June 11, 2024
US & Canada Only
$160K - $240K USD

Senior Full-stack Software Engineer (Remote)

About the job:


Senior Full Stack Engineer (Remote)


📍Work from anywhere in the USA or Canada


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, which benefits everyone.


Who we are

We are building the world’s largest network for sharing and finding academic research online. With over 235M registered users and nearly half of the world’s academics using our platform monthly, Academia.edu 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, and industry professionals, to college students. Our company has over 335,000 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.


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.
  • 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+yrs. of experience working on large-scale, consumer-facing web apps or platforms in a Unix/Linux environment.
  • Proficiency with one or more of the following; Ruby, Python, or Node.js+Javascript or Node.js+Typescript. Must be willing to learn/work with Ruby on Rails stack.
  • Understanding, creating, manipulating, and querying databases.
  • 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 40M+ 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.”
  • See more: https://www.academia.edu

What you’ll get?

  • In addition to working closely with and collaborating with our diverse, talented, tight-knit team, we value fostering employee growth. 
  • Our ~72-person team, which includes ~38 Software Engineers, values 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, 12 paid company holidays, 1 volunteer day and many other PTO leaves as well.
  • 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.
  • WFH monthly Internet stipend.
  • New 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 where many work, 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.


The first-year cash compensation amount for this role is targeted at $160,000 to $240,000 USD in the USA and $130,000 - $220,000 CAD in Canada. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including candidate experience and expertise and may vary from the amounts listed above.

Our Remote Work Policy

* You can work 100% remotely from anywhere in the US or Canada if you are legally living and working in the USA or a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.

* Our core work hours are 10am-4pm Pacific Time, with flex hours for the rest of the day.

US & Canada Only
$160K - $240K USD/Year

Company Benefits

Share this job:
👉 Please let Academia know you found this opening on Remote Army, with your support we can keep providing you with fresh quality remote jobs.

Don't miss out on new remote jobs!

Get curated job alerts daily on your preferred categories and access all features!

Join Telegram Channel