Backend Engineer

Engineering · Boston, Massachusetts
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Remote Backend Engineer


About Uphold

Uphold is an easy-to-use investments and payments app. Specialising in digital assets, we serve more than 7 million customers in 150 countries. We open around 15,000 accounts a day and provide consumers with a more versatile and cost-effective home for their daily financial lives. For businesses, we provide regulated infrastructure to connect crypto with fiat currencies. Today, we support 51 digital assets, 28 national currencies, four precious metals and fractional U.S. equities. 


Uphold’s unique trading experience - ‘Anything-to-Anything’ - allows customers to trade directly between any supported asset or currency in one step - physical gold to Bitcoin, for example - saving both time and money. Uphold supports financial inclusion by enabling customers virtually anywhere to open an account in less than 5 minutes and to invest with no minimum amounts. Customers can send money to virtually anyone with an email address free of charge. 


We stand by the idea that ‘source code is a liability, not an asset’, so we do our best to keep things simple, readable, and less complex to manage. We work collaboratively with a shared code ownership mindset to design and implement complex technical projects, balancing speed with quality, learning from our past mistakes, and allowing everyone time to take the challenge they see fit. 


To learn more, please visit https://uphold.com


The opportunity: 

Uphold is looking for a Backend Engineer to join our Engineering Team remotely. 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!


What you’ll be doing primarily:

  • 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.

Required qualifications:

  • BS or advanced degree in Computer Science or equivalent.
  • Two or more years working as a Backend Engineer
  • 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 if you have:

  • Experience in developing APIs for other products you’ve worked on.
  • Developing software interacting with message queues (e.g., Kafka, NSQ, Pulsar, or RabbitMQ).
  • Experience in integrating APIs from other service providers.
  • Proven record of having worked with performance budgets. 
  • Fluency in cryptocurrencies or other digital assets as they are core to our business.
  • Community talks, certifications, and/or blog posts on your interests and research.
  • Open source project contributions of any kind, such as tools developed to solve specific problems you’ve had or fixing issues on existing projects.


If this job isn’t exactly what you are looking for, visit our careers page to check out all our exciting opportunities.  


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  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Department
    Engineering
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced