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Software Engineer (Data Production +Access)



Software Engineering
Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2024

Software Engineer (Data Production + Access)

Oakland, New York, Kansas City, or Remote
Replica is a privacy-centric urban data platform that delivers critical insights about the built environment. With better data, human-context, and an intuitive design, Replica helps public and private sectors make informed, effective, and responsive decisions.

Our platform models travel behavior over time to show how people across the country live, move, and work. This data is used by planners, scientists, analysts, and policymakers who are working to make our cities more sustainable, equitable, and resilient. We contextualize hard choices so that our clients understand the trade-offs surrounding their decisions. Whether for a city planner increasing public transit to underserved neighborhoods or for a grocery chain evaluating where to open a new location, Replica enables cities and businesses to make more informed, people-centered decisions.

We spun out of Alphabet in 2019 when we secured series A funding from venture firms such as Innovation Endeavors, Firebrand Ventures, and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. Our series B round was led by Founders Fund in 2021. Today, we are a team of 39 employees both working remotely and from our offices in Oakland, New York, and Kansas City.

Our data is used to make decisions affecting the physical places where we work, study, and live. These places are complex and deeply human. This responsibility necessitates providing transparency, pursuing equity, and preserving privacy. We are committed to bringing together a diverse workforce and creating an environment of inclusion. We value our differences and we encourage all to apply. We are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, parental or pregnancy status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

This is a full-stack software engineering role in both front-end and back-end web application development.

  • Build product features to access, visualize, and interact with complex urban data; enable customers to understand changes, evaluate solutions, and make predictions for residents.
  • Design, build, and maintain RESTful APIs which use spatial context to efficiently query and aggregate nationwide geospatial and temporal data
  • Collaborate across teams to deeply understand users’ needs, develop and evolve requirements based on user research, set delivery timelines, and implement and deploy urban data applications at nationwide scale.
  • Work with Engineering managers and leaders to define the team's technical vision and roadmap.
  • Drive engineering best practices to enable a robust production environment and maintain an effective development velocity.
  • Achieve uptime requirements and maintain API stability through remote logging and observability tools.
  • Participate in on-call rotation; investigate and resolve production problems as they arise.
  • Understand the urban data science context to ensure that correct, consistent, and meaningful data is delivered to customers.

The Team

The Data Production and Access team is made up of urbanist-minded engineers and designers who are passionate about evolving our product to address critical economic, equity, and sustainability challenges. The team designs, implements and maintains the building blocks and reusable components that power Replica’s data production and simulation pipelines, and the web application features and other tools to make Replica’s data accessible, discoverable, and meaningful for users.

Team members are empowered to operate autonomously within a culture of iteration, mutual support, and learning. Most of the team is based in the Bay Area and New York, but we work with cross-functional teams in Kansas City, and serve customers across North America.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience: 3+ years of experience as a full-stack engineer.
  • Technical: Experience in web application development using a modern JavaScript client framework.


  • Technical: Experience with our tech stack which includes: React, Typescript, Node, Mapbox, Python, Pandas, Postgres, BigQuery, Kubernetes, and Google Cloud Platform.
  • Data background: Experience with big data frameworks and data visualization.
  • Urban context: Academic or work experience in Urban Science or related disciplines.

What We Value

  • We work in the service of others
  • We understand that talent + diversity + curiosity + relentlessness wins
  • We believe walking > talking
  • We operate with thoughtful urgency
  • We communicate openly and directly
  • We build products people use


  • Our people! We work as a team and are excited to contribute to city planning
  • Competitive salary based on experience and potential for impact.
  • Equity at an early stage startup.
  • Health benefits including medical, dental, vision, FSA & HSA options.
  • 401k account + employer contribution.
  • Offices in Oakland, New York, & Kansas City
  • Flexible PTO.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Replica is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices.
  • The salary range for this position is $98,100 to 149,600. Actual compensation packages are based on several factors that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to relevant qualifications, depth of experience, skill set, certifications, training, education, and specific work location. The compensation packages may be adjusted based on the candidate’s work location, due to differences in the cost of living for the given location. Our position titles may also span multiple career levels.
  • The total compensation package for this position additionally includes equity stock options, employee benefit package, 401k with 3% safe harbor employer contribution, unlimited PTO, and may also include other applicable incentive compensation and/or bonuses.
  • Employees, and their families, may elect coverage to Replica’s Benefit Plan including Medical (PPO base, PPO buy-up, HMO, HSA), Dental (PPO base, PPO buy-up), and Vision (PPO base, PPO buy-up) plans. Employees may also choose to elect an FSA or HSA account.
  • Replica provides Basic Life Insurance and AD&D, however, additional Voluntary Life Insurance and AD&D can be purchased for the employee, spouse, and/or dependent child(ren).
  • Replica observes 13 paid holidays annually and provides employees with an unlimited PTO policy.
  • Additionally, all employees receive access to our Employee Assistance Program.
  • For more information, visit https://replicahq.com/careers/

Replica is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
  • Ability to operate at both a strategic/conceptual level and at a detailed, operational level metrics driven; highly disciplined
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills, maturity and good judgment and be capable of communicating with a diverse range of individuals
  • A hands-on, action-oriented approach that fits well with the entrepreneurial, fast-paced culture
  • Engaging leadership style that builds and sustains credibility with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders
  • Broad functional experience in areas of strategic planning and marketing, sales and market development and planning

If you don't think you meet all of the criteria above, but still are interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box, and we're looking for someone excited to join the team.