Senior Server Software Engineer

July 2017

SCRUFF, one of the largest and fastest-growing gay social networks worldwide, has an immediate opening for a part or full-time backend server software engineers. Ideal candidates have 5+ years of server-side software development experience, in languages like Ruby, Python, Java or Perl, and 10+ years working in command-line unix/linux development environments. Candidates should have 5+ years experience working with large, 24/7 consumer software applications with demanding uptime requirements. SCRUFF is among the largest customers of numerous Amazon Web Services, so experience with the AWS stack in particular or distributed systems in general is a plus. Testing is essential to ensure our 24/7 service is always running smoothly, so experience with testing frameworks or test-driven design is highly desirable. The SCRUFF server stack is implemented in ruby (sinatra, not rails), so past ruby experience is a plus.

As a backend engineer, you will share responsibility for ensuring the continuous uptime and reliability of the service. Over the next 12-24 months, you will drive core improvements across our backend infrastructure, at both a macro level (data management, system measurement and reporting) and micro level (front-end server tuning). You will also spearhead the big-data initiatives at SCRUFF, as we start to build products around the multi-terabyte data sets we work with on a daily basis.

Just like our systems, the SCRUFF organization is distributed. You will have wide latitude to set work location and work hours. We recognize talent is always in demand and distributed all across the world, so we can be super-flexible for the right candidate.

This is a great opportunity for developers who are passionate about mobile software, and are eager develop a cutting-edge set of technical skills. You will be able to work on a small team and have a tremendous amount of input.

While we welcome resumes from all qualified candidates, we will give special weight to candidates who can provide the following:

  • Link(s) to your iOS or Google Play app store apps
  • URLs for web applications you have developed and shipped
  • A high Stack Overflow score
  • An active GitHub account

Talk to us

We are a close team with experience at Microsoft, Google, HBO, Digitas and Roche and education from Stanford, MIT, NYU, USC and Boston College. If you're excited by what we've described, talk to us! Email with Software Engineer in the subject line and we'll take things from there. PS - we like programming puzzles, and hope you like them too :-)