12 January 2022

Race Engineering – Lead Software Engineer

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is the premier, global drone-racing circuit and producer of world-class sports content. As a futuristic sport that blurs the line between the real and the digital, we get to race in the most legendary locations around the globe and immerse fans into video-game-inspired courses. 

We are seeking a veteran full stack developer to join our Race Engineering team as a lead engineer. This team builds the systems and tools that power our racing environment and facilitate our research. This role requires wearing different hats and calls for a very experienced full stack developer, who is driven by curiosity and loves technology, enjoys innovation in a fast paced environment, and willing to partake in running the show of our real life races in various places around the globe as well as put on a leadership hat to grow and lead a team of developers. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Work on design and build of our next generation DRL Race Operations System
  • Develop and extend the functionality of the current generation DRL Race Operations System 
  • Support the application deployments and operation on-site at DRL events, including live troubleshooting and analysis
  • Develop research-grade and engineering applications
  • Lead a small team of developers and hire people as needed to scale it 

Who You Are: 

  • 5+ years of relevant work experience
  • 2+ years of team leadership experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering 
  • Strong development skills, as well as system interoperability including messaging, sockets, APIs and data interface layers
  • Experience with relational and non-relational databases (MongoDB, MySQL)
  • Good understanding of modern development and testing methodologies
  • Experience with JavaScript, Node.js, Express.js and React.js
  • Experience with at least one additional modern programming language (Go, Rust, Python)
  • Experience with containerized applications (Docker / K8s/…)
  • Experience working in startup environments and able to collaborate effectively with your peers
  • Willing to travel up to 20% of the time

Bonus Points:

  • Experience in building and working with cloud based infrastructure, specifically on AWS
  • Understanding of testing frameworks (Mocha, Jasmine, Jest)
  • Familiarity with Ruby on Rails

Why You’ll Love DRL: 

  • We team up. We can promise you’ll work with some of the smartest and most interesting people in the industry. We work hard and we play hard too. We care deeply about our work and each other. 
  • Everybody sweeps. No task is ever too small for our team. We sweat the details and are not afraid to get our hands dirty.  
  • We embrace debate. There are no seats at the table at DRL because there is no table. Everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas. We embrace the idea that debate is healthy and knowing that an impassioned discourse leads to our best results. 
  • We stay hungry. We look for the hardest challenges and tasks and once we master them, we look for the next one. We celebrate our victories and are always excited for tomorrow knowing “good enough” is never really “good enough.”
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