7 Sep 2012

Full-Time {Backend || DevOps} Engineer – Node.js, Neo4j, Heroku, EC2

FiftyThree – Posted by FiftyThreeNew York, New York, United States

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Job Description

Hello. We are FiftyThree.

We make stuff. Beautiful, practical, meaningful stuff.
We make what we love.
And we love what we do.

Want to join us?


About Us

FiftyThree is the company behind Paper, an iPad app for freeform writing/sketching/drawing.

Paper has done well since we launched. Among other things, it won this year’s Apple Design Award for iPad, it’s had nearly 3 million downloads, and it’s used and loved by creatives at top companies everywhere, including Apple, Nike, Pixar, Vimeo, and more.

But Paper is just the beginning for us, and we’re now hard at work on our next big product. Our company’s goal is to bring creation tools into the post-PC era, and we think there’s a huge opportunity there (just like there was for Office on PC). Mobile and tablets are changing everything.

We like to say that Paper is “where ideas begin”; what we’re building now is a service to “bring ideas together”. To use a rough analogy, something like a GitHub for ideas and creations.

We have a great team of developers and designers spanning iOS and web, but we’re looking for 2-3 more developers to join us. That’s where we hope you’ll come in.


About You

We’re looking for great backend or devops engineers to help us build and scale this service. The role is flexible depending on your prior experience, passions, and expertise.

  • For example, perhaps you love algorithms and performance engineering. Great — we know our current activity feed won’t scale; have a go at it. (It’s a fun graph problem.)

  • Or perhaps you love systems and infrastructure. Perfect — we could use a hand in setting up a high-availability database cluster with master-slave replication.

  • Or perhaps you love data and metrics. Right on — it’ll be critical for us to have great instrumentation and analytics in place so we can monitor early and monitor often.

Whatever your specifics, you’ll work across a diverse set of tools: our current stack combines Node.jswith Neo4j, a graph database, and we deploy on a mix of Heroku and Amazon EC2. We write in bothJavaScript and CoffeeScript, and we keep track of it all through GitHub and Trello.

You don’t need prior experience with these directly, but you should have some history of building or scaling websites and services. Even better if you can show depth and passion somewhere. Of course, strong engineering skills and an ability to learn quickly are a must.

You’ll be just our second backend engineer, so you’ll help form our culture, process, and workflow. And if we succeed, you’ll help shape the company’s future and direction, as well.


How to Apply

If this sounds interesting to you and you think you fit the bill, drop us a line at jobs@fiftythree.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

P.S. You can also learn more about our culture and style through our more general jobs page.


Job Categories: Engineering and Featured. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: ec2, heroku, neo4j, and node.js.

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