Senior Software Developer, Backend (Core Platform, Assessments)

3+ months agoRemote
Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 92 million registered learners as of Sept. 30, 2021. Coursera partners with over 250 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including Guided Projects, courses, Specializations, certificates, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in many high-demand fields, including data science, technology, and business. Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021.

The Core Platform Assessments team owns a broad range of product functionalities in Coursera’s two-sided content platform providing a scalable authoring platform, learner-facing experience, grading, progress tracking, and academic integrity features serving 87+ million learners. We leverage the experience and data we have to enable instructors to create engaging content for learners at scale while upholding a high level of academic integrity.
We are looking for a creative, collaborative, technically strong engineer to help deliver high-quality and scalable functionalities to improve our assessment products. In addition to the technical implementations, this role will also play an integral part in defining our future roadmap in academic integrity and assignment grading features as we look to incorporate more automated data-driven solutions. Our ideal candidate has a strong track record of delivering high quality end-to-end product experiences including design, implementation, testing, and deployment of these experiences in collaboration with cross-functional teams and is constantly looking to grow their skillset. It is also crucial that a candidate is impact-driven and shares our passion for education.
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Your responsibilities:

  • Design and implement scalable systems and infrastructures
  • Design and develop APIs powering user-facing product features
  • Participate in and lead architectural designs of critical components owned by the team that impacts multiple business lines
  • Continuous improvement of foundational components in the dimensions of configurability and quality
  • Measure your work thoroughly, analyze results, to drive new product changes through A/B testing
  • Set up monitoring and testing of your APIs and services to better understand real time health of your products
  • Build and maintain interfaces where the model predictions and decisions are served to production
  • Collaborate with our data scientists and data engineering on bringing ML applications to production

Your skills:

  • 5+ years of experience working in a relevant product software engineering role
  • Expertise in designing highly-scalable and performant micro-services and storage layers using common frameworks, languages, and cloud infrastructure (e.g. Java, Play/Scala, MySql, NoSQL, Elastic Search, Kafka)
  • Experience in contributing to or leading large projects with cross-functional stakeholders and end-to-end product development lifecycle
  • Data-driven and strongly motivated by success and learnings through experiments and metrics analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of machine learning algorithms
  • Industry experience building and productionizing data pipelines and/or machine learning systems
  • Data-driven and strongly motivated by success and learnings through experiments and metrics analysis
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to execute
  • Comfortable working in a fast-moving team environment (we deploy many times a day!)

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