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SAR Software Engineer

UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based technology company that serves the rapidly evolving geospatial and geoanalytics markets with a wide range of information-rich products and services. UrtheCast is growing and is shaping the future of earth observation. We provide the world with next-generation Earth Observation data using our growing system of space-based sensors. Our Crew members consider themselves agents of change as they work to provide Earth imagery and video data that enables heightened geospatial analysis. With that data, we build our products and services to help everyone — citizens, businesses, and governments alike — make advances in areas ranging from high-tech precision agriculture and forestry resource management, to the monitoring of humanitarian relief efforts. This type of large-scale change requires near-constant technological iteration and innovation, so UrtheCast continues to initiate unprecedented engineering programs like its planned UrtheDaily™ and OptiSAR™ constellations. Every day, we push the limits of what’s possible in space-based Earth Observation.

We are currently seeking a SAR Software Engineer.

As an UrtheCast SAR Software Engineer, you will be responsible for designing, developing and testing SAR processing software algorithms and functionality to be used within the UrtheCast Ground SAR Processing System.  The position will also support the Sr. Technical Manager - SAR in managing requirements, designing interfaces, researching and developing SAR processing algorithms, and managing stakeholders.


  • Manage and define SAR Processing Algorithms and SAR Processing Software requirements and interfaces
  • Design, implement, test, and debug SAR Processing Algorithms
  • Support the discovery of requirements for the SAR Processing Software
  • Support the management of the sprint work
  • Participate in product strategy and product roadmap meetings


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent; Master’s preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience developing software with proven track record of delivering complex systems delivering mission critical projects
  • Experience in Radar and SAR with proven track record of algorithm development in this particular area
  • Knowledge of RF signal propagation, including radar and antenna technologies, and RF signal processing techniques
  • Experience in supporting large-scale complex projects with tight deadlines
  • Strong experience in complex algorithm design and implementation


  • Expert knowledge in Python (including numpy and scipy) and/or C++.  MatLab experience a plus
  • Exceptional software system design and object-oriented coding skills
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage and execute with minimal supervision
  • Ability to take initiative and thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment


  • Fast-paced, open-concept, always changing
  • Occasional overtime


UrtheCast’s Software Engineering Department provides a nurturing and highly collaborative environment where employees can thrive and grow — all while working on very challenging projects. We value — above all else — leading by example, respect for the team, courage to speak up, adhering to the highest standards, and taking ownership. These values constitute the very backbone of our team, which is extremely dedicated to achieving its goals.

Here, you’ll get the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology, alongside others who are open-source driven, and Unix Philosophy lovers. As you can imagine, we’re a team obsessed with all things agility, Earth and Space, the final frontier.

Our work is wide and varied.

As a team, we tackle everything from defining use cases and requirements for remote-sensing ground segments and interactive data visualization websites, to designing, implementing, and maintaining highly available and secure transactional systems, as well as highly computationally intensive, highly reliable and dynamically scaled image processing systems. 

What can we offer you?

Competitive compensation, full benefits and flexible time off
Great work environment, team and office location right over the water in the new Vancouver Convention Centre
Great lunch programs will provide you with an opportunity to learn and socialize, and our Friday afternoons will set the right mood for the weekend
Free gym membership

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