Sr. Front End Engineer

San Francisco • $150k - $200k

Role Location

  • San Francisco


$150k - $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

Role Description

Senior Front End Engineer 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 80 million users (growing at over 100,000 per day), and has over 60 million unique visitors every month, including over 10M logged-in monthly active users (MAU). We have over 100,000 paying premium subscribers, which has contributed to a doubling in revenue for both of the last two years.

Academia is seeking an experienced Senior Front-End Engineer who is excited to use their deep understanding of web technologies to improve the website. In this role, you'll use your mastery of Javascript, HTML, and CSS to lead engineering efforts that focus on usability, reusability, performance, and accessibility. You'll work with a cross-functional team to launch new features and campaigns.

Requirements * Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science preferred but not required. 3+ years of experience * Preferred 4-5+ years * Deep knowledge of web front-end technologies required * experience architecting reusable front-end components * experience in gradual migrations to new frameworks * experience teaching rest of company, setting direction, communicating direction of front-end infrastructure to rest of team/company

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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