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TED Conferences

Backend Engineer

4 months

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Backend Engineer

Location: Remote Type: Full Time


TED stages conferences and produces video media that it brings to millions of people around the world, through web media and other platforms. As a Back-End Engineer, you will be responsible for the backend systems that power our user-facing experiences that power a lasting archive of ideas. You will work directly with experience designers and product owners to take new features from conception to production.


  • 5+ years Ruby on Rails experience, including gem development or rails engines
  • 8+ years overall professional experience in software development
  • Experienced in relational and document-based databases
  • Strong focus on code-quality, documentation, test-driven development, performance, scalability, monitoring, and readability
  • Able to debug and test problems through complex interconnected HTTP based services.
  • Experienced with Devops technologies including Docker/AWS
  • Curious and knowledgeable about web technologies and frameworks.
  • Able to refactor legacy projects in addition to greenfield development
  • Strong ownership of work with the ability to drive projects from inception through to completion, balancing doing it right and doing it fast
  • Values cross-functional collaboration and a diverse workplace
  • Familiarity with git, version control, and Unix/Linux command line best practices
  • Experienced in building APIs for internal and public consumption, JSON:API or GraphQL a plus.
  • Some experience with Javascript backend technology: Express/Node a plus
  • Some experience in Javascript, CSS, HTML, and related Web APIs a plus


  • Analyze user requirements and design solutions for new features
  • Design tools and libraries that will be used by other back-end engineers and company-wide
  • Manage and monitor back-end testing, performance, and code quality
  • Influence and guide the direction of our products and back-end technology
  • Experiment with new technologies and share discoveries with the team
  • Foster growth and support other back-end engineers through constructive, collaborative code reviews
  • Clearly communicate technical constraints and opportunities with stakeholders
  • Willingness to contribute however possible to ensure overall effectiveness of position
  • Other duties and special projects as may be assigned from time to time
  • Travel: Upon request / as needed


  • Full health benefits (medical, dental, vision) 100% paid by TED for employees
  • Paid family leave
  • Work-life balance encouraged (TED closes for a 2-week summer break and 1-week winter break plus you're eligible for additional paid time off)
  • Free OneMedical and SpringHealth membership for you and your dependents to address physical and mental well-being
  • 401k with match

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