Data Scientist - Imagery


SOWIT leverages all the power of remote-sensing (drone & satellite), agronomy and AI to provide impact-driven decision support systems to African farmers.

We are filling the agronomic information gap in Africa and helping farmers to optimize most critical operations.

Our solutions allow farmers to acquire critical information such as water stress and nitrogen deficiency to sustainably improve their operations (sowing, fertilization, harvesting).

SOWIT is looking forward to recruting impact-driven talents that believe Africa is key to sustainably addressing the growing food & demographic challenges. Having a bias for action, thinking big and taking ownership are essential principles to SOWIT.

SOWIT is part of the FUTURE 40 aka the 40 most promising startups of Station F over 1000.

Job Description


  • Building deep understanding of existing algorithms and imaging data assets
  • Evaluating different imaging platforms
  • Developing algorithms aimed at maximizing information capture from UAV and satellite data feeds
  • Contributing to components of in-flight imaging analyses
  • Building algorithms at field/sub-field level to solve real-world problems and help African producers with their decision making


  • Fluent in Python (preferred) or R, capable of framing problems as programming tasks from the ground up, as well as working with existing code
  • Can use and understand geospatial/statistical/machine learning libraries in Python or R
  • Can work with and understand a wide range of geospatial data formats
  • Can use git for day-to-day version control
  • Strong knowledge of image processing and remote sensing
  • Knowledge of GIS concepts and experience with vector geospatial data
  • Can translate the results of complex analyses into interpretable results, visually and verbally
  • Able to create and execute their own tasks with minimal direction
  • Works well both as a team member and independently
  • Writes well-documented, maintainable code in a collaborative environment

Preferred Experience

  • Masters/PhD degree with a quantitative focus
  • Substantive (1-3 years) experience in a technology focused environment
  • Some experience with AWS, Google Cloud, or other large scale computing
  • Familiarity with these subjects: digital agriculture, crop physiology, optical sensors, signal processing

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Paris, France (75013)
  • Education Level: Master's Degree
  • Experience: > 2 years