Senior Backend Engineer

San Francisco, California, United States expand job description ↓


  • You have experience building self-serve SaaS applications with advanced knowledge of at least one scripting language (e.g. Python, Ruby, Javascript), an MVC framework (eg: django, express) and deep experiences with databases: MySQL, MongoDB, Redshift, Vertica, etc. In addition to having an intimate knowledge of the whole web stack, you understand how all the pieces fit together (front-end, database, network layer, etc.) and how they impact the performance of your application.
  • You have built bullet proof APIs to expose data, and you’ve worked hand-in-hand with front-end engineers to build performant, functional and novel user experiences.
  • You have scaled your back-end implementations to thousands of QPS, and you love architecting creative solutions that fit the particular use case.
  • You are a data junkie who can balance flexibility with performance. You know how to use big-data paradigms like MapReduce to solve problems, can navigate the balance between pre-computing answers with real-time queries, and know how to support a dynamic web application.


  • Strong Computer Science Training (4 year Tier 1 program)
    • Feel free to have gotten a Master’s Degree too
  • 4-8 years of High Quality development experience (shipping robust and bullet proof code)
  • Demonstrated Innovation and Ownership
  • You have worked for a company that built something awesome and meaningful.

Bonus points if you:

  • Have developed back-end systems in Java, C++, or other non-scripting language.
  • You have built on top of big data systems like Hadoop, Spark, Storm
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Deep understanding of data analysis, exploration, statistics, and general system design
  • Experience with machine learning, optimization, and algorithms


Opportunity to be a founding engineer of a funded start up. Focus on impact and company culture, with founders who have been there before.

Here are the personal attributes we’re looking for:

  • You feel ownership over everything you ship; you'd never call code "released" until you’re confident it’s correct. You pride yourself on efficient monitoring, strong documentation, and proper test coverage.
  • You want to better understand how computers perceive the world around us. You ponder about how to close the loop between human input and computational methods.
  • A team player. You believe that you can achieve more on a team — that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You rely on others' candid feedback for continuous improvement.
  • Design sensibilities.You have an understanding about what makes software a pleasure to use, not only as an end user, but also as a consumer of APIs and libraries.
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Strong Computer Science Training (4 year Tier 1 program)
4-8 years of High Quality development experience (shipping robust and bullet proof code)