Software Engineer - Infrastructure

We’re seeking an experienced software engineer to design, build and maintain scalable, distributed systems that power Nextdoor's neighborhood communication platform. You will work with cross-functional teams to translate product requirements into elegantly designed backend services that scale gracefully as our service grows. You will be responsible for designing and scaling interfaces, data stores, and backend services that power our iOS, Android and HTML5 frontends. You are passionate about building clean APIs for fellow engineers, writing crisp design documentation, and building, debugging and maintaining highly available distributed systems. You value software quality and have experience writing test suites that ensure bullet-proof correctness. You should also have experience building tools and automation that can aid in programmer productivity and work to eliminate downtime in both the system and the development process.


  • BS, MS or PhD in Computer Science (or another related field) with specific interest in systems engineering; 2+ years industry experience preferred
  • Proven entrepreneurial spirit and experience as a self-starter - ideally at your own business or on your own side projects
  • Experience working on high-performance technical teams and software engineering projects
  • Strong fundamental understanding of data structures and algorithms
  • Extensive experience in one or more of the following languages: Go, Python, Java or C++ (Go/Python preferred)
  • Experience designing, building and debugging distributed systems
  • Experience architecting and deploying distributed systems on the Amazon AWS EC2 platform
  • Familiarity with software engineering best practices (e.g., design patterns, peer code reviews, unit testing)
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Experience writing technical specifications and design documents
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Strong desire to learn about new technologies and systems
  • Want to work in San Francisco - we can help you relocate if necessary


  • The opportunity to work with a collaborative and entrepreneurial team on a powerful mission to change the world, one neighborhood at a time
  • 100% company-paid health insurance premiums (medical, dental and vision) for you and your family
  • Paid vacation and company holidays
  • 401K plan
  • Meaningful equity for all employees
  • Commuter benefits through Clipper card
  • Free catered dinners during the week, Monday through Thursday
  • Fully stocked kitchens with drinks, snacks and candy
  • La Marzocco espresso machine with Blue Bottle coffee
  • Vibrant downtown San Francisco location near Union Square
  • The option of an adjustable standing desk
  • Shiny Apple products and a free smartphone on your start date

To learn more, check out our engineering blog at https://engblog.nextdoor.com. 

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