HDS is hiring a

Complex Optimization Engineer (Founding Engineer)

Palo Alto, United States

We are looking for seasoned simulation engineers (or mathematicians / statisticians with requisite background) to partner with our executive team to design and build the foundational technology for our large scale startup.   This is a rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor and make many of our core technology decisions.

Quick Hits:

  • Ground floor. Be among first 10 engineers, influence our stack, rich equity awards
  • Above market comp.  $150-200K, depending on desire for equity, experience
  • Top tier perks.  Work from home 2-3 days a week, catered meals, 100% paid benefits (medical, dental, vision, FSA, 401k), frequent team outings, games, custom machines
  • Low risk. Well funded, top tier team that grew two unicorns  -- see hdsglobal.com
  • Modern technology. Scala (will train), Java, event driven stack, Akka for concurrency & opportunity to learn extreme speed real-time techniques.
  • Leadership, growth, autonomy.    We trust you with nearly full autonomy: results, not face-time. We commit to grow our founding engineers’ careers.   That said, prior leadership experience is a strong plus.

Who are we?

We are HDS – a large scale startup working on robotic warehouses to deliver retail goods, same day (grocery, staples, electronics, etc.).   Our pitch – groceries, general merchandise, apparel and more from the world’s best retailers with same day delivery, for free, at store prices. How can we do this? By cutting fulfillment costs through robotics and software-defined automation.

What are we looking for?

Briefly - seasoned engineers that know that there are many right answers to the problem, have the experience to think through the big picture, and the ability to iteratively get to the right solution.   You will build a highly responsive simulation of our automated and robotic warehouse and design the core algorithms behind our success.  Strong background in statistical techniques, discrete event simulation, PhD in appropriate disciplines, and the ability to model real world events are a strong plus. 

Work in the way that works for you

We believe in creating an amazing place to work for self-motivated engineers.   We know different people work in different ways.  Some love to work in the office, while others prefer to work from home and only come in to collaborate.   Some need a trusty laptop and work in the cloud, while others want a beefy workstation; some vi others IntelliJ.   We trust you – do what works for you.   

A responsive application process

If you get jazzed by the problems above and already have some ideas you want to discuss - you may have the background. Our commitment to you: fast replies, and if we chat, a thought-provoking  conversation on a real problem: no brain teasers or silly take-home tests.


Apply  We are based in Palo Alto.  Get in on the ground floor - apply below.