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AssemblyAI (YC 17)

Location: Anywhere in the World

Senior Software Engineer, Python

BACKEND
Full-Time
Back-End Programming
Anywhere in the World
AWS
Continuous Integration Servers
Data Structures and Algorithms
Deployment Automation
Django
Docker
Flask
MongoDB
PostgreSQL
Python
RESTful Services/APIs
SQL
System Design
We're looking for a senior backend engineer with strong software and cloud engineering skills. You'll help us build highly scalable developer-centric APIs and backend systems powered by state-of-the-art ML models. Some of your responsibilities will include:
  • Build new API features and endpoints
  • Build automated test suites and CI/CD pipelines
  • Build highly scalable event-driven and realtime systems
  • Instrument systems with metrics, tracing, and logging 
  • Refactor applications to eliminate tech debt
  • Troubleshoot production issues

You'll love this job if you....

  • Enjoy solving complex technical problems, even when there is no perfect solution.
  • Enjoy being in a fast-paced, customer-facing role.
  • Thrive in small, cross-functional teams. We like to wear many hats here!
  • You're excited to tackle big technical challenges like building highly scalable architectures and achieving zero-downtime deploys.

Requirements

  • 6+ years of professional experience building backend applications using any popular language such as Python, Java, C#, JavaScript, Go, C/C++
  • 4+ years of working with SQL and NoSQL databases
  • 3+ years of production support experience
  • 3+ years working with common AWS services
  • 3+ years developing REST APIs
  • 3+ years of experience working with Python
  • 3+ working with Python backend frameworks like Django, Flask, or Tornado
  • Experience migrating systems to meet increasing traffic/scale
  • Startup or FAANG-type experience - Has worked at a startup or high growth company
  • Deep AWS knowledge - Has many years of experience solutioning within AWS
  • Strong Python coding abilities - Can pass difficult programming challenges in a relatively short period of time. Can speak clearly about their thinking throughout these challenges. Can speak to O-notation of algorithms. Has excellent knowledge of common python idioms and libraries.
  • High scalability experience - Has been a tech leader on scaling systems to hundreds of millions of requests/events per day. Has experience with hyper-observability, scaling algorithms, and using production data to drive system changes

Skills

  • Amazing system design chops - When given a hard problem to solve with a new system, they can quickly shape an effective design and communicate its strengths, weaknesses, and tradeoffs.
  • High-octane thinking - Engages deeply on subjects of expertise. Thinks ahead many steps and can see where decisions are likely to lead. Their brains compute at a very high level.
  • Extremely creative - Can find both novel and effective solutions within highly constrained time and resources
  • Fast learner - Has shown they can ramp up on difficult topics very fast
  • Exceptional gut instincts - Can practically feel when something is right or wrong. Can use these instincts to quickly point themselves in the right direction.
  • Opinionated - They have convictions in what they believe and can communicate their position clearly without drama.

Nice to Have

  • Machine learning experience - Has worked with machine learning models at scale
  • Experience integrating and deploying ML models into production

Benefits (US)

  • Competitive Salary + Bonus
  • Equity
  • 401k
  • 100% Remote team
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Premium Healthcare (100% Covered for you + dependents)
  • Vision & Dental Care
  • $1K budget for your home office setup
  • New Macbook Pro (or PC if you prefer)
  • 2x/year company paid team retreat

Salary Range (Global): $125,000 - $200,000