Sr. Mobile Engineer - Android

San Francisco • $135k - $200k • 0.09% - 0.12%

Role Location

  • San Francisco


  • $135k - $200k
  • 0.09% - 0.12%


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

Academia is looking for a Sr Mobile Engineer (Android) to join our team.

Our ideal candidate is an engineer who can augment their mobile experience and expertise with a generalist outlook.

We are building entirely new native Android mobile app for Academia. Our iOS app just launched and we are about to start working on Android with Kotlin. The Android codebase will be brand new leveraging our JSON REST API. It's worth noting our mobile engineers do learn some basic backend development to enable us 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, not take shortcuts to rush to market.

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. You'll be designing and building systems and services to make our user base more productive in their academic work life. Key features of Academia that you will work on are:

  • a scalable mobile newsfeed, highlighting the latest research in every field
  • 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
  • a better reader
  • impact metrics and personalized analytics

What impact will you have? Your work will impact millions of academics and non-academics, making knowledge more accessible and accelerating the world's research.

What will you get? In addition to finding great talent for our tight-knit team, we value fostering employee growth. Our 46-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 time off policy (21-days paid vacation, 10 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.

The Academia Story Founded in 2008, is the leading online platform for academics worldwide. Our site accelerates research and supports academic breakthroughs by allowing researchers to publish and share their own work. Not only do these scholars and researchers share their own research, they can use our platform to monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. We currently have 46 employees at our San Francisco Office, with 26 in engineering.

Over 90 million academics are members, adding 20 million papers. attracts over 70 million unique visitors a month and has an investment of more than $33.5 million 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 Fortune, Wired, EdTech, Venture Beat, San Francisco Business Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, TechCrunch, Scientific American and Forbes.

Academia is turning cash flow positive; our revenue is doubling every year for the past 3-years.

Our full stack is Ruby on Rails, React, PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, Kafka, and Neo4J, all running on EC2 spot instances with autoscaling, and using Ansible for configuration management.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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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