Senior Software Engineer
The vast majority of human knowledge is still not on the internet. Most of it is trapped in the form of experience in people's heads, or buried in books and papers that only experts can access. More than a billion people use the internet, yet only a tiny fraction contribute their knowledge to it. We want to democratize access to knowledge of all kinds — from politics to painting, cooking to coding, etymology to experiences — so if someone out there knows something, anyone else can learn it. Our mission is to share and grow the world's knowledge, and we're building a world-class team to help us achieve this mission.
About the Team:
Every day, millions of people seek answers and share their knowledge through Quora. To foster this marketplace of knowledge, we need to build systems that make sharing knowledge rewarding and discovering it easy; that show you answers to questions you didn't know you had, on topics you didn't know you liked, and that scale to support the participation of the entire planet.
The Product Engineering teams focus on growth, engagement, and activation. This work includes how we distribute content to the right people, how we curate content on Quora, and how we engage new users, writers, and readers. This also includes defining, shaping, and changing the fundamental dynamics of Quora, to create a compelling and cohesive experience for users to share and grow knowledge.
About the Role:
Full-stack product engineers work closely with cross-functional members to drive product decisions, designs, and implementations. We strive to build scalable, reliable, user-friendly, and highly personalized products for our 300 million+ monthly unique visitors on Quora.
- Work on a product team focused on core product mechanics, Quora Spaces, growth, and/or user engagement
- Design and implement product features at massive scale with data-driven iteration
- Drive projects from ideation to production using the full technology stack
- Work with designers, product managers, fellow engineers, and data scientists to prototype and implement functionality and analyze impact
- Ability to be available for meetings and impromptu communication during Quora's "coordination hours" (Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm Pacific Time). Learn why here
- 5+ years of professional software development experience building user-facing consumer products
- 3+ years of professional experience with backend storage systems such as MySQL, HBase, or Redis
- Excellent coding skills with proficiency in any programming language (e.g. Python, C++, Java, etc.)
- Ability to think holistically about a complex, social product, and map big picture metrics to a realistic, actionable plan
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to seamlessly interact with technical/non-technical audiences
- 1+ years of experience building software using open-source data infrastructure technologies, such as Kafka, Airflow, and Spark
- 1+ years of experience using GraphQL
- 1+ years professional experience with React and TypeScript
- Passion for experimentation and new ideas
- Love of learning and the Quora product