Senior Backend Engineer

Quizlet’s mission is to help students (and their teachers) practice and master whatever they are learning. Every month more than 50 million active learners from 130 countries practice and master more than 300 million study sets on every conceivable topic and subject. We are developing new learning experiences by modeling how students learn and by drawing upon knowledge acquisition, retention, and pedagogy in cognitive science. We are always seeking to help students master any subject by optimizing study efficiency and engagement.

As part of the Growth Platform team, you will take on creating services to manage emails, authentication, payments, and other communication channels (SMS, Omni channel, etc). Our goal is to empower the Product Engineers to do larger, user facing functionality. We will be re-building parts of the engine that powers Quizlet to enable rapid iteration while making it highly scalable.

Quizlet is a leading company in consumer learning technology with proven traction and huge growth ahead. Our business model is robust with two strong revenue streams — advertisements and paid subscriptions. Our ads business allows us to offer amazing study tools to millions of students around the globe for free. And our premium subscriptions give students and teachers the ability to create custom content and access learning analytics tools. Come help us scale one of the fastest growing and highest quality consumer learning brands, as we develop innovative simple-to-use study tools that help students everywhere.

The Role

  • Must enjoy digging into existing code and making it more efficient and scalable.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of service ownership spanning all aspects of the service lifecycle including design, development, operation, and continual improvement.
  • Data-driven mindset to identify faults and areas for continual improvement.
  • Work collaboratively within a small team providing services that other teams depend on
  • Participate in design, code, and architecture reviews
  • Investigate new technologies that may be of use to the team

Example Projects:

  • Building a new service to send transactional emails using external email provider
  • Refactoring our authentication code
  • Integrating with various communication packages (push, SMS, etc).
  • Building out new payment types.

Required Qualifications

  • Backend server experience in JVM-based language/Python/NodeJS
  • 5+ years of experience building rich, interactive web applications
  • Experience working on large-scale consumer websites, with attention to scalability and performance concerns
  • Experience building stateful APIs
  • Excitement about the impact your work could have on the lives of students and teachers every day

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some experience building services using Docker/Kubernetes
  • Experience working on large-scale consumer websites, with attention to scalability and performance concerns

Quizlet’s Team Culture

We are here to make education better and more accessible. We strive to improve the lives of students and teachers at every stage and in every setting. We have a bias for action, take initiative, and hustle to deliver results. We make informed decisions whenever possible but are unafraid to take calculated risks on great ideas to promote learning. We embrace challenges and see effort as the path to mastery. We’re constantly seeking opportunities to learn and we embrace curiosity. Quality matters at Quizlet, and we hold the bar high on everything we do. We sweat the details and take personal accountability and pride in anything that carries the Quizlet name. We speak up, jump in and work with each other to fix problems, and never say "that's not my job." We treat each other with honesty and respect, encourage vigorous debate, and seek critical feedback. We value diversity, humility, transparency, and collaboration as the best paths to our success — as individuals, as a team, and as a company.

Quizlet’s success as an online learning community depends on a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are actively working to build a team that is representative of the diverse communities we serve, and an open, inclusive work environment where all employees can thrive. As an equal opportunity employer and a tech company committed to societal change, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Come join us!


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