Application Engineer (open)

Term: Permanent, full-time
Posted: September 2022

Ideon Technologies is transforming subsurface discovery, using the energy from supernova explosions in space to image density anomalies deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Based in Richmond, BC, on the beautiful west coast of Canada, we are a world pioneer in cosmic-ray muon tomography. Our discovery platform integrates proprietary detectors, imaging systems, inversion technologies, and artificial intelligence to provide x-ray-like visibility up to 1 km underground. We capture, measure, and transform muon data into reliable geophysical surveys and 3D density maps that help geologists identify new mineral and metal deposits with precision and confidence. As a result, they drill less and discover more – reducing cost and risk, saving time, and minimizing environmental impact – ultimately accelerating the world’s transition to low-impact mining. Watch this short video to learn a bit more about what we do.

The role

At Ideon, up-time is key, and testing is a core part of our culture. We are seeking an experienced application engineer who can expand our existing testing, continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD), and operational troubleshooting practices to meet the needs of our growing client base. You will be responsible for the coordination, deployment, and active monitoring of Ideon’s software and firmware across our suite of devices. Software teams will rely on you for guidance on how to effectively version their code and make use of our automated testing pipeline. You will manage deployment of tested code to devices distributed around the globe and will have an active role in monitoring those systems, identifying problems for either escalation or immediate resolution. You will have ownership over our integration pipeline and the freedom to build (or buy) new tools and infrastructure to ensure our deployed code is rock-solid and operating to specifications.

Experience in geosciences is not required, but you must be eager to learn about the industry and the unique needs of our customers with respect to reporting and traceability. You will work with our technical and business stakeholders to ensure our roadmap addresses these needs. Joining a rapidly growing start-up means you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of different domains, from cloud IoT implementation to dashboard development. Learning new skills will be a hallmark of your time at Ideon.

Specifically, this role involves:

  • ownership of Ideon’s testing, and CI/CD pipelines
  • coordination and deployment of Ideon’s software and firmware
  • expansion and improvement of our existing practices across testing, CI/CD, deployment and monitoring
  • being the version control champion and acting as a resource to other technical teams, including geoscientists and physicists
  • reviewing and testing code, searching for potential vulnerabilities, security or otherwise
  • working closely with the product owner to prioritize technical work and forecast deliver
  • directly contributing to the development of new features and capabilities
  • advising and assisting team more junior team members


While you will be supporting our particle physicists and geoscientists directly, you do not require experience in either domain. We’re more interested in your ability to break down technical requirements into actionable tasks for developers – as well as your internal wiring as a good human. If you are someone who thrives in the dynamic environment of a technology start-up, loves the intricacies of code, and you’re not shy about asking questions or offering a valuable perspective, we’re probably a good match.

Your qualifications include:  

  • A degree in Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years’ (7 years preferred) experience in an application engineering or similar role (such as devops)
  • Expert with git and ideally with Github
  • Experience in the development and maintenance of testing pipelines
  • Familiarity with firmware development
  • Comfortable deploying pipelines in containerized environments (like Github Actions, Docker)
  • Demonstrably strong programming skills in Python and C/C++. Additional languages are a bonus.
  • Completely at home working in Linux environments and developing for them.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • References who can speak to your personal style, attitude, and coding prowess.


The position is based in Richmond, BC (Greater Vancouver) and can involve some work from home but cannot be not fully remote.

What We Offer

This is an opportunity to work with a dynamic technology start-up and spin-off from TRIUMF (Canada’s national particle physics laboratory) as we scale up our business rapidly. You will be working to advance a ground-breaking solution that will generate significant economic and environmental benefit. Our team is entrepreneurial by nature, mission-driven, and focused on doing things right to deliver great customer outcomes. We are also committed to seeking out the best brains and the most exceptional humans, wherever they come from and however they happen to be packaged.

What It’s Like Here

Great ideas and rich company culture come from diversity of thought, experience, and perspective. The Ideon culture is anchored in a set of core values that directly shape how we hire, coach, evaluate, and develop our people: 

  • Driven by industry, informed by science
    We solve industry problems with scientific rigour: listening carefully, analyzing the data, and developing solutions that our clients – and the planet – cannot live without.
  • Inspired to create, wired to deliver              
    We’re imaginative, creating new possibilities and embracing the diversity of thought and experience within our team to move with urgency, learn from our failures, and execute masterfully.
  • Unified team, personally accountable
    We have each other’s backs and operate with integrity, respect, and empathy. Success depends on leaving egos at the door, celebrating our differences, delivering promises, and owning the outcome together.
  • Boldly ambitious, exceptionally human
    We think big and have the courage to blaze new trails. We’re in this business to win, but that doesn’t mean we compromise on doing the right thing for our people, our clients, and our world.

Please send your résumé and cover letter via email to Kim Lawrence, including the job title in the subject line.