Web Frontend and Backend Software Engineers
at Early Stage Startup (Anywhere)
A very early stage startup. Hence this is a huge opportunity to get on-board early on. We are in the process of developing a web and mobile games/media delivery platform. At present the firm direction we want to head towards is to first build a platform on which new features can be later bolted. If you are passionate about working on a project and for a company from a very early stage, then this is a fantastic opportunity.
We are looking for a set of skills and experience (Interns and recent graduates please also see the note at the end of this section):
- Node.js and/or SilkJS (writing native modules and deployment is a huge plus), V8, C++ (STL and Boost)
- NoSQL, PostgreSQL/MySQL
- AWS, load-balancing/reverse-proxing, Highly parallel real-time zero-downtime system setup and monitoring
- Video and image processing library experience (e.g. porting, fixing/contributing to and using C/C++ APIs of libraries from ImageMagick and/or FFmpeg)
- Developing Webservices, Push notification and RESTful APIs
You don’t have to know all of the above. But you need to know at least two sets and within each of those two sets at least two skills. In addition to that you should have Linux, Git and Continuous Integration experience. Experience of writing and understanding secure code is a must. Team leading and mentoring experience is an added bonus. When applying please mention all your skill-sets (both technical and non-technical) on a separate page within your CV, and rate your expertise in each of those skills on the scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 is “White-belt Kid – Worked on just one project(for at least 6 months) using this technology/skill” and 10 is “Ninja – can recite/demonstrate the technology/skill even while asleep”). Also mention number of years of experience with each technology/skill.
It will be a huge bonus if you can also demonstrate your skills showcasing your active personal project(s) on github, bitbucket, sourceforge, freshmeat etc.
We are a startup at a very early stage, hence owning additional non-engineering activities and responsibilities will be a must.
And yes, you need to have a hell-loads of sense of humour! As this is a startup, there is going to be blood, sweat and tears. You need the have nerves to hold on to it. You need to be a brave heart.
And equally important, we are also eager to know what other interests you have apart from software engineering. Tell us about, say, your passion for photography, your drum playing skills or your painting skills, can you juggle ten balls at the same time? Can you spin on your toe? Can you read a book upside-down? We want to know it all – what amazing and amusing things you can do. Surprise us!
Note: Interns and recent graduates are encouraged to apply as well. You will have to demonstrate solid computer science knowledge (e.g. data structures, algorithm analysis, data communication, database design, language theory) and/or active project experience. Also, interns who have not taken computer science courses but can show personal software projects and experience too will be considered.
We are based in Swindon, Wiltshire with future option to move to London if business mandates. The advantage of being in Swindon is that the cost of living is far lower compared to London. Also Swindon is part of Silicon Gorge (the M4 corridor) and hence there is a thriving tech community and hi-tech companies (and restaurants and pubs) in and around Swindon. You get best of both worlds, a countryside lifestyle (early morning jog in the woods, birds singing their morning and evening melodies) and a very well connected place to London, Reading, Oxford and Bristol. And to top all that you will also get to work on technologically challenging projects with a very early stage startup!
This is an equity based opportunity. In addition to that you will be contributing, from a very early stage, to a very exciting platform and challenging projects.
When applying please include your CV and also a few lines about yourself and why you are interested in working with us.