Validation Engineer (AI in Infrastructure Design) - London or Edinburgh

Permanent employee, Full-time · London

We are Continuum Industries, an Edinburgh-based startup developing artificial intelligence (AI) tools that enable engineers to rapidly create and explore design options for infrastructure projects. We’re on a mission to help accelerate the path to Net Zero by speeding up the early-stage design of large, complex infrastructure projects. In order to achieve these goals, we're searching for a Validation Engineer (AI in Infrastructure Design) who will relish the opportunity and challenge of working in a high-growth, fast-paced startup.

To date, our product, Optioneer, has successfully helped support the design of major electricity transmission projects, hydrogen pipelines, offshore wind farm export cables and challenging water pipelines. The projects we work on are built in, and influence the real world.

Our clients include many of the household names within the electricity and utilities sector who are currently embracing the once-in-a-lifetime challenge of rapidly upgrading and developing transmission systems which are necessary to support sustainable infrastructure of the future. Our solution plays an important role in helping them achieve this goal.

Optioneer saves 2-12 months of work on an average project (depending on its size) and usually explores more than 10 million options which provides critical speed up and confidence in the early stages of project development. This helps wind farms get connected to the grid faster, saves money for taxpayers in utility bills and reduces risks for infrastructure investors (like pension funds).

Infrastructure project development is a complex task - and our product requires hundreds of engineering parameters, gigabytes of geospatial data and algorithms that should run with minimal human tuning. This presents us with some unique challenges, spanning from ensuring the return of correct and accurate solutions to meeting the requirements of an increasingly complex and stringent consenting environment.

We are looking for a bright and curious engineer not afraid to work on the border between traditional engineering and cutting-edge AI. You’d be joining a great team backed by leading European Venture Capital investors at a time when we’re starting to rapidly grow our company and the adoption of our technology. You will have a chance to use and develop state-of-the-art technology in an established industry, dramatically improving the way in which critical infrastructure comes together. We hope you will be excited about these challenges and are looking forward to reading your application.
Your Role
In this role, you will be part of our technical team, while also working very closely with our customer success team and users. The day to day will entail attending scrum ceremonies as well as educating users which makes for a very diverse and interesting role. This role will perfectly suit a person willing to transition from traditional engineering / infrastructure background into tech / software world. 

You will be responsible for testing and validating the outputs of our AI engine. This will entail: 
  • Validating that quantities of interest for our customers are calculated correctly by the AI engine, and that results generated are correct.
  • Triaging and cataloguing  any issues you find, together with suggestions on how to improve the output quality.
  • Working alongside the developers in our AI team to resolve any issues you observe. This entails being a part of the testing / feedback cycle with dev and preparing test cases and test data.
  • Working with our customer success team and clients to understand their needs and requirements in order to act as a bridge between them and the AI team.
  • Keeping our customer success team informed about any ongoing known issues or edge cases of the AI engine.
  • Setting up different test projects on Optioneer and “putting the AI engine through its paces”. The purpose of this is to proactively understand the limits of our technology and catch issues before our customers do.

Through doing all of the above, you will spend a lot of time using Optioneer and  will also contribute to general product QA. This will entail: 
  • Identifying and triaging bugs in the UI or other functionality in Optioneer.
  • Identifying and cataloguing possible improvements in Optioneer functionality and working alongside the product team to include these in our development roadmap.
  • Supporting our UX designer and front-end devs with day-to-day questions and suggestions for improvement.
About You
Should have
  • Some experience working in a technical role the infrastructure industry, to the extent where you know basic principles behind infrastructure planning & design and what a sensible route on the map should be.
  • Keen interest in infrastructure projects in the utilities and energy sector. A university degree related to this field, such as engineering or environmental science, is a plus.
  • Ability to navigate interdisciplinary workflows, communicating complex concepts and working with diverse stakeholders.

Nice to have
  • Prior exposure to working in the infrastructure sectors, ideally in roles related to feasibility studies, strategic optioneering, routing and siting, public consultations, EIAs.
  • Practical experience in project development in one of the transmission infrastructure sectors is a big plus.
    • Examples: wind farm export cables, interconnectors, overhead power lines, water transfer pipelines, hydrogen/CO2/hydrocarbon pipelines etc.
  • Experience in a scripting programming language, such as Python or MATLAB
  • Experience working with GIS data
  • Experience with Excel
  • Experience working with any other simulation or analytics software
  • An appreciation of challenges in software product development
What You Get Out Of It
  • Salary: £35,000 to £45,000 annually (depending on experience)
  • Ownership: You’ll own a piece of our company through our share option scheme.
  • Impact: You’ll work on projects that will bring electricity, water or hydrogen to thousands of people in a green and sustainable way.
  • Flexible working environment & hours; we're outcome-focused. Ideally, you will be within commuting distance from Edinburgh or London so that we can meet in person every few weeks.
  • Time off: 34 days of paid time off per year (including local holidays).
  • Extensive upskilling opportunities: Two learning days each month + learning budget
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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