Github has changed the way software is builtWhile github-the-product must deliver immediate value to software engineers, we also have a unique opportunity to look farther ahead and identify how to make software development faster, safer, easier, and more accessible.
This is the mission of github nextWe research the current state of software engineering to understand what can be improved, and illustrate the future through working prototypesWe’re looking for talented polymaths to join us!
You’ll work with a small team of researchers to explore the future of software development in order to guide github’s product and engineering decision-makingYour north star is ensuring that github remains at the heart of software developmentYour secondary goal is to project github’s technical prowess — our published work should be inspirational, insightful, and informative to developers everywhere.
Please note that this is not an academic research roleOur job is to build prototypes.
Research engineers conduct investigations and build prototypesWith few constraints on our solution space, our hardest task is scoping our research so that we are able to produce impactful resultsWe will have an order of magnitude more ideas than we are able to pursue; choosing wisely is part of the job.
The domains of exploration are varied and will require an ability to understand, investigate, and implement prototypes across a wide range of technologies.
We do not operate on production github systems in the normal course of our work; our focus is on innovation and velocityIf we do our jobs well, we provide a map of the territory that de-risks engineering projectsFrom time to time, we may be called upon to investigate specific, high-priority topics.
These are the general qualities that candidates must possess in order to succeed in this role.
Comfortable identifying and justifying research goals in situations of ambiguity, and executing towards those goals without explicit direction.
Finds ways to build prototypes that clearly articulate a thesis to othersAble to prototype quickly and evaluate ideas strategically.
Is an effective and inclusive communicator, comfortable with remote communication practicesNext’s currency is ideas; the health of our team, our execution, and our results rests on our ability to communicate well.
Able to collaborate with members of next and the broader github engineering community to identify fruitful areas of investigation, inform next’s point of view on issues/opportunities, and define projects to enhance our understanding of these topics.
Comfortable managing interactions with stakeholders around timelines and milestonesProactive, consistent communications are key to our working relationships, and a good guardrail against rabbit-holes.
Have significant experience writing and shipping softwareThis is a senior engineering role! that said, we are not primarily looking for raw coding abilityExperience is about more than your ability to write code and debate the finer points of $language_feature.
Are a generalist with some areas of deeper knowledgeHybrids will feel at home on this teamWe will also consider candidates who have specialised in a relevant field.
These are more specific abilities we’re looking for, but it is the rare human who possesses them allThink of this as a descriptive sketch, not a checklist of requirementsBe comfortable applying even if you don’t have all of them.
A deep understanding of github’s industry and business context, and the ability to be articulate about topics related to our product and audience.
Has held roles that deal with topics at the boundary of human knowledge regarding software development and developers.
A demonstrated ability to ship software using a variety of technology stacksYou are comfortable reading source codeYou are comfortable picking up new technology stacks in the normal course of work.
Have significant experience with one or more frontend technologiesWe currently default to typescript and react for the web, but “whatever helps us ship” is the top concern.
Have significant experience with one or more backend technologies: server-side environments, compute, datastores, networking, infrastructure, devops, security.
Have significant experience with open-source software, communities, and the systems that these communities use to self-organize and ship software for others to use.
Have significant experience operating production systems at a nontrivial scale, and are familiar with the common patterns and pitfalls of that work.
Have significant experience in another area of computing that is relevant to our missionHuman-computer interaction, distributed systems, $yourthing.
Who we are:
Github is the developer companyWe make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologiesWe foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.
Customer obsessed - trust by default - ship to learn - own the outcome - growth mindset - global product, global team - anything is possible - practice kindness
Why you should join:
At github, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (hubbers) to do the best work of their livesWe`ve designed one of the coolest workspaces in san francisco (hq), where many hubbers work, snack, and create dailyThe rest of our hubbers work remotely around the globeCheck out an updated list of where we can hire here: https://github.com/about/careers/remote
We are also committed to keeping hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creativeWe`ve designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mindIn a nutshell, we`ve built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.
Github is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestylesWe embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of lifeWe don`t discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differencesAlso, if you have a disability, please let us know if there`s any way we can make the interview process better for you; we`re happy to accommodate!
Please note that benefits vary by countryIf you have any questions, please don`t hesitate to ask your talent partner.
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