Software Development Engineer II, Computational Geometry



Software Engineering
Helsinki, Finland
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

Mapbox is building a live location platform. Our maps represent the ever-evolving world, accessing, aggregating, and adapting anonymous data from millions of sensors and phones in real-time. Mapbox has the exciting opportunity to power devices and products across the next frontier in location-based data. Whether you’re watching the delivery of your grocery order on Instacart, tracking your personal best mile on Strava, sending snaps on Snapchat, monitoring your gas budget on Metromile, or checking today’s forecast on The Weather Channel, Mapbox is the location and maps within those apps. We’re changing how people move by live-mapping the world.

What We Do
As the 3D graphics team, we use our engineering skills and curiosity to push the boundaries of what’s possible with interactive maps and how people use location technologies in their daily lives. We work on state-of-the-art platforms, largely open-source, for map interaction and visualization used by millions of people around the globe.

What You’ll Do

  • Work on creating world scale mesh data, using a combination of rich data sources to create superior products

  • Work on procedural geometry, generating efficient meshes from various combined data sources

  • Optimizing existing mesh content and generating various levels of detail while retaining correct meshes and meta-semantics

  • Work on optimizing delivery formats to ensure the best in class online and offline experiences in our rendering engines.

  • Work with a mix of modern C++14/17, Python and other tools of the trade, using the best practices of software engineering and tools.

  • Solve interesting computational geometry problems, algorithms, and architectural challenges.

  • Improve the project’s performance, stability, salability, maintainability and simplicity.

  • Experiment with new visualization techniques and fast graphics and geometry algorithms; and see them benefit millions of people in consumer mapping applications.

What We Believe are Important Traits for This Role

  • Curiosity, enthusiasm, eagerness to solve challenging technical problems in the geo and data visualization space using emerging technologies.

  • Empathy and kindness; willingness to learn from different perspectives and patience to help others grow.

  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with distributed teams.

  • Experience in coming up with solutions to geometric problems and developing generalized and robust algorithms

  • Strong in C++, Python, algorithms and performance optimization.

  • Strong in 3D Mesh / computational geometry processing techniques and being able to apply them to a wide range of problems.

  • Helpful experience that is a plus but not a requirement

    • Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG), procedural modeling, 3D reconstruction, Mesh Decimation, Mesh Compression

    • Location technologies (maps, GIS).

    • Graphics programming (OpenGL, Metal, Vulkan, WebGL, WebGPU).

    • Cloud computing

    • PySpark or other relevant distributed data processing tools

If you are interested in this role, please feel free to reach out to Diana Kazlova or the hiring manager Ivo van Dongen.

What We Value

In addition to our core values, which are not unique to this position and are necessary for Mapbox leaders:

  • We value high-performing creative individuals who dig into problems and opportunities.

  • We believe in individuals being their whole selves at work. We commit to this through supportive health care, parental leave, flexibility for the things that come up in life, and innovating on how we think about supporting our people.

  • We emphasize an environment of teaching and learning to equip employees with the tools needed to be successful in their function and the company.

  • We strongly believe in the value of growing a diverse team and encourage people of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations to apply.

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