Senior Software Engineer - Backend

New York City, NY, United States Full Time
OkCupid is looking to hire a Senior Software Engineer!

We’re seeking Engineers who:
  • are passionate about technology
  • are excited to learn new things
  • are independent
  • work well with others
  • can join our small team in NYC!
What is it like being a Software Engineer at OkCupid?
The OkCupid backend engineering team is comprised of six engineers building the infrastructure that powers matching algorithms, messaging, and more for millions of users every day.  Because the team is so small relative to our user base, each engineer here has full ownership of what they're working on and the opportunity to have a huge amount of direct consumer impact.  We also have a lot of input into both technical and product design, and we are involved in all parts of the product process from ideation to deployment, so everything we build is something that we also had a hand in designing.
Another result of our lean team size is that each of us has the opportunity to be exposed to many different parts of our stack and learn a ton.  To give one concrete example, one backend engineer has in the past year alone: built the foundation of our anti-spam infrastructure, built out the backend support for a completely new messaging paradigm, and built the foundation of our machine learning infrastructure.
We work closely with the other engineering and product teams across the company to figure out the best ways to help people find meaningful relationships, and then to turn those ideas into live product features.  These changes can include adding brand new features and experiences to the site; tweaking our matching algorithm to make sure that users see the best possible matches; or improving our infrastructure to ensure that users are always able to find matches and that we can continue to move quickly and improve their experience.
Some things you’ll do:
  • Analyze site activity and user behavior to figure out what makes people click
  • Work with product and engineering teams to figure out the best ways to help our users find love
  • Design, implement, and deploy features and improvements based on these findings
  • Some examples of projects that backend engineers are currently or were recently working on:
    • Discovery: building a new site experience to help users find other users based on shared interests, question answers, etc.
    • Matching algorithm: optimizing the algorithms that decide whom users see in different places across the site
    • ML infrastructure: building out infrastructure to allow our engineers and data scientists to quickly and easily deploy newly trained machine learning models into production
    • Core infrastructure: designing the future foundation of OkCupid's backend infrastructure, from deployments to testing environments to monitoring and alerting
Some things you’ll need:
  • 4+ years’ experience designing and building software
  • Expertise with C++, Go, Java, or similar
  • Experience designing and building scalable and reliable distributed systems – preferred
  • Experience working on consumer-facing products – preferred
What’s in it for you?
  • Competitive salary and full benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision, and 401k
  • Workstation and tools of your choice
  • Paid attendance to conferences
  • Regularly catered lunch and a bomb shelter stockpile of snacks and drinks
  • Company funded happy hours/events
  • A sunny office full of incredibly curious and friendly people
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