We're looking for outstanding engineers to apply to become Palantir Forward Deployed Software Engineers (FDSEs). While the position is based in Canberra, it typically includes a 12-month rotation in one of our global offices, usually New York or London, with travel and housing included. FDSEs will spend a year overseas working on one or more existing Palantir deployments in the public or private sector, learn the software inside and out, then rotate back to Canberra to lead our work with Australian government agencies.

The Role
Forward Deployed Software Engineers (FDSEs) understand our customers' greatest pain points and design end-to-end solutions and deploy cutting-edge technologies to address them. They solicit constant feedback on their work from both customers and colleagues, improving our products over time with rapid iteration cycles.

Projects often start with a nebulous question without a clear answer. FDSEs are thought leaders and first movers in developing a solution, from high-level system design and prototyping to application development and data integration.

FDSEs work with customers around the world, where they gain unique insight into the world's most important industries and institutions. We help our customers fight violent crime, detect insider trading, improve disaster relief, uncover healthcare fraud, and more. Each mission presents different challenges, from the regulatory environment to the nature of the data to the user population. FDSEs work to accommodate all aspects of an environment to drive real outcomes for our customers.

Technologies We Use
Core Palantir products provide the foundation for our deployments, and custom applications are built on top of these platforms.

Other technologies include:

  • Postgres, Cassandra, Hadoop, and Spark for distributed data storage and parallel computing
  • Java and Groovy for our back-end applications and data integration tools
  • Typescript, AngularJS, jQuery, Backbone, Underscore, Leaflet, and d3 for our web technologies
  • Python for data processing and analysis
  • Palantir cloud infrastructure based on AWS EC2 and S3

Our Principles

  • Impact: We take on meaningful and challenging projects that change the world for the better.
  • Dedication: We see projects through from beginning to end in spite of obstacles we may encounter.
  • Collaboration: We work internally with people from a variety of backgrounds — such as other FDSEs, product teams, and Deployment Strategists. We also work externally with our customers, often on site, to understand and solve their problems.
  • Trust: We trust each other to effectively manage time and priorities—we don't micromanage. We want to give people the space to think for themselves.
  • Growth: We push ourselves and our peers to improve themselves and the world around them.
  • Learning: We often face entirely novel problems where we need to quickly pick up a lot of new information and learn how to use it to make progress.

What We Value

  • Strong engineering background, preferably in fields such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Software Engineering, or Physics.
  • Familiarity with data structures, storage systems, cloud infrastructure, front-end frameworks, and other technical tools.
  • Understanding of how technical decisions impact the user of what you're building.
  • Proficiency with programming languages such as Java, C++, Python, JavaScript, or similar languages.
  • Ability to work effectively in teams of technical and non-technical individuals.
  • Skill and comfort working in a rapidly changing environment with dynamic objectives and iteration with users.
  • Demonstrated ability to continuously learn, work independently, and make decisions with minimal supervision.


  • Depending on circumstances, a willingness to travel abroad for the 12-month rotation, and occasionally thereafter.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain an Australian security clearance.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations@palantir.com or you may call us at +1 (650) 473-9158.