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Backend Engineer (Algorithm-Focus)

$80k – $130k • 0.2% – 0.5%
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Build the infrastructure of human connection with us.

Why this Role?

  • Actually change lives at an unprecedented scale: How often do you hear about apps that make people cry of joy? It is really for us a unique opportunity and privilege to be able to meaningfully improve the lives of 100,000s of people - and yet to still be at the very beginning of our mission!
  • Join us at an incredible time: We're well-funded and hit product-market fit, which gives us a huge green field to work with. You'd join at the perfect time to shape what we build and how we grow, so we can create a more inclusive world.
  • Work with some of the best people in the world: We have an incredibly talented and passionate team that is a lot of fun to work with. We're still super small and have accomplished some things that were thought impossible!
  • Tackle our most interesting and impactful problems: Our team is still small, and people wear many hats. You'd jump between product, marketing, internal tools, process — participating in every phase from inception to implementation. Absolutely no boredom.

So... what will you do as a Backend Engineer at Ava?

  • You'll help scale Ava as a key communication service millions of deaf/hard-of-hearing users & their peers can rely on.
  • You'll design and build a reliable and performant infrastructure on projects - such as improving the reliability of our realtime audio & text sync service.
  • You'll conceive algorithms to accommodate real time multi-editing and audio processing.
  • You'll write our new API to accelerate & build integrations with multiple complementary productivity & communication services.
  • You'll be designing and improving key security features to keep Ava safe for all, including for our professional users.

You'd be perfect for this role if:

  • You have experience scaling production software. You've worked on a product experiencing rapid growth and understand what needs to be done to scale to the next level.
  • You can readily learn most technologies as you go. To you, technologies are about tools and tradeoffs, not an ideology.
  • You care about the business implications of anything you build. You're not just going after cool stuff — you understand the balance between craft, speed, and the bottom line.
  • You're fluent with Typescript, NodeJS, bash, Python (basics), algorithmic basics, AWS, Jenkins, Docker, Terraform.
  • Bonus: You have dabbled into React.js
  • Bonus: You've spent meaningful time as a senior engineer or tech lead — or even better, you've managed a team before.

Meet your team

People you would work with in this role

Jean-Benoît Malzac

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Product Manager with a real enthusiasm for helping to develop innovative products. Loves challenges & numbers.
Breaking deaf/hearing barriers since age 5, now for 450M ppl as CEO @AVA. Forbes 30u30 & MIT Humanitarian of the Year. UC Berkeley & Ponts ParisTech grad.

Skinner Cheng

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CTO & Co-founder @Ava Accessibility . Computer Science @University of San Francisco . A knack for everything mobile. Android/iOS/Wearable/Embedded Systems.


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Ava Accessibility at a glance

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Ava Accessibility focuses on Mobile, SaaS, Healthcare, Health Care Information Technology, and Artificial Intelligence. Their company has offices in San Francisco and Paris. They have a small team that's between 11-50 employees. To date, Ava Accessibility has raised $1.845M of funding; their latest round was closed on November 2016.

You can view their website at http://www.ava.me/ or find them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Product Hunt.

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