Backend Developer (Remote)

The Backend Developer collaborates with a distributed team to build tools that enable annotation over the open web.


Hypothesis is seeking a Backend Developer to join our Engineering team. Our vision is a world where annotation is as common as comments, but more useful and engaging. Join us as we extend what the web can do.

About the team

Hypothesis is a small non-profit with big aspirations. We work with online publishers, educators, journalists, and scientists to unlock new capabilities and workflows on the web.

We are a diverse, supportive, highly collaborative, 100% remote team of technologists, educators, scientists, and business people working together to bring new capabilities to the web. We code in the open (our repos are public and liberally licensed) and help drive standards for annotation. We communicate via Slack, video chat, GitHub, and Google Docs across 9 time zones.

About the role

In this role, you will help build systems and APIs to support annotation of web pages and other media. You will focus on solving for user needs by contributing across the stack, but with an emphasis on backend systems, services, and APIs. Our team is small, so flexibility is an asset.

The following is a sampling of the technologies we currently use (if you’re already familiar, great, but please don’t take these as pre-requisites):

  • Python, Pyramid, PostgreSQL
  • AWS, Elasticsearch
  • AngularJS, Babel, ES6

About you

You are someone who loves problem solving. You value simplicity over complexity. You have built web-based applications, systems, and services. You love writing code that is reliable and scalable. You find happiness in documenting your work so 6-months-from-now you can drop back in and understand it.

You will be successful at Hypothesis if you:

  • Love learning new things,
  • Are committed to improving both as a technologist and a human being,
  • Are tenacious, self-directed, and highly motivated,
  • Enjoy helping others around you grow as developers and be successful,
  • Communicate clearly and effectively (this is especially important in a remote organization), and
  • Approach your work with a mindset that allows for growth and change.

What’s next

Does this sound interesting? Drop us a line to tell us what about this role intrigues you and why you think you would be great for Hypothesis. Resumes are helpful, but so are examples of your recent work. We can’t wait to hear from you!

How to apply

If you want to apply or ask questions before applying, please contact us at

Hypothesis is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, veteran status, or disability. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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Posted: Jan. 31, 2018

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