Back End Engineer



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, June 2, 2023

Back End Engineer

About Us

Roon was founded by an interdisciplinary team of scientists, doctors, patients, caregivers, designers, engineers, product managers and content producers. We aspire to be the place where all people experiencing challenging health conditions go to find information, community and support. We are starting by helping people navigating Glioblastoma. We believe in the transformative power of community and social connection to shape health outcomes — all experiences we create deepen human connection. Everything we do starts with a deep understanding of patient and caregiver needs. And everything we create combines medical expertise with the lived experiences of patients and caregivers. We are patients and caregivers building for patients and caregivers.
We are backed by an incredible group of venture firms (First Mark Capital, Sequoia Capital, Maveron, TMV, SV Angel, and M13) and entrepreneurs who have built health and tech companies that reach millions of people.
If you want to be part of the early team that gets to re-shape health at this pivotal moment in history, come join us! We are looking for mission-driven engineers to join our team.

Who You Are

We’re looking for a senior back end engineer, with all the equity and responsibility that this adventure entails. If Python is your happy place, and middleware like Django is your sweet spot, we want to hear from you! You'll be a lead on our team.
You are experienced. You’ve definitely seen a product through from conception to shipping (the fabled “0 to 1 phase”), and have about 5+ years of experience. You’ve written code that ships in multiple products, and you get just about every part of how to stand up an application with real users on a cloud platform backend. You think fast, using a mix of data and instinct. We’d consider it a bonus if you’ve had experience in the health sector, but that isn’t a prerequisite. Your passion for a challenge in this space is.
You have a bias towards action. You favor practical choices, speed, and have a respect for prioritization. You’re able to focus on things that matter, and also to push back on things that don’t. You respect deadlines, and hold yourself and others accountable to them. You can’t wait to ship things.
You enjoy your work, particularly the thrill of an early stage ride. This position comes with the ability to shape direction and help thousands of people. You have strong opinions on when to introduce data layer caching, and why some querysets are unbearably slow. You’re scrappy and entrepreneurial. You love what you do, and act like an owner.
You’re mission driven and empathetic. You love to rally a team behind a common vision of what the world could be like. More importantly, you care about people, and think products should show people how much the team that built them cares. You lead with head and heart.
And lastly, you’re curious. You love to learn. You’re an information sponge, and have a lifelong curiosity about many things, particularly health care and the intersection of health and technology.

What You’ll Do

Work with our CTO on overall application architecture. We use PostgreSQL, Python (Django Rest Framework), and the Google Cloud Platform (specifically, Google Cloud Run) to bring our application to life. Amongst other things, we’re going to build a search engine for patients and caregivers, within a deeply empathetic app that “understands” what our caregivers and patients are going through. We’re also building tools for medical professionals to answer commonly asked questions.

What we’re looking for:

Really strong Python experience. You'll be a lead engineer on our team. You get that there’s something beautiful about clean readable code. You know exactly when to *args and when to **kwargs when defining new constructs.
Experience with the Django framework. We use models and views on top of PostgresQL, an architecture you’ve seen before.
Deep knowledge of a cloud platform and all the tools that come out of the box (so 5+ years of Google Cloud Platform or AWS experience is what we’re looking for).
Some experience with Docker or Kubernetes. We use container-based workflows in our system, and we intend to evolve these over time.
A deep understanding of “API-led” or “service oriented” architectures, using a JSON + REST design. Useful work here would be using Flask + Python to design APIs, or the Django Rest Framework.
Comfort and experience (5+ years worth) with data stuff: SQL solutions (Postgres interfaces), and Bigtable, or Hadoop/Hive.
Deep knowledge of application security best practices.
Product and design sense. We are building for a population navigating difficult conditions, so ensuring that our product is intuitive, accessible, and empathetic every step of the way is imperative. Engineers work closely with product and design - collaborating, ideating and even challenging the team if something doesn’t fall in line with our patient & caregiver first approach.

What Will Working for Roon Be Like?

You'll receive competitive and transparent pay and equity. And if you happen to live in NYC or SF, where the cost of living is generally higher, we'll make pay adjustments accordingly. Did we mention you’ll be working with a neurosurgeon on work that matters from wherever you’d like to be working from? You can come and visit New York City, where we're based, whenever you want.


Fill out the form or email below! If it’s a good fit our CTO will reach out to you.