Software Engineer - R&D


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About us

Disperse is a VC-backed artificial intelligence construction startup focused on improving on-site productivity with the help of computer vision. Our goal is to ultimately re-imagine the way building projects are planned, delivered and operated.

We're currently working on some of the largest building projects in London (e.g. Renzo Piano’s Shard Place, Wood Wharf) and have grown from 5 to 35 people over the past year. We have ambitions to expand significantly, which means that we are looking for passionate and enthusiastic talent to join the team.

We move at a high-speed and will provide you with immense opportunities for initiative, creativity, and leadership. Our proudly diverse, international team is based in London, Sarajevo and Yerevan, and has a wealth of experience from construction management to computer vision and robotics.

Your role

We are looking for versatile, creative engineers to join our team in London to work in collaboration with AI-research and Product teams. As part of your role, you will collaborate with our Computer Vision researchers and the wider Engineering team to design and implement our AI-software to solve real-world problems in the construction sector. You will also work with our Product and Architect teams to integrate back-end and front-end elements built by your team members into the application.

A basic understanding of front-end technologies is therefore necessary as well.

If you have a real passion for building high-performance systems that are highly automated, scalable, manageable, and fault-tolerant, then you will fit right in. We are looking for engineers with high levels of ownership. If you don't shy away from hard problems and enjoy delivering value while furthering your technical vision, this position is for you.

This is an opportunity to join a highly talented team with proven traction early on in its journey, with a competitive salary and equity compensation.

- You will collaborate with the product, computer vision, and the rest of the engineering team in developing our cutting-edge AI solution

- You will be involved in all phases of the service development lifecycle, based on an agile development methodology

- You will lead a broad aspect of design, deployment, and SaaS operations

- You will work in an environment where we foster and encourage innovation

- You will take part in contributing to the end-to-end system architecture

Our culture

Ask anyone at Disperse what they love most about working here, and they'll probably tell you "it's the people!", "the team, of course", "the people and the Hedwig owls in the offices".

As clichéd as it may sound, we're very proud of the people we have and the close-knit, family culture we've built across London, Sarajevo and Yerevan. Despite the distances, we are united through the passion with which we approach our goals and the fun that we have along the way. We always look out for each other, no matter what. The following should give you a good idea what type of culture you'd be joining:

We encourage proactivity and taking full ownership of problems and initiatives. We don't believe in micromanagement. Instead, we let you pave your own path and give you space to continuously learn and grow even if it means taking a few detours.

We support each other. If a process breaks or if you're struggling, you can always count on the people around you and the people far away from you, to help you get back on track.

We run on feedback: direct and transparent praise and constructive criticism, communicated with the best of intentions. There is no other way to learn!

Ideas and approaches are always judged on merit rather than source. We welcome discussions and challenges. This way everyone makes a tremendous impact no matter the role.


You should apply if you have:

- A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related technical field.

- 2+ years of hands-on software development experience

- Experience of working in an autonomous team

- You have strong communication skills - you can summarise the complex, liaise with your fellow Computer Vision engineers, and explain your work in simple terms to your other colleagues.

- You're a problem solver and analytical thinker; you don’t accept the status quo and are always looking for creative solutions.

- You have proven experience in translating project requirements to prototypes and robust software.

Technical requirements

- Experience in high-performance and distributed applications, cloud software services

- Strong skills in Node.js, Python and any modern C-based language, object-oriented development and design patterns

- Basic knowledge of and experience with Computer Vision and Machine Learning, especially neural networks.


- Pro rata salary of £37,500 - £47,500 per annum plus generous option package

- Friendly, open and transparent culture.

- You'll get to join a passionate startup with proven traction on its scaling journey.

- Flexible working hours/ability to work from home.

- Regular mentoring and feedback.

- Awesome start-up office in Central London, Fitzrovia

- 25 days' holiday plus all bank holidays.

- Free coffee.

- Regular socials and team retreats to exotic destinations (Tibilisi, Sarajevo,...Where next?)

The process

The interview process will involve:

- A review of your application;

- A 20-minute chat where we both can learn more about each other;

- Homework assignment for us to get a sense of how you tackle problems;

Two rounds of on-site technical and cultural chats with the team. If you are not currently based in London, we would be happy to speak with you over video chat; Final round to iron out any remaining questions you may have. This process should take around two weeks, depending on diaries.

Disperse welcomes applications from all sections of society. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis as protected by applicable law. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please do not hesitate to let us know.

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