Full-Stack Software Engineer

San Francisco • $120k - $200k • 0.009% - 0.120%

Academia.edu


Role Location

  • San Francisco

Compensation

  • $120k - $200k
  • 0.009% - 0.120%

Employees

26 - 50 people

Address

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

Role Description

Academia is looking for a Full-Stack Software Engineer to join our team!

What we're looking for Our ideal candidates are not only great at what they do, but they also make a meaningful impact on our mission. You should have experience working with the full stack of a web application. You are excited about and understand front end and robust app server architecture, and scalable backend design.

Bonus points for experience scaling an application to handle an increasing user base or having the ambition to put your scaling ideas into practice. Familiarity with our current tools is a plus, but it's much more important that you be a fast learner who can pick up new technologies quickly.

What will you build? Academia’s mission is to make every academic paper published available for free.

Academia's platform has scaled to over 90M registered users, and over 70M monthly active users. You'll be designing and building systems and services to make our user base more productive in their academic work life. You'll be working on such systems as: * communications and messaging tools to facilitate collaboration and feedback * an engaging and scalable peer review system to facilitate the identification & wide-scale distribution of high-quality academic research * A scalable newsfeed, highlighting the latest research in every field * tools and platforms that enable academics to publish directly on the Academia social network * advanced search products and personalized analytics

What impact will you have? Your work will impact millions of scholars, making knowledge more accessible and fostering discussion among scholars.

What will you get? In addition to finding great talent for our tight-knit team, we value fostering employee growth. Our 25-person team values curiosity, initiative, teamwork, and we are passionate about building great products. We have an employee-focused benefits program that includes top-notch health, dental, and vision insurance, a generous paid time off policy (21-days paid vacation, 11 federal holidays, and unrestricted sick-leave), stock options, catered lunch, a stocked kitchen, and a book stipend. We’re located near MUNI & BART in beautiful downtown San Francisco.

About Academia.edu

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.

Academia.edu was founded in 2008 in San Francisco by ​Richard Price​ who recognized the need for open access of 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 through their desktop and now mobile devices to collaborate, review newsfeeds, make recommendations on papers, create a new way of evaluating the quality of a paper with PaperRank, and achieve “aha” moments by participating in live, real-time collaborative sessions. Academia’s platform has registered more than 100 million users (growing at over 70,000 per day), with over 10M MAU, and over 110,000 premium subscribers paying $10/mo, which is yielding $9M per year in cash flow for the company. Our registrations have grown from 30 million to 80 million during the past 2-years . Subscribers to Premium have grown from zero to 110,000 in the past 1 ½ years. We have over 70 million unique visitors come to our website every month (this has doubled in the last year).

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 2+ blocks from Montgomery BART in downtown San Francisco.

We’re a Ruby on Rails shop, with React on the frontend. 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.

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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