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Planet
Berlin, Germany
Computer Vision Engineer
Full-time

Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.


Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.


Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.


As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.


We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.


Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.


About the Role


Our Payload Group is looking for a Computer Vision Software Engineer to help us operate, optimize, and further develop the largest camera constellation ever deployed in space! We are responsible for system-level analysis, operations, simulations and development for our earth observation payload. Our team works at the intersection of hardware, software, and product engineering teams within the Space Systems Division. The role will appeal to candidates that enjoy the interchange between photography, science, systems engineering, and operations.


Impact You’ll Own:


  • Developing, validating and automating image quality and payload performance metrics
  • Troubleshooting image quality issues and developing long-term mitigations and improvements
  • Developing and deploying new imaging pipelines and architectures
  • Contributing to the design and modeling of new imaging systems and operating modes
  • Collaborating with satellite operations, imaging pipeline, hardware (optics/EE), and embedded software teams

What You Bring:


  • A passion for photography, Earth sciences, and geography
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in computational photography and scientific imaging
  • Relevant experience with image processing methods and quality assessment of image data
  • Experience leveraging scientific Python in a Unix/Linux/AWS environment to develop and automate novel imaging algorithms
  • Familiarity with source code management tools
  • Hands-on, can-do attitude, great interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate effectively
  • Practical experience in solving problems by exploiting large cloud-based datasets
  • Solid graduate-level Statistics, Linear Algebra and Physics foundation
  • BS/MS in an EE, CS, AA or relevant scientific/engineering field


What Makes You Stand Out:


  • 3+ years GIS, remote sensing, photogrammetry, or mapping work experience
  • Experience with line scanner data
  • Experience with multispectral or hyperspectral imaging systems and image data
  • Experience with developing of imaging conops and image processing techniques for new sensors from scratch
  • Knowledge of camera hardware concepts
  • PhD in EE, CS, AA or relevant scientific/engineering field

Benefits While Working at Planet:


  • Be part of a vibrant international company of 45+ nations with office locations in different countries
  • Sense of belonging in a diverse and inclusive culture
  • Experience a fast-paced spacetech environment
  • Countless opportunities to connect within and outside of work with regular team events  
  • Personal development with annual L&D budget
  • Join our regular hack-weeks and meetup events to exchange knowledge
  • Employee Resource Groups that provide safe and empowering spaces for connection and mentorship
  • Give back to the community by using one day per quarter for charitable work as part of our 1% Pledge
  • Health programs and flexible working hours to support work life balance
  • Be part of our growth: we offer equity options for our employees
  • Daily virtual mindful bodywork sessions to stay healthy
  • We offer equipment and wellbeing support during these challenging times
  • Additional contributions to Company Pension schemes
  • Enjoy unique offers and discounts for companies/web shops
  • Additional Company Holidays

Some Press About Us:


Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog


“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”


Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News


“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace” —Planet Blog


Why we care so much about Belonging.


We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride.


EEO statement:


Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs and we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


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