Senior Full Stack Engineer (Remote First)

Life is short - do something that matters! We are Academia.edu. Our mission is to accelerate and democratize the world's research because scientific discovery is based on it, and scientific discovery benefits everyone.
 
Academia is searching for a Senior Full Stack Engineer (Remote First).

What we're looking for
Our ideal candidates are not only great at what they do, but are also mission-driven.  Ideally, you have experience working across the stack and are excited about owning product and engineering initiatives. Bonus points for experience scaling an application to handle an increasing user base.
 
Your skillset:
- Good coding habits are a must.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to build solutions and products.
- Ability and willingness to learn new languages and technologies as needed.
- 5+yrs. of experience working on large-scale, consumer-facing, web apps or platforms in a Unix/Linux environment.
- Proficiency with either Ruby, Python or another scripting language is preferred but not required.
- Understanding, creating, manipulating, and querying databases.
- Rest API/back-end coding in a scripting language.
- Web Front-end coding experience e.g. JavaScript, HTML, CSS, etc., is a plus.
 
Our Stack:
- Ruby on Rails, Sidekiq
- PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch
- React + Typescript
- RSpec, Chromatic, Jest, Storybook
- CircleCI, Jenkins, Ansible, Terraform
- AWS ecosystem (EC2, S3, RDS, Redshift, many others)
- You don’t need to know any or all of these, but must be willing to learn!
 
What you’ll work on
You'll be designing and building systems to make our user base more productive on our platform. Here are some things that we are currently working on:
 
- A fast and scalable peer review system that identifies and distributes high-quality academic works
- Services that help academic authors understand the impact of their scholarship via text parsing and computation of bibliometrics
- Algorithmic approaches to identification of academic content and disambiguation of authorships in order to make every paper ever written available for free
- A paper recommendation engine that helps users discover the most relevant research
- Search Engine Optimizations to improve the discoverability of our corpus of 33M+ PDFs
 
What impact will you have?
Researchers from all over the world give us fantastic feedback:
- “I go through all the articles in the bulk download, save the ones that are clearly going to be useful and discard the remainder. This saves loads of time but also points me in directions I might not otherwise have thought of looking.”
- “The bulk downloads give me the chance to read more related articles as well as seeing what research is citing the article I am looking at.  It also helps me rapidly expand my personal digital library of references.”
 
 
What you’ll get?
* In addition to working closely with and collaborating with our talented tight-knit team, we value fostering employee growth. 
* Our ~90-person team, which includes ~50 Software Engineers, all value curiosity, initiative, teamwork, and we are passionate about building a great work environment that produces great products. 

* We have an employee-focused benefits program that includes :
* 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees that covers their spouses and dependents.
* A generous Paid Time Off includes 21 paid vacation days, 11 paid company holidays, and 1 volunteer day
* Annual professional development allowance & PTO
* Book stipend. 
* Stock options.
* Flexible sick days
* Parental & birth parent leave - 8 fully paid weeks each
* Fully paid 6-week sabbatical after 4 years of employment
* Work/Life balance with flex hours
* Weekly Bootcamp & yoga class
* FSA accounts
* Company-paid retreats
* Commuter benefits
* New computer hardware and accessories
* WFH monthly Internet stipend
* Stipend for hardware and accessories for WFH productivity setup
* 401K plan

In addition, for those who prefer to work at our office, we have a physical office which many work at, and which is located near MUNI & BART in beautiful downtown San Francisco.  The office is stocked with snacks, drinks, and oftentimes catered lunches.

Diversity and Inclusion
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.

Compensation
Our first-year cash compensation amount for this role is targeted at $160,000/yr to $240,000/yr in the USA. It will be adjusted in Canada. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including candidate experience and expertise and may vary from the amounts listed above.