Software Engineer, Full Stack Web & Backend

Episode is a mobile animated interactive storytelling network and marketplace created by Pocket Gems, a leading mobile entertainment and games company. Episode empowers storytellers to create mobile-first stories, aiming to define storytelling for the 2+ billion people on mobile with stories that are part TV, novel, movie, and mobile game. Since launching in 2014, readers have read over 2 billion episodes and over 4 million storytellers have signed up to create their own stories, including award-winning screenwriters and published novelists. Episode also partners with major studios and industry stars to create stories such as Mean Girls: Senior Year and Demi Lovato: Path to Fame.

You will rapidly prototype new systems and features using web technology.  This includes engineering new, production-facing competitive player vs. player events.  Using web technology enables the team to independently operate on an iterative, fast-paced release schedule.  This ability gives our creations an outsized impact on players’ engagement, and is a crucial part of our development process and live operations team.  You will also develop backend features to support the web applications you build.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and code innovative, scalable and robust features on both the backend and web application layers

  • Prototype new systems and features

  • Collaborate closely in small, nimble, cross-functional teams with product managers, artists and designers

  • Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from ideation to specification to release



  • BA/BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

  • Strong competencies in data structures, algorithms, software design and OOP

  • Passionate about core games and web technology

  • 3+ years work experience, including relevant experience building complex web applications

  • Experience mentoring junior engineers

  • Experience with Node.js and client-side frameworks such as AngularJS is a plus

Pocket Gems offers top-notch benefits, including a Premiere PPO health plan. We cover 100% of the cost of employees’ Medical, Dental and Vision premiums (and 75% of the cost for their dependents), as well as short and long-term disability, and life insurance. We also offer flex spending & dependent care accounts, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 401(k) plan. Pocket Gems is located in beautiful downtown San Francisco, one block North of the Montgomery Street BART station. 

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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