Red Radiant: Ruby Software Engineer (x3)

Posted by | September 30, 2010 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Anywhere/Palo Alto, CA


We’re looking for three highly-experienced Ruby engineers to work with our Chief Software Architect and CTO to build the core of our application. What is this elusive application you ask? We’re not quite at liberty to discuss it publicly, however rest assured it’s quite groundbreaking and has the potential to be nothing short of life-changing for every person on the planet. That’s not exaggeration. Seriously.
Note that this is a remote position at first, however our team will ultimately end up working out of Palo Alto, CA, so applicants in Silicon Valley (or willing to relocate there at some point in the future) are a plus. Let us know about your stance on relocation when you apply.
Down to the details. The right applicant will possess the following skills (in the least):
  1. Complete mastery of object-oriented programming concepts (4+ years of professional experience using primarily object oriented languages). Familiarity with design patterns (GoF) is a definite plus.
  2. Extensive experience with Ruby (2+years is ideal, although not required). Metaprogramming knowledge a plus. Contributions to the Ruby/Rails community are a definite plus.
  3. Thorough knowledge of Rails, including familiarity with its internals (experience writing plugins to extend the framework’s functionality is a plus–show us your Github account!).
  4. Experience with HAML a plus.
  5. Understanding of RESTful application architecture and the Rails routing system.
  6. Understanding of the Software as a Service model, including backend client billing and account management.
  7. Experience with Rails application deployment and Capistrano a big plus.
  8. Mastery of client-side web technologies (XHTML, CSS, Javascript, JSON).
  9. Expert-level understanding of SQL (specifically MySQL but Oracle is a plus), including knowledge of database design and optimization.
  10. Knowledge of and prior use of agile development practices including test-driven development, continuous integration, and iterative development.
  11. Outstanding interpersonal skills (good sense of humor is a plus!).
  12. Exceptional written communication skills.
  13. Extremely reliable and responsible. Able to work additional hours if necessary or be on call in case of emergencies.
Sound intense? It sure is. But we’re confident the right candidates are out there and we’re excited to give them the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a groundbreaking new project. This isn’t another “hey let’s start a social media e-commerce SaaS other business jargon keyword etc.” startup. You’ll be working with people who actually know what they’re doing and how to make a lasting impact on the web and society at large. And, of course, appropriate compensation will be provided.

To apply: Send your application to and let us know why you’re a one-of a kind software developer. The more you tell us about yourself, the better. Show us past projects. Show us your Github account. Show us personality (a well-written cov

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