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Staff Software Engineer

Planted Solar

Planted Solar

Software Engineering
Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

We are looking for world-class talent to tackle challenging projects that will ultimately enable our planet to be powered with 100% clean energy.

First, the good news: Humans have installed a little over 1 TW of cumulative solar capacity over the last 20 years - solar is now the cheapest source of energy generation around the globe.

Now, the challenge: Humans have to build 1 TW of solar capacity every year for the next 30+ years. We need to build new technology and overhaul the way solar power is designed, developed, and built to make this happen.

And, we need help. We're expanding our team of curious, collaborative, and hands-on engineers. Come own large parts of product, company, or business development and help make our big plans a reality!


As an integral part of the R+D team, you will develop algorithms and applications that make solar power plants more efficient, more productive, and faster to build. Projects will include a mix of algorithm design, API development, data processing, and production optimizations. You will build world class software that is critical to driving the clean energy transition.

The salary range for this full-time position is $120,000 - $200,000 plus stock and benefits. Pay within the range is based on candidate experience, job-specific skills, education, and work location. The target experience for the position is 5+ years


  • Lead the architecture, design, and implementation of algorithms and applications to solve complex engineering challenges related to the mass deployment of solar power


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, math, or science discipline and 4+ years of experience in software development OR 6+ years of experience in software development
  • Proficient in a modern programming language, e.g. python, C#, Go, C++
  • Demonstrated experience of creative problem solving in software applications
  • Understanding of data structures and best coding practices
  • Idea generation and execution, mostly unsupervised
  • Hands-on aptitude, strong debugging and system analysis skills
  • Desire to work in a fast paced startup environment


  • Flexible hours & paid time off that we think you should actually use
  • Stock option compensation
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • 401(k)
  • A chance to have an empowered, meaningful, and early role in climate


  • You have a bias for action and focus on the key work that drives the most impact.
  • You want to solve challenging problems.
  • You prioritize the physical and psychological safety of yourself, your team, and partners.
  • You are humble, embrace change, and deliver and receive candid feedback.
  • You are optimistic about the future, and can make tough decisions to help get there.
  • You have high expectations, and coach, develop, and make time to help others.

Planted Solar is an equal opportunity employer with a firm commitment to growing inclusively, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. However you identify or whatever background you bring with you, please apply. We look forward to hearing from you.