Backend Engineer Job Description Template

Job Description

We're looking for a backend engineer to join our team. As a backend engineer, you will work on a variety of projects, interacting with different teams.

You will build, maintain, and extend our features, APIs, and the test suite. You should be comfortable tackling difficult problems and moving in a fast-paced environment.


  • Build and extend our backend code
  • Build APIs that serve our frontend apps as well as other clients
  • Benchmark and improve performance
  • Maintain and extend our test suite
  • Refactor and improve existing code to incorporate better patterns
  • Document and write about your work


While these requirements are a guideline, feel free to apply even if you don't meet some of these.

  • 2+ years' experience working on backend applications
  • In-depth understanding of a backend language (like Ruby, Java, or Python)
  • Great understanding of databases and SQL
  • Great understanding of what makes good software: problem solving, testing, good patterns, etc.
  • Basic understanding of high-level programming paradigms (OOP, functional programming, etc.)
  • Basic understanding of REST APIs and services
  • Basic understanding of UNIX