Full-Stack Engineer

San Francisco, CA, United States

Academia.edu


Role Location

  • San Francisco, CA, United States

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
  • Swift
  • Kotlin
  • Mobile apps

Role Description

Full-stack Software Engineer SAN FRANCISCO

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 130M registered users, and over 70M monthly unique visitors, 19M+ 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 many millions of scholars, scientists, and professionals by making knowledge more accessible and fostering discussion among our users.

What will you get? In addition to finding great talent for our tight-knit team, we value fostering employee growth. Our >53-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, generous time-off policy (21-days paid vacation, 11 federal holidays, and unlimited sick days), stock options, catered lunch, a stocked kitchen, and a book stipend. We’re located near MUNI & BART in beautiful downtown San Francisco.

What to expect from the Interview At Academia, we believe in strong computer science fundamentals. If you're unfamiliar with parts of our stack, that's not a problem as long as you're hungry to learn. We're more interested in your abilities as a software engineer. You will be given the opportunity to meet most of the engineers on our team, plus the CTO and the CEO. Conversations will range from personal interests to your resume background. We want to understand your problem-solving skills and your ability to write structured, scalable, production-level code. During the interview process, you'll be given a logic problem and you'll be asked to write code to solve the problem. We view this as a discussion, and we're more interested in the way you think rather than that you got the right answer.

The Academia Story Academia is building a new distribution and peer review platform for the world's academic research. Guided by a mission to accelerate the world’s research, Academia aims to make every academic paper ever published available for free online and accessible by anyone in the world.

Academia has built a network of Academics around the world who access our platform on the web and a native mobile app 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 registered more than 130 million users (growing at over 150,000 per day), has over 70 million unique visitors every month, including over 19M logged-in monthly active users (MAU). We have over 150,000 paying premium subscribers, which has contributed to a doubling in revenue for both of the last two years.

Academia has attracted $34 million in investment from leading VC firms including Khosla Ventures, True Ventures, Spark Capital, and Tencent. Our work has garnered favorable attention from trade and mainstream media including UK Times, Fortune, Wired, EdTech, Venture Beat, San Francisco Business Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, TechCrunch, Scientific American, and Forbes.

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.

Technologies we use Ruby on Rails, React (to make our FE more responsive), RSpec and Jasmine for testing, PostgreSQL for data storage, Redis for in-memory data structures, Elasticsearch for our full-text search engine, Kafka for our publish-subscribe messaging, Neo4J for managing our email lists, all working with EC2 spot instances and autoscaling, and Ansible for configuration management.

Requirements Solid CS fundamentals; Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related major strongly preferred Preferably 2-5+ years of large scale web application development in a Unix/Linux environment. Strong knowledge of web services architecture, and the ability to quickly learn new technologies Proficiency with Ruby, Python, or other scripting language is preferred but not required Understanding, creating and manipulating and querying databases API/back-end coding in one or more languages e.g. Ruby, Java, Python, etc. Front-end coding experience in one or more languages, e.g. HTML, JavaScript, Java, etc., is preferred but not required.

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 and by doing so, advance the pace of scientific progress.

Academia.edu 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 130 million registered users (growing at over 150,000 per day), has over 70 million unique visitors every month. We have over 250,000 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 a 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 53 full-time employees and over 28 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. If our CEO gives a board presentation then 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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