Backend Engineer - App Store

London, England, United Kingdom · Engineering

Description

Who We Are

New Vector is the open source software development startup which employs the core team behind Matrix.org – the leading project for secure open decentralised communication. Matrix’s mission is to create a universal open network and protocol for real-time communication. New Vector builds flagship apps for Matrix such as Riot.im as well as contributing to the core Matrix open source clients, SDKs, servers, bridges and the protocol itself.

We believe that the future of the internet should be decentralised and open, that previously siloed communications platforms should be interoperable and that individuals should control their own data and choose who they share it with.

Ultimately, our aim is to make it as simple to message or video call anyone in the world as it is to send them an email.

Our products are for everyone and we know we cannot succeed without a diverse team. Our hiring process is designed to be humane and give candidates the best possible chance to show us what you can do. If we ever fall down on this, please let us know.


The Role

At its heart Matrix is about supporting collaboration and communities through its clients, such as Riot.im. The richer the environment we create, the more value we provide to our users. To support this end we are building out app store store support so that anyone can create, distribute and monetise their apps through the Matrix ecosystem.

The app store project, codenamed Scalar, is very much in its infancy. So this role is an opportunity to work on something rapidly evolving that has the potential to have enormous impact on the Matrix ecosystem.

Example projects include:

Since almost everything we do is open source you can get a good feel for exactly what it would be like to work on these projects, and similarly joining dev-centric channels such as #matrix-dev:matrix.org provides a window into the core team and the community. Come and say hi!

We have multiple backend positions open at a range of experience levels. If you are junior, we'll hire for potential, if you are senior we'll place value in your experience to date.

Requirements

About you

The most important thing is that you believe passionately in the mission of decentralisation of the internet. More specifically that you believe that communications should not be centralised in the hands of a small number of very large organisations and instead individuals should control their own data and choose who they share it with.

Additionally, we are looking for someone who:

Your experience

We don’t have hard requirements for the role, we just want to build the best possible team, but as a bonus it would be great if some of the following are true.

If you have any questions before making an application reach out to Neil (@neilj:matrix.org) via https://riot.im/app/

Benefits

Our general approach is to treat people like adults and acknowledge that by being flexible we create an environment for people to do their best work. For more details here is our manifesto. That said specific points that differentiate us.

New Vector does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, colour, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

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