Academia is looking for a Senior Mobile Engineer to join our team.

Our ideal candidate is an engineer who can augment their mobile experience and expertise with a generalist outlook. You will be the first mobile engineer in our company and you will lead our mobile development while working closely with the rest of the product engineering team.

Good knowledge of iOS or Android development, deployment, and best-practices, as well as an ambition to lead an engineering team will make you a great candidate for this position. You will be leading a key new engineering initiative for Academia.

What will you build?

Academia’s mission is to make every academic paper published available for free.

Academia's platform has scaled to over 59M registered users. You'll be designing and building systems and services to make our user base more productive in their academic work life. Key features of Academia that you will work on are:

* a scalable mobile newsfeed, highlighting the latest research in every field

* mobile notifications for key events relating to an academic's work

* an engaging peer review system to facilitate the identification & wide-scale distribution of high quality academic research

* advanced search products

* impact metrics and personalized analytics

What impact will you have?

Your work will impact millions of academics and non-academics, making knowledge more accessible and accelerating the world's research.

What will you get?

In addition to finding great talent for our tight-knit team, we value fostering employee growth. Our 25-person team values curiosity, initiative, teamwork, and we are passionate about building great products. We have an employee-focused benefits program that includes top notch health, dental, and vision insurance, a generous time off policy (21-days paid vacation, 10 federal holidays, and unrestricted sick-leave), stock options, catered lunch, a stocked kitchen, and a book stipend. We’re located near MUNI & BART in beautiful downtown San Francisco.

The Academia Story

Founded in 2008, is the leading online platform for academics worldwide. Our site accelerates research and supports academic breakthroughs by allowing researchers to publish and share their own work. Not only do these scholars and researchers share their own research, they can use our platform to monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. We currently have 25 employees at our San Francisco Office, with 17 in engineering.

Over 59 million academics are members, adding 20 million papers. attracts over 30 million unique visitors a month and has an investment of more than $33.5 million from leading VC firms including Khosla Ventures, True Ventures, Spark Capital and Tencent. Our work has garnered favorable attention from trade and mainstream media including Fortune, Wired, EdTech, Venture Beat, San Francisco Business Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, TechCrunch, Scientific American and Forbes.

Academia has turned cash flow positive; our revenue run rate is over $10M/year and growing rapidly.

Technologies we use

Our stack is Ruby on Rails, React, PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, Kafka, and Neo4J, all running on EC2 spot instances with autoscaling, and using Ansible for configuration management.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related major strongly preferred.  
  • Hands-on experience building, deploying, and scaling mobile applications.
  • 2-5+ years of software engineering experience.
  • Strong knowledge of web services architecture, and the ability to quickly learn new technologies

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