and datasets) grow, we’ll expect you to be involved in building new tools and frameworks to help keep everyone as productive as possible. You’ll find many opportunities to grow your own skills and capabilities at Swift, and we encourage you to take full advantage of them. 

You might be a good fit if you... 

  • Have an undergraduate degree in CS or a related field, or proof of strong proficiency by contributions to open-source projects or other portfolio projects
  • Completed or participated in full stack projects with Javascript/HTML/CSS frontends or Python backends
  • Write well-documented, organized, and efficient code
  • Have experience with testing frameworks and test-driven development
  • Have experience working with other developers on a large project codebase using git
  • Consider yourself to be kind, conscientious, empathetic, caring, and tactful

A very strong candidate might bring one or more of the following...

  • Strong language fluency in JavaScript/TypeScript, Python, or C++
  • A proclivity to tackle problems and improve ineffective workflows
  • Effective scientific data analysis and presentation skills
  • Excellent interdisciplinary communication

The logistics

  • Compensation: Competitive package including salary, equity, and benefits
    • Expected Pay Range: $120k-$160k
  • Ideal start date: February – April 2024
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Location: San Carlos, CA (Swift Solar HQ), Part-time remote OK

What you’ll love about Swift

  • Culture: We live by our values. You’ll feel right at home if you want to serve the future, get better every day, respect your colleagues, and have fun.
  • Health benefits: We cover 100% of monthly premiums for HMO and PPO group healthcare plan options and 75% of dental and vision insurance costs for employees.
  • Your future, supported: We offer 401(k) plans and match 100% of your retirement contributions up to 4% of your earnings.
  • Clean commuter benefits: We’re all about clean energy. We make it easy and cheap to ride your bike or take public transit to work.
  • Growth mindset: You’ll grow your skills, your network, and your perspective at Swift. We’ll support you in attending conferences and taking online courses, as long as you share your new insights with the team.

Swift is an equal opportunity employer. We value an inclusive work environment and welcome team members of all backgrounds and perspectives.

Even if this isn’t the right job for you, we’re always looking for good people. Please check out other career opportunities on our website and email us at careers@swiftsolar.com with any questions. And if you have a friend who would be a perfect fit, send them this link. Thanks!

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Swift Solar Headquarters Location

San Carlos, CA

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Swift Solar Company Size

Between 20 - 50 employees

Swift Solar Founded Year


Swift Solar Total Amount Raised


Swift Solar Funding Rounds

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  • Undisclosed

    $24,618,692 USD

  • Grant

    $1,000,000 USD

  • Seed

    $8,162,512 USD

  • Grant

    $225,000 USD

  • Seed

    $7,000,000 USD