Senior Software Engineer, Full-stack (SF)

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: 160,000-220,000 Annually
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📍Work Tuesdays and Thursdays at our San Francisco office, and the rest Work From Home.

Our San Francisco office is at 580 California Street, a few blocks from the Montgomery exit of BART and MUNI.

Life is short—do something that matters! We are Our mission is to accelerate and democratize the world's research, which increases the velocity of scientific discovery and technological progress which benefits everyone.


Who we are

We are building the world’s largest network for sharing and finding academic research online. With over 265M registered users and nearly half of the world’s academics using our platform monthly, has a significant global reach.

By joining our team, you will have the chance to make a positive and lasting impact on our users around the globe. Our users range from researchers, academics, industry professionals, and college students. Our company has over 340,000 paying premium subscribers, which has resulted in positive cash flow. This puts us in a unique position to disrupt the $25 billion academic publishing industry.

Our ~100-person team, which includes ~45 Software Engineers, values curiosity, initiative, teamwork, and collaboration. We are passionate about building a great work environment that produces excellent products. 


What we're looking for

Our ideal candidates are great at what they do and mission-driven. They have experience working across the entire web stack and are excited about owning product and engineering initiatives. Experience scaling web applications to handle an increasing user base into the millions is especially desirable.

Your skillset:

  • Good coding habits are a must.
  • Knowledge and use of common data structures and algorithms to solve problems.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to build solutions and products.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new languages and technologies as needed.
  • 5+ years of professional software development experience designing and building large scalable systems, consumer-facing web apps, or web platforms in a Unix/Linux environment.
  • Professional level of coding proficiency with one of the following; Ruby, Python, or Node.js+Javascript or Node.js+Typescript. Must be willing to learn/work with Ruby on Rails stack.
  • Solid understanding of databases; including data modeling, DBMS creation, data manipulation, and data queries.
  • Rest API/back-end coding in a scripting language.
  • Web Front-end coding experience, e.g., JavaScript, Typescript, React.js, a plus.

Our Tech Stack:

  • Ruby on Rails, Sidekiq
  • PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch
  • React + Typescript
  • RSpec, Chromatic, Jest, Storybook
  • CircleCI, Jenkins, Ansible, Terraform, Datadog
  • AWS ecosystem (EC2, S3, RDS, Redshift, Aurora, and many others)
  • You don’t need to know our tech stack, but you must be willing and able to learn and apply it quickly!

What you’ll work on:

  • You'll be designing and building systems and web applications 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 50M+ 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 see what research is citing the article I am looking at. It also helps me rapidly expand my personal digital library of references.”
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What you’ll get?

  • Our employee-focused benefits program includes:
  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees that covers their spouses and dependents.
  • Generous Paid Time Off includes 21 paid vacation days, 12 paid company holidays, 1 volunteer day, and many other PTO leaves.
  • Annual professional development allowance & PTO.
  • Work/Life balance with flex hours.
  • Unlimited sick days.
  • WFH monthly Internet stipend.
  • New hardware and accessories for WFH productivity setup.
  • Commuter benefits.
  • Book stipend. 
  • Competitive compensation and Stock options.
  • Parental & birth parent leave - 8 fully paid weeks each.
  • 6-week paid sabbatical after 4 years of employment.
  • FSA accounts.
  • Catered lunches
  • Company-paid retreats.
  • 401K plan.

In addition, for those who work at our office, located near MUNI & BART in the beautiful downtown San Francisco - Financial District. The office has snacks and drinks, and we cater lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Diversity and Inclusion

Academia is a proud equal opportunity employer 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.


The total cash compensation for this role is targeted at $160,000 to $220,000 USD for the first year. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

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