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Senior Software Engineer (Backend)

We are looking for an experienced backend engineer who is able to wear many hats and dive into any project that doesn’t require CSS! Interested in helping us inspire people to cook better, cook more often, and have more fun doing it? Read on.


Born of a love of cooking, ChefSteps is a smart kitchen product company building tools to help people cook more, have more fun cooking, and get incredible results every time. In 2016 we launched Joule, the smartest, smallest, and most powerful sous vide tool on the market. Controlled by a smartphone or tablet (plus Amazon Alexa and Facebook Messenger), Joule has been used to cook more than 1 million meals—and counting—and is sold at, Sur La Table, and the ChefSteps website. We are currently hard at work on new products, features, and services that will prove integral to the kitchen of the future.

What you’ll do:

  • Work closely with firmware and mobile engineers
  • Design clean, fault-tolerant systems and help define new features for Joule
  • Scale out our cloud infrastructure to handle an ever-growing number of concurrent users and devices
  • Help wrangle our website, app, and device telemetry data so it can be easily used by data scientists and mathematicians
  • Requirements:
  • You write clean, reusable, well-tested code and have strong CS fundamentals
  • You have a good understanding of network protocols, the OSI model, and how different protocols fit together
  • You have 3+ years of industry experience
  • You are able to architect a system involving heterogeneous clients and asynchronous workers; you should be able to thoughtfully explain the trade-offs of your architecture
  • You know how to both prototype rapidly and then turn prototypes into production-ready code
  • ​Bonus points:
  • Experience on hardware or firmware projects
  • Experience building data pipelines


  • Full health coverage, plus dental and eye insurance
  • Competitive salary, plus annual adjustments and ownership in the form of shares and/or options
  • Incredible parties, trips, happy hours, and more—many of us come from a hospitality background, and we like to do it up right
  • Dog-friendly office environment
  • DIY vacation and sick-day policy
  • So much good food and really great free coffee
  • Downtown Seattle location (in the heart of Pike Place Market)
  • Design your own workstation—we encourage employees to request the equipment they need to do the best work possible
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