Back End Engineer

About Niche

We believe people’s lives are made better by having the right resources to inform their biggest life decisions. Niche is the best place to research U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies. Every month, millions of people use our easy-to-read and comprehensive report cards, rankings, and reviews to choose the schools, neighborhoods, and companies that are right for them.

Niche is all about finding where you fit in and that mission inspires how we operate every day. On top of that, we want Niche to be a place where people truly enjoy working.

About the Role

We’re looking for a driven, resourceful, and systematic Software Engineer to join our growing team.  As a Back End Software Engineer, you will be tasked with building and enhancing services in our distributed systems, with a strong focus on reliability, maintainability, and scalability.  Our microservices platform is built on Go, Postgresql, Kafka, Elasticsearch and more.

During the 1st Month:

  • Collaborate with various team members to learn how your role fits within the team, the tech department, and Niche
  • Shadow Back End team members to learn more about our tech stack, the products we support, and our development standards and processes
  • Code, test, and ship fixes for bugs and tech debt

Within 3 Months:

  • Join a product team and begin working within an Agile development framework
  • Collaborate with other Back End team members to break down and implement new features or functionality
  • Participate in code reviews and provide thoughtful, constructive feedback to other Back End team members
  • Gain exposure to the platform’s underlying infrastructure and deployment processes

Within 6 Months:

  • Work with members of the tech and product teams to distill user stories or business requirements into technical requirements/design
  • Understand the high level architecture of the website, mobile app, and other consumers of our back-end services

Within 12 months:

  • Confidently implement new functionality and fix bugs across a variety of Back End projects
  • Begin identifying areas for improvement in our codebase, researching best practices, and making recommendations to the team on strategies to address them
  • Solidify understanding of the breadth of our tech stack, including underlying infrastructure, front end applications, and internal tools, and how they interact with our back-end services.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience with one or more general purpose programming languages (Go, C/C++, C#, Java, Python etc.)
  • Experience with one or more SQL databases (Postgresql, SQL Server etc.)
  • Strong understanding of common data structures and algorithms
  • Basic understanding of networking protocols
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, both verbal and written

Why Niche?

  • Full time, salaried position with competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health plan, including vision and dental, provided at no cost to the employee
  • 20 PTO days, 10 Paid Holidays and 3 Volunteer Days Off per year
  • Parental leave
  • Stock options and SIMPLE IRA
  • Your ideas and work will make an immediate impact on our company and millions of users

Niche will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship now or in the future for this opening.

Candidates only.  No recruiters or agencies, please. All of our open positions are located in our Pittsburgh, PA office. Sorry, we do not offer relocation assistance.

Niche is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.

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Working at Niche

Niche is a small team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’re a unique blend of data scientists, engineers, parents, and “yinzers” who are looking for exceptional talent to grow our company. Read more about Niche and check out our team page.

We believe people’s lives are made better by having the right resources to inform their biggest life decisions. Your ideas and work will make an immediate impact on our company and millions of users.

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