Senior Site Reliability Engineer

San Francisco • $150k - $200k • 0.09% - 0.15%

Role Location

  • San Francisco


  • $150k - $200k
  • 0.09% - 0.15%


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

Role Description

Senior Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) SAN FRANCISCO

Academia is building a new Open Science distribution and peer review platform for Academic papers. 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 become the world's leading software platform for reading academic papers.

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 90 million users (growing at over 150,000 per day), and has over 70 million unique visitors every month, including over 12.5M logged-in monthly active users (MAU). We have over 120,000 paying premium subscribers, which has contributed to a doubling in revenue for both of the last two years.

Academia is hiring a Senior Site Reliability Engineer to join our team.

At Academia, we believe SRE is a mindset and a set of engineering approaches to running better production systems - we build our own creative engineering solutions to reliability problems. SREs are responsible for the big picture of how our systems are designed for operability, how they relate to each other, and we use a breadth of tools and approaches to solve a broad spectrum of problems.


• 3+ years of experience minimum as an SRE on large scale high profile apps. • 8+ years of overall software engineering experience. • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science is preferred or equivalent work experience. • Strong technical communications skills and solid knowledge of web architecture and systems. • Strong analytical and problem solving skills. • Fluent coding skills • Deep knowledge of Linux systems experience • Current and deep knowledge of Cloud Infrastructure technologies • Current and deep experience with Site Reliability Engineering principles • Lots of war stories about “saving the day”. • Demonstrated ability to fix a plane while it's in flight. • We use Terraform and Ansible for provisioning, Sensu and Librato for monitoring, PagerDuty, AWS, EC2. You should have experience with these or similar tools. • Experience maintaining and automating high availability systems (ideally for millions of users) • Experience wearing a pager and resolving “firefights”. • Leadership experience is preferred. Since this role has the potential to grow into managing multiple infrastructure teams; we'd like to find an engineer who might find this interesting, but it's not a requirement if you don't.

This role has the potential to grow to managing multiple infrastructure teams; we'd like to find an engineer who might find this interesting, but it's not a requirement if you don't.

About Academia

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.


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 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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