Full Stack Software Engineer wanted. Remote work. Flexible hours. Industry-competitive pay. Six-month engagement with a leading academic nonprofit research institution. When successful, the project will advance academic collaboration across both the global north and global south.

Position Background:

Over the last 38 years, the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) has developed a unique reputation within academia for our ability to blend unyielding intellectual rigor with a maverick disregard for disciplinary boundaries. Rolling Stone magazine has called us, “[A] Justice League of renegade geeks, where teams of scientists from disparate fields study the Big Questions.” Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Cormac McCarthy’s comments on SFI can be found here. SFI is an independent non-profit (501.c.3) research institute. Our science is powered by 12 resident faculty4 fractal faculty18 resident fellows, and over 110 external faculty. Through our Miller Scholars Program we also engage with novelists, science fiction writers, and biographers. Working through the lens of complexity science, SFI has made major contributions to fields as varied as network science, economics, physics, computational modeling, scaling theory, collective intelligence, and many others.

The pandemic lockdowns spurred a wave of experiments using web-based technologies to convene members of our geographically dispersed community. We have since launched a technology development project to solidify the insights of those experiments. Called the Arch, this project leverages open-source software packages to optimize customization while minimizing maintenance and scratch development. In addition to facilitating connections within our existing community of thinkers, SFI plans to use this software to offer new engagement opportunities to thinkers across the global south.

Your Role and Responsibilities:

You will be part of a team whose mission is to prototype, test, and release new technologies to improve research and collaboration for a global community of academic researchers. As a Full Stack Software Engineer, you will participate in building a large-scale React application with high standards of code quality. You will collaborate with the SFI Arch team, a multi-disciplinary team of developers, designers, stakeholders, and researchers, to bring new application features to life. If you are self-motivated, curious, and love to code, this is an excellent opportunity to contribute to ongoing innovative development initiatives.

This position will be 100% remote and asynchronous across the continental US. This role will require good self-management, as working hours may not overlap with the main team in New Mexico, USA. We use Slack and Zoom for team communication.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise:

  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with attention towards software maintainability.
  • 2+ years’ experience in full stack software development, or equivalent training.
  • Ability to communicate ideas well in a team setting.
  • Proficiency in JavaScript and TypeScript.
  • Experience with Docker, Git, and VS Code Tooling
  • Experience with the Redux state management library.
  • Experience with the GraphQL API protocol.
  • Experience in an iterative agile development environment.
  • Proficiency using the React frontend framework and the Node.js ecosystem.
  • Adaptability to new projects and ways of working.
  • Ability to break down complex features into minimal viable products.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise:

  • Web Sockets and streaming media expertise will be beneficial
  • Development in a Linux environment

Extra Consideration for Candidates with Experience in:

  • Jitsi Video Player API/SDK Implementations
  • Matrix Chat Service Protocol/SDK
  • Authentication and Authorization (OAuth& Ory)
  • Experience with the Hasura backend server
  • Experience designing and implementing CI/CD Pipelines


All applications received by Friday, January 27th will receive a full review. 

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