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Junior Backend Engineer

- Closed -

San Francisco (Hybrid)


This is a paid position. Compensation will be disclosed by the company after applying.

About Company:

Uphold is now the fastest-growing private company in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Business Times Fast Track 100, 2022. Uphold is pursuing a mission to democratize investments and payments for people and companies worldwide. Founded in 2014, the Silicon Valley company today has more than 8 million customers in over 150 countries with an impressive 50x increase in Mobile App downloads during the first quarter of 2020. A bridge between the old and new money systems, Uphold allows people to buy, exchange and send more than 100 currencies, cryptocurrencies, precious metals, and equities instantly. An engineering-led company with a social inclusion agenda, Uphold provides a stimulating and challenging home for the brightest and best talent.

Job Description:

We are looking for a Junior Backend Engineer to join our Engineering team. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity where you’ll get to focus on building and improving our consumer and business APIs and the many microservices powering our web and mobile applications. You will be designing and building services with three core principles in mind: maintainability, performance, and security. If you are excited about high-availability requirements, scalability problems, automated workflows, infrastructure orchestration, queueing systems, APIs and protocols like GraphQL and gRPC, Uphold is the place for you! This is a hybrid position.


  • Building the most powerful, easy to use payment platform in the world.

  • Delivering new features and enhancements to our platform.

  • Working closely with the Frontend and Mobile Engineering teams to integrate frontend UI.

  • Collaborating with product managers, designers, engineers and other project stakeholders throughout the software development life cycle (planning, design, implementation, deployment and support).

  • Helping the team keep up-to-date with the tech stack ecosystem.

  • Writing high quality code with performance and scalability in mind.


  • BS or advanced degree in Computer Science or equivalent.

  • Spent lots of quality time coding, deeply learning the powerful idioms and important idiosyncrasies of multiple programming languages and their ecosystems. We like to code mostly in JavaScript (node.js), Python, Golang and C/C++.

  • Strong understanding of relational (preferably PostgreSQL) and/or non-relational databases (e.g. Redis).

  • Strong understanding of web semantics.

  • Knowledge of revision control systems.

  • Basic knowledge of standard development pipelines, including build and other automation tools.

  • Excellent communication skills and a team player with the ability to work in cross-functional teams, and with a great attitude.

  • Fluent written and oral English skills.

  • Bonus: Experience in developing APIs for other products you’ve worked on.

  • Bonus: Developing software interacting with message queues (e.g. Kafka, NSQ, Pulsar or RabbitMQ).

  • Bonus: Experience in integrating APIs from other services providers.

  • Bonus: Proven record of having worked with performance budgets.

  • Bonus: Fluency in cryptocurrencies or other digital assets as they are core to our business.

  • Bonus: Community talks, certifications, and/or blog posts on your interests and research.

  • Bonus: Open source project contributions of any kind, such as tools developed to solve specific problems you’ve had or fixing issues on existing projects.

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