Big Think : Rails Programmer

Posted by | October 19, 2010 | Web Pro Job Tips

Location: New York, NY


Big Think (
is an online forum where experts at the top of their fields engage with
the public about the critical questions of our time. Over the past two
years, we’ve published interviews with 1,500 luminaries from Ted Kennedy
and Ricky Gervais to Stephen Hawking and Jason Fried. Now, we’re
 overhauling our web site, introducing new kinds of content, and
expanding to TV and mobile devices. We’re searching for an excellent
programmer to help make this evolution possible.
As part of a small, fast-moving, and experienced
team, you’ll create features across Big Think, from our web and mobile
front-ends to the search system and back-end components that connect to
an array of services. You may be called upon to improve the
load-balancer; support the production team with a script; or design and
implement a new component. The ideal candidate will possess the
flexibility and broad technical knowledge to fill all these roles plus
deep proficiency in Ruby, JavaScript, HTML, object-oriented design, and
web-scale architecture.
In a recent interview, Mark Zuckerberg said he
couldn’t think of another company where each engineer is responsible for
1,000,000 unique users. Big Think is such a company. When you join us,
you’ll not only have fun building great features; you’ll also have a
tremendous impact on the world.
– Expert proficiency in Ruby, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
– Experience with Rails, Linux, MySQL, Apache or nginx, and Git or other SCM
– Strong foundation in object-oriented design and development
– Excellent communication and scheduling skills
– BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience
– Fluency in English
– Independent work desirable
The job is initially part-time, but we hope to find someone with
interest in joining us as a full-time employee in the future. You may
work at our office near Union Square in Manhattan or in your own space.
Salary is based on experience.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to: Please do not call the Big Think office.

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