Data Engineer

  • Perfect Day, Inc.
  • Emeryville, CA
  • Feb 06, 2020
Full Time Data Scientist Engineering: Software

Job Description

Perfect Day is close to commercialize its first animal-free dairy protein products. We are a team of scientists and engineers, committed to the mission of delivering an environmentally and animal-friendly alternative to dairy products, without sacrificing the flavor or nutritional value. We are seeking an intelligent, motivated, enthusiastic Data Engineer to join our growing Data Science & Engineering team. The ideal candidate will be comfortable developing custom data entry and automation pipelines in a close feedback loop with scientists and engineers in various lab environments.


  • Design, develop and maintain ETL pipelines for data, both sourced from automated data acquisition from lab instruments and manual data entry by our R&D operations team(s) and collaborators.
  • Collaborate with research scientists and engineers to develop these ETL pipelines.
  • Effectively communicate with other software engineers, specifically back-end and DevOps engineers, through discussions, API specifications and documentation.
  • Apply best practices of software development and data security throughout your work.
  • Presenting at team, project & company meetings.
  • Maintain safe practices and work environment and adhere to lab-grade safety standards when necessary.
  • Ability to pick up and/or delegate a small number of ad-hoc tasks while staying focused on the critical path of a project.


  • Min 1+ years of professional programming experience.
  • Experience with PostgreSQL or similar SQL databases.
  • Excellent data wrangling skills and experience with data pipeline libraries such as Airflow, Luigi or Prefect.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to explain technical concepts to non-experts.
  • Familiarity with agile software engineering practices, including SCRUM, Kanban, continuous integration and unit testing.


  • Experience with MS PowerShell and/or Linux bash.
  • Prior experience working with real-life noisy data, for example from sensors or web traffic data.
  • Ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods, climb, kneel, bend, and at times lift objects as heavy as 50 lbs.
  • If possible, please send us examples of your work.

The majority of the R&D team is located in Berkeley in a mix of typical laboratory, workshop and kitchen environments, and requires a tolerance for high worker traffic and noise. Quiet, distraction-free offices are available at our Emeryville location.

Impact areas

Food & Agriculture  

Climate solutions

Lab-Grown Meat & Dairy  

Experience level

Entry Level,   Mid Level  


51-200 employees  

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