Senior Mobile Engineer - iOS

San Francisco • $100k - $200k

Role Location

  • San Francisco


$100k - $200k


26 - 50 people


580 California St Ste 400
San Francisco, CA, 94104-1000, US

Tech Stack

  • Ruby on Rails
  • React
  • PostgreSQL
  • Redis
  • Kafka
  • Elastic Search
  • AWS
  • Neo4j
  • EC2
  • Swift
  • Kotlin
  • Mobile apps

Role Description

Senior Mobile Engineer – iOS SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Our ideal candidate is an engineer that is a solid software engineering generalist that is experienced and knowledgeable in iOS development, deployment, and best-practices.

What will you build? Academia’s mission is to make every academic research paper published available on any platform, anywhere, anytime for free.

You will design and build systems and services with Swift to make our user base more productive on their iOS mobile devices in their academic work life. This will include:

  • a scalable mobile newsfeed, highlighting the latest research in every field that will be customizable by user preferences.
  • mobile notifications for key events relating to an academic's work
  • an engaging peer review system to facilitate the identification & wide-scale distribution of high-quality academic research
  • advanced search products
  • impact metrics and personalized analytics

You will be part of a small “world-class” team that will build new products and features from scratch! Your work will have a positive social impact on many millions of academics and non-academics alike by making all academic knowledge more accessible in much shorter time frames and accelerating the world's research.

Position Requirements · Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related major strongly preferred. · Hands-on experience in building, deploying and scaling native iOS applications. · 2-5+ years of software engineering experience. · Strong knowledge Computer Science fundamentals and web services architecture · The ability to quickly learn new technologies and apply them successfully.

Technologies we use We are building entirely new iOS mobile apps for Academia. The codebase is brand new and done with Swift with a JSON REST API. Our mobile engineers will learn some basic backend development to enable them to create database migrations and API endpoints essentially making us “mobile full-stack”. We are taking our time to get the architecture and design patterns right, it’s our intention to build a quality product in lieu of taking shortcuts to rush to market.

What’s in it for you? You will join a team of equally talented, fun, smart, collaborative people in building new products and from scratch and new features on existing products. You will be a part of a positive, supportive work/life balance culture that fosters your professional growth. You will enjoy an employee-focused benefits program that includes 100% employer-paid premiums on health, dental, and vision insurance, a generous time-off policy (21-days paid vacation, 11 federal holidays, and unlimited sick days), stock options, a daily catered lunch, a fully stocked kitchen, and a book stipend. We’re conveniently located a few blocks from MUNI & BART stations in beautiful downtown San Francisco office close to world-class restaurants and other venues.


Academia is building a new distribution and peer review platform. Our mission is to accelerate the world’s research and make every academic publication available for free to anyone, anywhere, in any language, and in any format. was founded in 2008 in San Francisco by ​Richard Price​ who recognized the need for open access to scholarly work while he was a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Oxford University.

Academia has built a network of Academics around the world who access our platform on the web and via native mobile apps to discover new research, collaborate, recommend and peer review papers, and gather feedback on draft research by participating in real-time collaborative sessions.

Academia’s platform has more than 110 million registered users (growing at over 150,000 per day), has over 70 million unique visitors every month. We have over 150,000 paying premium subscribers, which has contributed to us doubling in revenue for both of the last two years.

Historically, Academic journals have controlled the publishing process. Usually, 2 peer reviewers evaluate the quality of the paper, and either reject it or approve it. It is then published by the journal and is put behind a paywall. It typically costs $50-$100 to get the paper out from the paywall. The process of submitting to publishing usually takes a minimum of 12-months or longer.

Academia’s mission is to disrupt this $10B industry.

We’re located ~3 blocks from Montgomery BART in downtown San Francisco.

We’re a Ruby on Rails shop, with React on the frontend our native mobile apps are built for iOS with Swift and Android using Kotlin. All of our engineers are full-stack, and virtually all of them are computer scientists. We value and recruit computer science generalists, at Academia.

We have over 45 full-time employees and over 26 in engineering.

Academia has raised over $33.8 million from a range of investors, including Tencent, Khosla Ventures, True Ventures, and Spark Ventures.

Academia is a proud equal opportunity employer and we are committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Company Culture

We run an open, transparent, and collaborative company. The CEO gives a board presentation, and the next day he'll show the same deck to all employees. Cash flow and product plans are openly shown to everyone. We value honesty, wisdom and clear communication.

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