There are a lot of things that make a company successful, and you can’t achieve any of them without exceptional people. We have no first- and second-class citizens at Kairos. Every role is essential. You’ll find scientists, hardware, mechanical, and software engineers, data scientists and analysts, technicians, operational specialists, customer success and salespeople, marketing professionals, and administrative experts among us.
Ready to join the Kairos team? Take a look at the open positions at Kairos.


People enjoy working at Kairos. The positivity and motivation are infectious, and we attribute that to a few things. First, we hire brilliant, kind, and committed people. Then, we give them the agency and support they need to help solve one of the world’s most challenging problems – finding and eliminating leaking methane in Oil & Gas infrastructure. We encourage people to invest in relationships with their coworkers and invite them to guide our culture.



Hardware Engineering Manager


An ideal hardware engineering manager at Kairos is someone who is focused on safety and supporting the team through project management, inter-team communication, and clearing roadblocks obstructing the team’s progress.  You will act as the airworthiness lead on our team and work closely with outside consultants to ensure our hardware units meet the highest safety and regulatory requirements.  Additionally, you will contribute to various technical programs and work alongside your reports in order to further our technical development.
You will have had experience working with electro-mechanical systems both as a manager and as an individual contributor and are excited to lead a multi-disciplinary team consisting of technicians, integration engineers, and sensor engineers.  Day-to-day tasks involve managing a diverse team, coordinating with team leads, and performing heads-down technical work in support of our methane sensing pods.

Flight Systems Software Engineering Manager


An ideal software engineering manager for this position is someone interested in leading a small flight software team while still being able to contribute to the technical projects on the roadmap.  You are excited about helping senior software engineers navigate any roadblocks that stand in their way as well as working alongside those same engineers as an independent contributor.
You will have experience working with either Python or C++ as your primary language with a demonstrated aptitude to be able to pick up the other.  You will have project management experience and have shown the ability to break down a team level objective into actionable key results.  You will have worked on a team tasked with writing software for hardware systems (autonomous vehicles, drone delivery service, IOT systems, etc).

Lead Electrical Engineer


An ideal lead electrical engineer at Kairos is someone excited about architecting the electronic system supporting the operation and collection of our novel laser-based methane detection system. You are energized by tackling difficult technical challenges and are passionate about electrical system architecture and design.
In this role, you will be working in a small, enthusiastic hardware team alongside experienced technicians, flight software engineers, and other hardware engineers to literally get a new form of aerial methane detection off the ground. Specifically, some of the day to day tasks include designing the power delivery system for the hardware package, planning out the signal receiver electronics, and coordinating with contractors to implement your specifications.

Senior Software Engineer- Front-End/Design


An ideal flight software engineer for this position is someone with experience and a passion for distilling complex hardware interactions into a reliable interface for our flight crew workflows.  You will take ownership of and lead the development effort of the next generation interface between our flight crews and our imaging hardware. You will work with people from various backgrounds: flight software engineers focused on enabling backend features, hardware integration engineers deploying and testing new features, and our field crews using those improvements during data collection.
The successful candidate will have experience developing user interfaces for hardware components.  They will be focused on building the right tool for their user, the flight crews, as opposed to the tool with as many features as possible.  In this position, you will actively develop and test your changes against production hardware at our facility in Sunnyvale before remote deployment to our production units across the world.


General Opportunity


Although we may not have a current open position that matches your skill set, we are a growing company with lots of future employment opportunities. If Kairos has piqued your interest, please send us your resume and fill out our application questions.


Staff Software Engineer – Platforms and Development Environments


Two of the unique aspects of the data we produce in chasing down the source of methane emissions is how much we rely on numerical computing and GIS (Geospatial Information Systems). We work in primarily in Python, which is a language and eco-system that’s well-suited to both of those areas. To ensure consistent results in these notoriously sensitive and hard-to-predict computational areas, we invest heavily in creating pre-built environments that have carefully curated versions of key binary libraries and Python modules. Creating these environments saves our teams from a whole genre of headaches and hard-to-detect and even hard-to-troubleshoot software bugs and calculation errors.
We’re looking for experienced engineers, likely from a sysadmin / systems engineering and/or DevOps background to own this area for the whole company. The environments you design, implement and ship will be used everywhere we write and run code, from developer workstations, to continuous-integration systems, to cloud-based data processing workloads and even into our sensor systems that we fly over oil fields to find fugitive emissions.



We provide health, dental, and vision insurance, including subsidized coverage for dependents.


Our 401K plan provides a 50% employer match on employee contributions up to 8%.

Flexible PTO

We do not track vacation time, nor do we have set hours to be in the office. Instead, we encourage taking real vacations, mental health days, leaving early to pick up the kids, working from home, time-shifting commutes, staying home when you’re sick, ducking out to the gym – we believe work time should be flexible.

Remote work

In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have transitioned to 100% remote work aside from hardware, flight operations, operations engineers, or any role that specifically states it is in the office. For most positions, we plan to continue having remote opportunities in perpetuity.

Work-life balance

We think death-march hours are a bad way to run a company. We expect something approximating a 40-hour workweek, but mostly we just care that your work gets done. No, really. (Full disclosure: we occasionally put in some extra hours during crunch periods, but that is the exception, not the norm).