AssemblyAI (YC 17): Senior Software Engineer, Python
via We Work Remotely
Headquarters: United States
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.
- 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
- 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
- Competitive Salary + Bonus
- 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