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Senior - Staff Backend Engineer


1 year ago

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At Linear, we are creating a new standard for modern software development. We are building the tools that empower the next generation of high-impact companies to do their best work. Linear’s project management software is designed based on the practices and processes that distinguish world-class product teams from the rest: relentless focus, fast execution, and a commitment to the quality of craft.  

Founded in 2019, Linear has become the default tool of choice for high-performance teams to build their products. Set up as a fully remote company from the start. Our team is distributed across a variety of countries across the US, Latin America, and Europe. No matter where we come from, we are makers at our core. We love picking up new challenges and care deeply about the quality of our work.

As a small team, we’re all generalists and constantly picking up new challenges. When it comes to code, we’re looking to work with experienced people who can pick a problem and solve it. We use TypeScript and build scalable systems so we can continuously make progress on a solid foundation. We don’t expect you to have a background in everything we use, but we do expect strong JavaScript fundamentals and experience building scalable infrastructure and backend solutions.

Please note: We are an equal-opportunity employer and remote-only company. At this time, we can support hiring within the US and most EU time zones. 

What you'll do

  • Build the backend for various user-facing features

  • Optimize real-time, synchronized data delivery across our clients

  • Improve database and infrastructure performance by implementing caching solutions, connection pooling and

  • Improve observability, monitoring, and alerting for our service so that we can better respond to operational incidents

  • Scale our service via architectural changes as well as infrastructure improvements

  • Open-source any non-trivial innovations that come out of our work on the product

  • Redefine best-in-class software development processes so that we can build an opinionated product


  • Node, Postgres, and Redis

  • Public GraphQL API that has access to all of the user's data

  • Proprietary data synchronization library built for speed and offline support. Delta-packets are transported using WebSockets

  • TypeORM, TypeGraphQL

  • Hosted on Google Cloud with k8s

  • Monitored via DataDog

  • GitHub, Slack, Notion

What we offer

  • Interesting and challenging work 

  • Work-life balance

  • Competitive salary and equity

  • Employee-friendly equity terms (early exercise, extended exercise)

  • Stipend to set up your home office

  • Paid lunch and coffee during workdays

  • Work remotely, no commuting to the office

  • Paid co-working space/desk at an office

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance (US)

  • Regular team events and offsites

  • 5 weeks of paid vacation

  • 4 months of paid parental leave

Learn more about the technology behind our data syncing engine from a talk by our co-founder Tuomas.


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