We’re seeking an experienced, customer-focused frontend engineer to join our team at an exciting time for our business. You’ll be helping to grow our success as an AI-first platform, building user interfaces and visualisations to help our users understand risks to their assets from a changing climate.

 

From the outset you’ll be working closely with Product to understand user needs, contributing code to our React web application, suggesting ways to display complex data and iterating on our processes to make the team effective. You’ll also be passionate about sustainability and helping the world mitigate and adapt to the effects of the climate crisis. Reporting to Conan Cook, Cervest’s Head of Product Engineering, you will play a crucial role in taking the outputs of scientific climate models and making them useful to decision-makers. 

 

The role offers a unique opportunity to join an early-stage, highly mission-driven team where you’ll have the ability to make a significant impact on our company and our users. 

 

We are a pro-diversity company and passionate about bringing together people of all backgrounds, because we know that a diverse team will help us achieve our mission sooner. 

 

What you’ll be doing – main responsibilities:

  • Building features using styled React components
  • Planning and implementing automated tests
  • Writing CSS from designs for a beautiful and intuitive UI
  • Reviewing code, pairing, bouncing ideas and collaborating
  • Administering and improving CI infrastructure and release processes
  • Supporting the growth of team members, and your own
  • Working in an open, agile environment and helping to improve team effectiveness
  • Improving application architecture and advocating for technical quality
  • Balancing standards with a pragmatic approach to delivery

 

Required:

  • Experience building complex user interfaces using React, Redux and Hooks
  • Performance optimisation of React applications and web payloads
  • Comfortable building fast, automated CI pipelines from scratch
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the javascript ecosystem
  • Experience coaching other engineers and working on inclusion, team cohesion and communication

 

Great if you have:

  • Next.js
  • Interest in / experience of Clojure, our back-end tech
  • D3, maps, or any data visualisation
  • Databases including Datomic, Postgres and Elasticsearch
  • Knowledge of any Geographic Information Systems
  • Skills in UX, visual or interaction design, information architecture
  • Statistical methods and/or machine learning
  • Working with Amazon Web Services 

 

What’s in it for you:

  • Salary: £65K – 75K / year (dependent on experience) or local equivalent
  • 22 days’ holiday, plus England’s public holidays, plus Christmas to New Year
  • Paid maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave
  • Automatic enrolment into our pension scheme
  • £1000 / year training budget, for books, conferences, courses etc.
  • External video or text counselling and mental health support
  • Opportunities to learn, grow and thrive with support from talented and empathetic team mates

 

Fuller list of benefits on our main career page – we’re an early stage startup and currently reviewing our benefits in light of becoming a remote-first company. We are committed to ensuring that we support our team in developing in line with their aspirations and talents as well as continuing to develop our culture in line with our values.

 

This job will be primarily remote for at least the remainder of 2020 and quite probably beyond. As we are currently establishing our norms around working remotely, we would anticipate that you will need to visit London approximately once a quarter using environmentally-conscious travel, and we will help with this. Cervest’s core hours are 10:00 – 16:00 UK time, so please ensure you can cover that period each weekday.

 

Application information:

For a confidential, informal discussion on Cervest and the role, please feel free to contact Conan Cook at conan@cervest.earth or 07775692424. To apply, please send your CV and a (very) brief cover letter directly to Conan at the same email address. We do not respond to outreach from recruitment agencies.

The interview process for this role will be approximately 5-7 hours in total (which we accommodate as much as possible around your obligations), comprising four stages: 

  • An initial call with the team lead, Conan (30-60 minutes)
  • Mostly non-technical interviews with members of the Product and Product Engineering teams (1-2 hours)
  • A technical test which you can do in your own time or as a pairing exercise, followed by a discussion of the test (2 hours)
  • Final interviews with our CEO Iggy or CTO Alex and another member of the leadership team (1-2 hours)

Ernesta Baniulyte

Ernesta Baniulyte 
Product Designer

Ernesta has been a full-stack product designer for more than five years. She has valuable experience in the B2B, B2C and B2B2C worlds, and while working at both agencies and product/service companies, she has learned to develop UX research infrastructures to support strategy.

At Cervest, Ernesta contributes to all stages of the product development process – from initial ideation to the exacting detail of UI design – finding new ways to visualise data, and ensure our product is intuitive and user friendly.

Ernesta’s decision to join Cervest was inspired by her desire to make the world a safer, better and more aware place.

Ramani Lachyan 
Junior Research Scientist

Ramani joined Cervest after obtaining her Master’s in Physics from ETH, Zurich. She brings with her valuable experience gained through working on model building and data simulation pertaining to neutrino physics.

Ramani has joined Cervest as a Junior Research Scientist and will be working on creating algorithms that allow for the extraction of physical observables from data from a range of sources.

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Lukas Scholtes 
Statistical Scientist

Lukas completed his maths BSc at ETH Zurich, followed by an MSc in statistics at Imperial College. He wrote his MSc thesis in collaboration with Cervest, on the modelling of North American wheat yields via Bayesian parametric and non-parametric methods.

Following an internship in the NGO sector in Bangladesh and a stint in the world of fintech, Lukas comes to Cervest, excited to apply himself to the challenges that are arising as a consequence of unsustainable land-use policies and climate change.

Aidan Coyne
Junior Researcher

Aidan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Science and Engineering at University College London with a focus on computer science and data informatics.

At Cervest, Aidan is working on researching and assimilating a database of articles categorising the reasons for extreme decreases in crop yields across Europe. The information will be used to help predict the impact of weather events on crop yield and contribute to  Cervest’s ability to bring clarity to decision making around climatic and extreme events.

While studying, she also volunteers with environmental conservation groups and youth engagement programmes.

Alex Rahin
Chief Product and Technology Officer

Alex is an entrepreneurial technology leader with over 25 years of hands-on experience in developing and executing innovative product and technology strategies.

Prior to Cervest, Alex served as Chief Product & Technology Officer at Beamly, a technology and data company delivering data platforms & infrastructure, data & content management solutions, and AI-powered eCommerce analytics, leading Beamly to a successful exit in 2020.

Before working at Beamly, Alex served as Chief Data Officer at Just Eat, where he built an end-to-end data organization, leading the company’s data-driven transformation with the launch of a unified customer data platform and scalable machine learning products

Earlier in his career, Alex held prominent roles at Zalando, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett Packard, and three technology startups achieving successful exits in all three.

Alex holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UC Berkeley.