Principal Solutions Architect

The Principal Solutions Architect (PSA) in Neurons Lab is the central figure of every project. They fill in-between Customer goals and requirements, technologies that fulfill them best, and experts practicing them.

W/ 7+ years of commercial, hands-on experience in many domains (Data Analytics, Engineering, DevOps, Machine Learning) and verticals (GIS, HealthTech, EnergyTech, RetailTech, FinTech), they still learn a lot and are always curious about new offerings from AWS, Open-Source Community, and beyond. All, to offer their clients the best experience. In their work, they use AWS best practices (WAF, CAF, ...) and act as true leaders, seeking not just to meet short-term contract terms but give Customers a long-running value stream.

About project

The customer is developing a comprehensive, first-in-class Geospatial Data Warehouse SaaS. Geospatial data is traditionally hard to work with and requires years of experience with highly-specialized tools. These tools are highly fragmented - each solves only a little piece of the puzzle, uses different (often incompatible) formats for data, and exposes it through interfaces not supported by standard analytical tools. The customer aims to unite this fractured world and give its Customers a powerful, convenient instrument to collect, process, store, analyze, and visualize their geospatial data. All to help them uncover the extra value hidden in their data without the undifferentiated heavy lifting of running their own infrastructure or studying rocket science.

Challenges & Responsibilities

- Architecting, building, and maintaining cost-efficient, scalable cloud environments for customers.
- Understanding the customer's business objectives and creating cloud-based solutions to facilitate those objectives.
- Conducts Well-Architected Reviews and audits customer AWS Accounts
- Participate in the SOW creation process along with the Sales team, Delivery Manager, and engineers
- Conducts customer-facing architecture assessment meetings to gather business and technical requirements, aligns those cloud best practices, architect a solution and, write Epics and User Stories in collaboration with the Team
- Participates in internal and external projects Stand-Ups as a Product Owner from the project's inception to completion
- Support quality development practices and pursue new and better ways to build and deploy software and ML/AI models


Foundational / must-have skills:

- DataOps:
- data management: AWS Lambda for Python / Amazon EventBridge / Apache Airflow / AWS Step Functions
- data pipelines: Amazon EMR, DaskYarn
- data lakes: AWS Lake Formation, Glue Data Catalog / Apache Hive Metastore; Amazon S3, Athena; Apache Iceberg, Parquet
- data warehouses: Amazon Redshift, Aurora for PostgreSQL
- data sources and destinations: Amazon RDS / Aurora for PostgreSQL
- DevOps:
- AWS CDK / AWS Marketplace, Application Cost Profiler / AWS Cost Explorer, Savings Plans & Reserved Instances / AWS Control Tower, Organizations, CloudTrail, Config;
- Amazon CloudWatch, SNS / AWS Transit Gateway, PrivateLink; Amazon VPC, API Gateway;
- REST APIs / Amazon CloudFront, Route 53 / Git; AWS CodeBuild, CodeArtifact, CodeDeploy, CodePipeline / AWS IAM, IAM Identity Center (aka SSO), IAM Access Analyzer, Security Hub, Resilience Hub, KMS, Secrets Manager;
- Amazon Cognito, Cognito External Identity Providers, GuardDuty, Detective
- Data Analytics:
- Python / Pandas, NumPy;
- AWS SDK for Python aka boto3, AWS SDK for Pandas aka awswrangler / SQL: Trino / Presto / Amazon Athena SQL;
- Amazon Redshift SQL;
- PostgreSQL

Advanced / nice-to-have skills:

- DataOps:
- data management: Astronomer
- data lakes: Apache Atlas / Apache GeoParquet, Arrow, GeoArrow
- data lake houses: Amazon Redshift Spectrum
- data sources and destinations: Amazon RDS / Aurora for MySQL, DynamoDB, DocumentDB; not-in-AWS PostgreSQL, not-in-AWS MySQL, OGC 2.0 (WFS / Web Feature Service), OpenGIS (WMS / Web Map Service), OpenGIS (WMTS / Web Map Tile Service), not-in-AWS MongoDB, Esri Geodatabase / ArcGIS
- data formats: GeoJSON, GeoTIFF, Shapefile, netCDF, HDF5 / GML, GPX, KML, WKT, WKB, IMG, CSV, or other GDAL-supported vector and raster formats
- DevOps:
- AWS CDK for Python / AWS Budgets, Cost & Usage Reports, Cost Anomaly Detection / AWS Backup, License Manager / AWS X-Ray, Lambda Powertools;
- Amazon OpenSearch Service; Sentry, Datadog / GitLab, NPM, Webpack, Babel, JavaScript CI / CD, TypeScript CI / CD, ReactJS CI / CD, NextJS CI / CD, Figma CI / CD & Figma Tokens;
- AWS Amplify / AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF), Global Accelerator, Shield; Amazon S3 Website Hosting
- Data Analytics:
- GeoPandas, dask-geopandas; GDAL / Fiona, GEOS / Shapely;
- Xarray;
- Rasterio, rioxarray;
- SciPy;
- Numba;
- Pandera;
- jsonschema; great_expectations / SQL: PartiQL; Amazon Redshift UDFs in Python and AWS Lambda;
- PostGIS for PotstgreSQL / NoSQL: Mongo (MongoDB Atlas on AWS) / Spark (Scala) / PySpark (Python)
- Collaborative, consultative, and committed to continuous improvement and learning in a team-based environment
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills to explain complex technical topics in an easily comprehensible manner
- Ability to manage competing priorities, while remaining focused on the customer’s needs and meeting agreed-upon deliverables
- Customer-focused, analytical, detail-oriented, and a positive “can-do” attitude


- One or more AWS certifications, preferably. AWS Solutions Architect Professional AWS Data and Analytics - Specialty or AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty


- 7+ years of commercial, hands-on experience in many domains (Data Analytics, Engineering, DevOps, Machine Learning)
- at least one of the verticals (GIS, HealthTech, EnergyTech, RetailTech, FinTech)

We Offer

- Scientific or engineering challenges
- Work with disruptive deep-tech startups
- Work with rock stars (senior-level engineers, Ph.D.)
- Meaningful social and environmental projects
- Transparent, professional growth plan depending on your impact
- Remote work from any location
- Flexible working hours
- Unpaid unlimited personal time off
- Regular Team Building & company-wide team events

Terms & conditions

Part-time: 20h/week

About Neurons Lab

Who we are? Neurons Lab is a cloud network of scientists, engineers, and developers passionate about revolutionizing businesses’ future with AI and machine learning technologies.

When we founded it, we had an essential idea to marry two worlds. On the clients’ side — to help socially responsible organizations to boost their performance and achieve a strategic advantage by tailor-made ML solutions. On the consultants’ side — to give an opportunity for the bright individuals to work as independent experts that enjoy life and work freedom alongside taking responsibility for important challenges.

We focus on the two major industries — HealthTech and EnergyTech. Through the first one, we make a positive impact on human lives, wellbeing, and longevity. Through the second, we help industrial companies to be more efficient, reduce energy consumption, and cut the emissions that harm our environment.

Essential moments about us:
— “self-management” and “responsible” — we value your freedom and lifestyle and don’t put unnecessary limitations on the work process
— focus on specific industries through an AI lens — we value efforts put in the deep research and experience and want you to keep pursuing this without being distracted on the “full-stack” requirements.

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Job posted on 9 January 2023
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  • Category: Lead
  • principal, solution, Solutions Architecture, AWS Elasticache, aws certification
  • English: Upper-Intermediate
  • 5 years of experience
  • Domain: Machine Learning / Big Data
  • Full Remote
  • Product
  • Germany, Poland, Portugal, Romania
  • Only candidates from Europe and Ukraine
  • Part-time
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