Senior Software Engineer - Backend / API

| Watertown
Markforged is liberating designers and engineers from the long lead times and high costs of traditional manufacturing. We build cutting-edge next generation cloud connected industrial 3D printers that produce parts 50x faster that are 23x stronger and 20x lower-cost. NASA, Google, Ford, Amazon, Siemens and thousands of companies in 50 countries use Markforged printers to produce same-day prototypes and stronger end-use parts than ever before. 
Our software technologies and tools empower our customers to configure print-ready parts, visualize part geometry in 3D, and push to IoT-connected printers for printing. As part of the Software Engineering team, you would be helping to lead the scaling and growth of our 3D printing platform involving end-customer applications and IoT services.
As a Backend Software Engineer you will be responsible for building out and scaling the systems that power our 3D printing platform. Our team is still small (6 engineers) so you will have tons of upfront project ownership and responsibility. We move at a breakneck pace but refuse to compromise on quality. We believe in “doing it right the first time” and investing in code quality, testing, tooling and infrastructure. Your ideas will directly influence the company's future. You will do interdisciplinary work on physical systems and learn from best-of-the-best engineers across MatSci, Mech-E, EE, and Software. 

In this you will:

  • Design, build, and maintain APIs, services, and systems across Markforged's engineering teams
  • Debug production issues across services and multiple levels of the stack
  • Work with engineers across the company to build new features at large-scale
  • Improve engineering standards, tooling, and processes
  • Plan for the growth of Markforged's infrastructure
  • Build a great customer experience for people using your infrastructure
  • Build infrastructure that’s specific to our APIs, e.g. serving webhooks with low latency
  • Serve as on-call for our API, e.g. responding to API abuse impacting our databases

What we look for:

  • Hold yourself and others to a high bar when working with production systems
  • Take pride in working on projects to successful completion involving a wide variety of technologies and systems.
  • Enjoy and have experience building APIs
  • Thrive in a collaborative environment involving different stakeholders and subject matter experts
  • Think about systems — their edge cases, failure modes, and lifecycles
  • Know your way around a Unix shell
  • Are able to write and review high quality code in multiple programming languages (e.g. Javascript, Coffeescript, Python, C)
  • Can design, build and operate services that are the foundation of Markforged's cloud printing software
  • Can design and implement tooling and automation for clustering, scaling, monitoring and alerting
  • Focus on eliminating risks and build reliable, scalable and performant systems
  • Are looking for an environment where you and your teammates empower one another to become the best versions of yourselves
  • Will show empathy towards developers, e.g. when making design decisions and breaking changes
  • Are well rounded throughout the stack, capable of building infrastructure and product code (UI not necessary)
  • Derive job satisfaction from abstracting and refactoring
  • It’s not expected that any single candidate would have expertise across all of these areas. For instance, we have wonderful team members who are really focused on their customers’ needs and building amazing user experiences, but didn’t come in with as much systems knowledge.

What We Look For

  • 3-5 years experience building and shipping high quality code
  • Strong CS fundamentals
  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science, or equivalent
  • Experience building APIs, Services and Scaling Systems
  • Proficiency in writing Node applications and scaling them to support thousands of users and millions of events
  • Knowledge of database internal implementation, particularly SQL planning and optimization
  • Knowledge of performance optimization, parallelization, and distributed systems
  • Experience with authentication and authorization schemes, building your own solutions and/or leveraging SSO.
  • Significant Experience with Schema Design and Query Optimization
  • Excellent command of Javascript or Coffeescript
  • Experience with Go, Rust or Scala ok (we're not currently using these but bonus points for experience)

Markforged values the differences among our employees and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. These differences include but are not limited to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. This goal emphasizes the development of inclusive work environments that capitalize on each employee’s skills, experience, and unique perspectives as we strive to achieve an unparalleled standard of excellence.
To all recruitment agencies: Markforged does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias or Markforged employees. Markforged is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472

An Insider's view of Markforged

What are some social events your company does?

Our office has periodic happy hours and company offsite parties, as well as a weekly all-hands meeting where different teams present and lunch is served.

Daniel

Content Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

Every day for me is a little different. Typically, I'd start the day by checking on the results of some multi-day experiments or pull parts out of experimental furnace runs for our metal system. Later in the day, I'd kick off the next set of experiments, which could be something like a regular print or a special furnace run.

Michelle

Materials R&D Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started at Markforged on the Solutions team. After taking the initiative to learn, attend trade shows, and help with training sessions, the growth of the applications team allowed me to graduate to the role of an Application Engineer. Markforged has continuously allowed me to use my increasing expertise and skill set to grow my career.

Michelle

Application Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Business Ops is responsible for the systems architecture, processes, and data that will allow Markforged to scale efficiently. We start every morning with team stand-up. We cover sales, channel, marketing, and office ops - so we communicate often to stay coordinated in Markforged’s fast paced environment.

Hoppy

Vice President, Business Operations

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Making sure that as we scale we are still moving quickly. We have grown a lot, and I think the real complication is that we now have a lot of legacy products. The most important thing is that we never stop supporting customers and those products. You can't forget about your last printer while you're working on your new one.

Julie

Director, Product Management

What are Markforged Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Markforged provides up to 12 weeks of parental leave to eligible employees.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Markforged has a take what you need vacation policy.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
We have a conference room named "Smash" with plenty of controllers - and ping pong tables in both offices.
Stocked Kitchen
Snacks, hot and cold coffee, gourmet tea selection, soda, Soylent, Chobani yogurt, string cheese, fruit and veggies!
Some Meals Provided
Markforged provides free catered lunch every Tuesday.
Happy Hours
Monthly New Hire happy hours and weekly Friday happy hours.
Parking
Free, dedicated employee parking lots.
Fitness Subsidies
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