Academia.edu: Academia.edu looking for software engineer
Location: San Francisco, CA
their field. On Academia.edu, academics follow other academics in their field,
and they get a Twitter/Facebook-style News Feed that contains the latest
research from people in their field on Academia.edu – the latest papers, talks,
status updates, and blog posts.
research spreads through the world. We want research to spread around the world
at Twitter/Facebook speed. Currently it takes weeks/months and sometimes more
than a year for a paper to hit the desks of everyone in the world who should
hear about it. Our vision is for all research to be channeled to the people who are interested in it in a matter of hours, rather than weeks or months.
on the rate at which research is shared.
academics on the site, and are growing by 10-15,000 academics a month. Users of
Academia.edu include some of the most famous academics in the world, including Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, and Steven Pinker.
number of angels including Mark Shuttleworth (Ubuntu and Thawte), Rupert
Pennant- Rea (Chairman of The Economist), and Thomas Lehrman (founder of Gerson
and Bush). More info about the team is here: http://academia/about.
our team. Academia.edu has a very engineer-driven culture. We describe below
how we think about our culture, and also the qualities of the people we want to
engineering: innovation at the cutting edge of web development to
overcome the complex challenges that can arise.
with product and user experience: obsession with creating a great
product, and a great user experience. Feeling anguish and pain when the
site is slow, or when a user interface or feature is bad, and pleasure
when the site is fast and intuitive.
intellectual satisfaction from solving problems. Finding the best and
quickest solution to the problem the team is currently working on.
ambition: pushing the boundaries of the technologies we work with. For
example, when thinking about the best UI for a feature, having no fear in
required to make it work right.
finishing products and deploying code. Believing that exceptional
engineering, combined with exceptional creativity, are what makes a
comfort with tweaking a CSS style or optimizing a SQL query all in the
to prioritize features: being able to look at a ton of possible
features on a whiteboard, add more to the mix, and then choose which one
has the highest priority
thoughtful about productivity: thinking about what working
environments and structures ensure optimal productivity. Ensuring that the
right environment and structures are in place for everyone.
willingness to get up at 4am to restart the servers, and then build
something the next day so the servers don’t go down again
investment in what we work on: caring personally about the impact of
our work on people around the world
thought: being able to learn from people around us when we need to,
and also challenge them when they need to be challenged
inquisitive: thinking of ways of improving things that we interact
being able to develop new ideas for the product and enhance the vision of
for the Academia.edu vision: passion for building a platform that
could change the way that research is shared and discovered
to have an impact on the world around you: keenness to be the one to
build the platform behind Academia.edu. The possibility of positively
improving the lives of millions of people via what we build is very
exciting for us.
visionary: thinking ‘What will the world look like in 10 years’ time,
and how can we build that now?
learner who can discover and pick up new techniques fast.
development: you have 2+ years of web development experience
stack: you have experience designing and implementing the full
stack of a web application: sysadmin, database implementation and optimization,
- Scaling: ideally
you have some experience scaling an application to deal with an increasing
user base. This is not essential though.
- Ruby on Rails
- ActionScript 3
- Scribd/iPaper API
- Facebook Connect
job while becoming great at whatever tool you’re using. Experience with Rails
is a plus, but far more important is your ability to pick up new technologies
chance to build an awesome product that could
chance to work in a fun and intellectually inquisitive team
salary and stock options. We want to hire someone exceptional, and we want to
be generous with stock options to make this happen.
ergonomic chair of your choosing
laptop with two huge monitors
smartphone (iPhone/BlackBerry/Nexus One)
and other issues relating to re-location.
Price at richard–at–academia.edu.
Academia.edu, and let us know what you think of the site:
is good about the user experience, and what is bad
features we have that you think are good, and which are bad, or which are
researcher. Please be as detailed as possible in your comments on the site.
To apply: If you are interested to learn more, please email Richard Price at richard—at—academia.edu.
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