Software Engineer - Systems

If you describe yourself as “reactionary,” this is not the job for you. On the other hand, if you love to explore the capabilities and constraints of new technologies, find the “right tool for the job,” and have a knack for identifying the root of potential problems long before they actually impact development, then we want to meet you. The Systems team at Nextdoor is responsible for seeing and building for the future of our infrastructure. This team pays close attention to how we build, what we build and things that stand in the way of us properly building and scaling the Nextdoor platform. In this role you’ll be part of the team that helps Nextdoor stay ahead of the curve: you’ll build tools and automation that aid in programmer productivity and you’ll also be responsible for the research behind the future of our development process. Sound interesting? Apply here.

About you:

  • 3-4+ years industry experience; BS, MS or PhD in Computer Science (or another related field) is 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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