Senior Backend Engineer (Node.js/GraphQL/PostgreSQL) (Remote) at Unusual Ventures

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About Contra
Contra is a professional network for the independent digital workforce. Digital professionals use Contra to create stunning visual profiles, earn money commission-free, and build high-quality professional communities and referral networks. Contra was started by a group of independents who were tired of existing professional networks that are blind to the needs of digital professionals. We’re creating a new way to work for the independent digital workforce.


About the team
You will be joining a remote-first team of backend engineers working primarily with Node.js, GraphQL, and PostgreSQL. You will be designing database schema and building GraphQL API for a rapidly growing professional network.

This is a highly demanding role at a very fast-growing startup, working in a team of highly-accomplished, yet humble team who deeply care about the mission of the company. If you ever wanted to work on a rocketship, this is as close as it gets. 🚀

Video from Gajus, CTO

How you’ll add value at Contra:

  • Develop enterprise-scale backend services using cutting edge technologies
  • Write professional-quality, clean and testable TypeScript code
  • Transform business requirements into relational database structures and GraphQL schemas
  • Craft readable, performant and scalable SQL queries
  • Collaborate with the rest of the team through planning, code reviews and regular communication

You'll be successful here if you:

  • Carefully plan your work and build for the future
  • Deliver transparent, honest, and direct feedback to your peers on an early-stage product
  • Enjoy participating in all parts of the product process, not just coding
  • Thrive in a remote-first environment
  • Are fluent in verbal and written English

Our stack:

  • Typescript
  • Backend: NodeJS, GraphQL, GraphQL Helix, Redis, PostgreSQL
  • DevOps: Gitlab CI/CD, ArgoCD, Kubernetes
  • Frontend: React, Suspense, & Relay

How Contra can add value for you:

  • Remote-first culture
  • Healthcare for employees
  • Well-funded company built to scale
  • Competitive salary + equity
  • Generous vacation policy + paid holidays off
  • Flexible parental leave
  • Flexibility to choose employee or contractor status
  • Team retreat post-COVID
  • No Meeting Wednesdays
  • Half day every third Friday of the month
  • A custom slack emoji, just for you

Our interview process:

  • Complete a self-assessment form (10-15 minutes)
  • Non-technical (introduction & culture) interview (30-45 minutes)
  • Technical interview with CTO (30-45 minutes)
  • Technical interview with Backend Lead Engineer (30-45 minutes)
  • You will receive the final answer from Contra no later than 48 hours after your final interview.

Learn more about Contra:

  • https://contra.com/
  • https://www.tiktok.com/@contrahq (our target audience is Gen Z)
  • https://twitter.com/contrahq
  • https://twitter.com/_benhq (our Co-Founder, CEO)
  • https://twitter.com/kuizinas, https://github.com/gajus (our Co-Founder, CTO)

More Information on Unusual Ventures
Unusual Ventures operates in the Angel or VC Firm industry. The company is located in Menlo Park, CA. Unusual Ventures was founded in 2018. It has 32 total employees. To see all 18 open jobs at Unusual Ventures, click here.
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