Software Engineer Scientific Engine (Python)
Descartes Underwriting

Descartes Underwriting

Software Engineer Scientific Engine (Python)

  • Indefinido 
  • Paris

La empresa

Descartes Underwriting

Descartes Underwriting

  • Inteligencia artificial/Aprendizaje automático, Seguros, FinTech/InsurTech
  • Entre 50 y 250 empleados

La oferta

Software Engineer Scientific Engine (Python)

  • Indefinido 
  • Paris

Who are they?

Born out of the conviction that climate change calls for a revolutionary approach in insurance to better protect corporations and governments, Descartes was founded in 2018 to change the industry status quo.

Around the world, Descartes Underwriting offers a new generation of parametric insurance that builds resilience against natural catastrophes & climate risks. Unlike traditional insurance, which relies on lengthy loss adjustment procedures, Descartes’ parametric products pay out when a predefined event (i.e. flood, cyclone, earthquake, etc.) occurs as measured by a specified parameter or index.

Descartes’ innovative edge stems from their ability to handle massive new data sources and apply proprietary algorithms that extract value for their clients. The team utilizes machine learning and advanced algorithms to unlock valuable underwriting insights from a wide range of sources, including IoT, satellite imagery, stationary sensors, radar and third party data. Not limited to looking backwards at claims history, they model the underlying phenomenon directly, capturing trends and potential climate change impacts to better protect corporate and public sector clients.

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Job description

Due to our consistent growth, we are seeking to expand our Data, Software and DevOps team. At the core of our company, your missions will focus on:

  • Testing and refactoring code already used in existing project
  • Introducing object oriented patterns in functional code
  • Harmonizing data structures to streamline computation pipelines
  • Time profiling and optimizing python code
  • Implementing and testing scientific models

KEY MISSIONS 

  • Develop, optimize and update software for:
    • Calculation of risk models
    • Data collection, preparation and visualization
    • Export of outputs adapted to users
    • Testing and validation of existing solutions
    • Monitoring of contracts and associated data
  • Support, test and correct the tools of:
    • Continuous integration and continuous development (CI/CD)
    • Data storage
    • Version management of scrips, codes, languages and computer systems
    • Modularization and containerization of IT solutions
    • Connection to external and internal API’s
  • To participate in:
    • The assessment and definition of user needs
    • Modeling the risks of underlying contracts
    • The choice of technical solutions
    • Discussions with IT partners
    • Improving the skills of technical staff
    • Managing the access and rights of users of internal tools


TECH STACK 

  • Cloud provider: GCP
  • Code versioning tool: Git + Gitlab
  • OS: Linux
  • Code base: Python

EQUIPMENT

  • Laptop: premium DELL XPS 15
  • OS: you decide


ABOUT YOU

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS 

[Hard skills]

  • Solid knowledge in one of the following languages python, C/C++ or java
  • Good knowledge in python
  • Solid scientific background
    • bachelor in computer science, mathematics, physics, climate science
    • contact with scientific domain (e.g. robotic, physics engine in video game, data science)
  • Experience with Docker
  • Experience in TDD
  • Good knowledge in English and fluency in French
  • Familiar with production development workflow (code reviews, fast forward git policy)

[Soft skills]

  • Desire to train junior developers and explain software design and good practices
  • Desire to suggest improvements to the architecture
  • Ability to understand break epic track in achievable issues

[Nice-to-have]

  • Experience working with public API with python
  • Experience optimizing and profiling python code
  • Experience in a microservices architecture
  • Experience in HPC
  • Contribution to an open source project


MINDSET 

  • Strong interest with climate issue (it’s not a hoax, many people suffer from it)
  • Being comfortable to work alongside corporate insurers (some still wear suits)
  • You enjoy CI/CD automation (or at least appreciate the elegance of a well-crafted pipeline)
  • Willingness to help junior developers (remember how you were when you started )
  • Strong team spirit and ability to work (you’ll have to review code and have your code reviewed)
  • Rigorous, creative and meticulous mind (we handle large insurance, we take our time)
  • Strong desire to learn (there’s no limitation to the tech used, we’re happy to test and learn new tools)
  • Eagerness to work in a multi-cultural environment (policies and teams are from all around the world)

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? 

  • Join a company with a true purpose – help us help our clients be more resilient towards climate risks
  • A competitive salary, bonus and benefits (Premium Alan health insurance, Swile restaurant vouchers, Navigo reimbursement etc.) 
  • The opportunity to grow in your role, as the company does
  • Commitment from Descartes to it’s staff of continued learning and development (think annual seminars, training etc.)
  • Be part of a collaborative, diverse team where your ideas are heard 
  • A paid referral scheme for successfully referring peers
  • Frequent team events
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