Senior Backend Data Engineer, Vannevar Labs


+ Equity

Mid and Senior level
Remote in US
Vannevar Labs

Defense for the digital domain

Open for applications

Vannevar Labs

Defense for the digital domain

21-100 employees

B2BArtificial IntelligenceSecurityDeep TechAnalyticsMachine LearningSaaS

Open for applications


+ Equity

Mid and Senior level
Remote in US

21-100 employees

B2BArtificial IntelligenceSecurityDeep TechAnalyticsMachine LearningSaaS

Company mission

We build software for our nation's most pressing national security problems.


Who you are

  • 4+ years as a Backend, ML Infra, or MLOps Engineer or similar role
  • Experience with Python
  • Experience with Kubernetes
  • Experience working with ML services
  • Experience with Spark or any large-scale data processing engine
  • Familiarity with relational databases and data warehousing solutions
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills


  • Experience with AWS or similar
  • Experience with Dagster
  • Experience with MLFlow
  • Experience with Ray
  • Experience with OpenSearch or Elasticsearch
  • Experience with Docker
  • Experience with FastAPI
  • Experience with Temporal

What the job involves

  • We are looking for a Senior Backend Data Engineer to help build new machine learning services and products within our multi-terabyte data lake
  • You’ll be part of a cross-functional team that includes deep learning experts, software engineers, and officers from all branches of the military
  • Our engineering culture is about empathizing with users and building software products that deliver maximum mission impact
  • As a founding member of the team your decisions today will have a large impact on the company today and into the future
  • You are innovative: willing to take risks, think critically about novel solutions, and advocate for your ideas while seeking feedback and collaboration
  • You will be making trade-offs as you work to ensure that our systems are prepared to scale — being able to effectively communicate these trade-offs with your teammates is a must
  • Work with development teams and product managers to ideate user experience, product and software solutions
  • Build ETL pipelines to load data in/out of ML systems
  • Write effective APIs to serve ML and LLM solutions
  • Develop and manage well-functioning databases and applications
  • Write technical documentation

Otta's take

Sam Franklin headshot

Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

As intelligence analysts work to solve rapidly evolving and increasingly challenging national security problems, modern technology is vital in achieving optimal results as there is no room for failure. Vannevar Labs’ innovative foreign text platform, delivers solutions to some of today’s most important national security problems.

The company’s workflow platform Decrypt, uses machine learning and automation to understand, target, and respond to foreign actors in ways not previously possible. The platform is a proven success, driving Vannevar’s growth and attracting a $40M OTA contract with the Department of Defense.

Yielding impressive traction so far, the company is using its latest Series B funding round to invest in new product development. Vannevar Labs is also aiming to win its first multi-year program from Decrypt. Should it be successful, the level of guaranteed sales and revenue would be a turning point in the company’s long-term trajectory.


Led by a woman
Top investors

Few candidates hear
back within 2 weeks

119% employee growth in 12 months


Employee endorsements

Meaningful work

"Vannevar is tackling some of the biggest defense and engineering problems out there, impacting users and teams at a global scale. The company has..."

Funding (last 2 of 3 rounds)

Jan 2023



Aug 2021



Total funding: $91.5m

Company benefits

  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Equity + 401(k) Match
  • Open PTO + all Federal Holidays and Dec 23-31
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 100% Remote - Work From Anywhere in the US
  • Flexible Work Environment - You Manage Your Work Day
  • Quarterly Off-Site Travel for Team-Building

Company values

  • Obsess Over Users
  • Obsess over mission impact
  • Operate with speed
  • Own the outcome
  • Leave your ego at the door
  • Operate with integrity
  • Be transparent
  • Put your wellbeing first
  • Team of Jedi

Company HQ

Palo Alto, CA


Nini Moorhead


Former US Intelligence Officer working as a Political & Counterterrorism Programs Analyst. Previous Chief of Staff to the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, and was a Counterterrorism Analyst for the United States Department of Defense.

Current Advisor at Lilt. Former Investor at In-Q-Tel and previously worked as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company.

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