Backend Software Engineer

Boulder, CO
27 days ago
Full time role


Ascend Analytics is an innovative software and consulting company at the forefront of the renewable energy transition. Our software solutions ...

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Backend Software Engineer, Boulder, Colorado


Your Impact at Ascend Analytics 
As a Backend Software Engineer at Ascend Analytics, you will be part of a collaborative team advancing software solutions and analytics to support the clean-tech power revolution. Your strong software engineering skills will support mission critical decision analytics for renewable and battery storage power providers around the globe. If you want to help shape a new future of a cleaner, most cost-effective energy supply and work for an industry-leading software company with dedicated and talented people passionate about our future, this could be a great fit. Ascend is a fast growing and profitable company with opportunity for advancement. 

Ascend Analytics is an innovative “climate tech” software and consulting company focused on energy analytics that are transforming the electric grid to renewables. Ascend's solutions provide the analytics to support critical power supply decisions from operating strategies over the next hour, to hedging and budgeting decisions over the next five years, to long-term investment and resource planning decisions over the next thirty years. 

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Job Responsibilities 

  • Design and write clean, scalable, production code (our backend team primarily works in Python, and our frontend team works primarily in JavaScript) 
  • Refactor code for improved performance, stability, and scalability
  • Develop automatic tests (such as unit and integration tests) and deployment scripts
  • Implement systems for collecting, storing, and working with data at scale
  • Work with our team of analysts and data scientists to integrate and generalize prototype mathematical and data science models within production software
  • Communicate clearly and effectively (orally and in writing) with both technical and nontechnical stakeholders
  • Mentor and guide junior engineers
  • Contribute to scoping and design discussions
  • This position involves working collaboratively both within your software team and outside with the front-end software engineers, data scientists, and technical sales team. The software development team follows an agile scrum process, and all team members are expected to contribute to technical design reviews, implementation strategies, operational system support, and sprint planning. 


Required Qualifications 

  • BS or MS in Engineering, Computer Science, Data/Information Science, Physics, Operations Research, Statistics, Economics, or Power Systems
  • 2+ years as a backend software engineer
  • Demonstrated academic or professional software coding experience. Preference in one or more of the following languages: Python, Java, C++, Matlab, R, Julia including object-oriented design 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Strong background in programming related to applied mathematical, engineering, and physical sciences  
  • Familiarity with data processing in Python (including Pandas, Numpy, Sympy, Scikit-Learn) is strongly preferred 
  • Data Science, including statistics, optimization, machine learning, and data visualization
  • Performance computing, including distributed and parallel computing technologies
  • Referential databases, such as SQL Server, Oracle, or PostgreSQL
  • Ability to communicate with impact and confidence, both orally and in writing
  • Strong interpersonal skills, teamwork skills, and work ethic
  • Knowledge of wholesale electricity markets; passion for renewables and storage
  • Experience with code review, architecture, development, and promotion processes 


Compensation $100,000 - $150,000 

Negotiable based on qualifications and experience. Ascend highly values our employees and often pays above industry average.  

We offer flexible work hours in a relaxed environment with opportunities for advancement and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, parental leave, dependent care spending account, and a 401k plan.   

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Ascend Analytics is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information or other applicable legally protected characteristics.    

Ascend Analytics is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at 



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