Scribd: Javascript / Web UI Expert at Scribd – #2 Largest Rails Site

Posted by | July 28, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: San Francisco, Ca


The Job
Got slick Javascript skills? Want to build the next generation of browser UI’s with HTML5 and CSS3? We may have something for you.
Scribd is already a top 100 site on the web and we made big news when we launched the first HTML5 document reader ( Recently we pushed the boundaries of reading on the web again when we launched, our digital reading service.
With all these projects, Scribd is investing heavily in Javascript and HTML5 as the technologies powering the future of reading. We’re looking for people with serious front-end web skills to help us build next generation UI’s to make reading on the web a beautiful and enjoyable experience.
About Scribd
Scribd is a YCombinator startup based in San Francisco. Our vision is to build the future of publishing, and we’re already one of the top 100 sites on the web with over 90 million monthly visitors. We’ve won lots of awards and raised 20M along the way, but the journey is only 1% finished, and we’re looking for talented technologists of all kinds to take Scribd to the next level.
There is a lot of deep technology operating behind the scenes at Scribd. We have scaled the world’s second largest ruby on rails site, invented the first HTML5 document reader, and done original work on textual analysis. Scribd is a very engineering-driven company: as an engineer here you will have a lot of responsibility to choose the projects you work on and to define the way they get built. And because we have a large userbase and deploy new code daily, your work will likely be used by millions of people on your first week. 
Scribd has a unique company culture that combines a laid-back atmosphere (we have company go-karts and an office zipline) with a total focus on doing great engineering – the best way to experience it is really to read through our jobs page and watch our infamous go-kart racing video. For more info on our technology, check out our tech blog and this article about our break-through HTML5 technology. 
Recently we launched our first mobile application, called Float, for web and iOS. Float is more than just an app, though; it is a digital reading service that aims to bring all of your favorite reading sources into one platform. We’re combining news articles, blog posts, books, and more into one integrated reading experience that works across all devices. For more info, check out some of the great coverage we’ve had about Float, or try it out yourself at 
The Ideal Profile
The ideal candidate is a highly skilled Javascript developer with a general engineering background and the ability to do full-stack web development. You’ve mastered one or more Javascript libraries, follow web standards, and are familiar with HTML5 / CSS3. You love building beautiful UI’s.
Strong object-oriented Javascript skills
Mastered one or more major Javascript frameworks
Familiar with web standards and cross browser development
Strong CS fundamentals gained through Bachelor’s degree in CS, HCI or related discipline or equivalent industry experience
Design and UX sensibilities
Ideally, experience doing full-stack development and not afraid to touch all areas of a web application
This is a full-time role in San Francisco, CA.
If you don’t live in the SF Bay Area, see our page about benefits and relocation for more info about moving out here.
Resumes for engineering roles are reviewed directly by a senior member of our engineering team within 24 hours. If you’re not sure which engineering role to apply for, just make your best guess. All communication is held confidential. 
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Extremely competitive.

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume with the subject "Your name — Javascript Expert — via 37signals" to

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