Senior Backend Software Engineer

San Francisco, California • Technology • Full-time • salary
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Starcity is looking for a senior backend software engineer. We're a young company that's growing fast and needs people who can keep up. Above all else, we value integrity, perseverance and humility in our team members.

Starcity is a lifestyle brand which provides beautifully designed co-living communities in major cities, and we're on track to welcome thousands (and one day millions) of customers to our communities over the coming years. We have awesome backers including Y Combinator, Bullpen Capital, NEA, Social Capital, Index Ventures and have been featured in notable publications like The New York Times, Business Insider, San Francisco Chronicle, Silicon Valley Magazine, TechCrunch and many more.

Our mission is to make great cities accessible to everyone. We do that by creating community homes—a unique new affordable way to live in cities. We’re a tech-enabled company that places a high value on experimentation and excellent craftsmanship.

As a senior backend software engineer, you will lead a team that builds and maintains our backend infrastructure. These systems include payment processing and authentication/authorization services, and our API server. You should be familiar with microservice architectures, be an expert at designing interfaces between systems and have strong knowledge of relational databases.

As a senior member of the team you will be expected to exhibit excellent communication skills—your role extends beyond engineering to mentorship of more junior engineers. This role will be dynamic and challenging, and you will be given a large amount of responsibility.

Our technology stack is ClojureScript on the frontend (re-frame) and Clojure on the backend. We use GraphQL (implemented with lacinia) for our API and Datomic as our database. We’re hosted on AWS.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Exhibit strong attention to detail; able to think several steps beyond the initial requirements
  • Communicate effectively with product managers
  • Ensure technical feasibility of new features and manage expectations of users and stakeholders
  • Architect interfaces that scale as features accumulate and requirements change
  • Understand when and where to optimize code
  • Build libraries out of common patterns
Education, Skills and Experience
  • 5+ years of software development experience, with at least three years in backend web development
  • 4+ years of experience with relational databases
  • 2+ years of experience with Clojure or similar functional language
  • Thorough understanding of server-side web technologies
  • Experience designing and implementing REST and GraphQL web APIs
  • Has worked with a variety of 3rd party HTTP APIs
  • Bachelor’s degree not a must
Bonus
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science
  • Experience with Datomic
  • Maintains or contributes to notable OSS repositories

The position is a full-time, salaried role with medical, dental, vision and retirement benefits.

The position is based at our HQ in San Francisco but you may be expected to travel to different project sites in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Starcity is an equal opportunity housing provider and employer, and acts in these capacities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

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