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About the Job

Back End Engineers work on building and upgrading services in our distributed systems. In addition to building services, there is a strong focus on resilience and performance, requiring profiling and tuning of algorithms, database queries, and inter-service communication, as well as load testing and benchmarking. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating closely with other Back End Engineers on the feasibility, design, analysis, and scaling of back end services
  • Understanding and mitigating the potential pitfalls of a distributed architecture
  • Building tools for other team members to administer and orchestrate the deployment and management of service-based data


About You

You are a motivated and hard-working problem solver. You have a proven track record of delivering high-quality results, especially in a fast-paced environment. You have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of data structures and algorithms, and a strong ability to identify the trade-offs between multiple solutions. Most importantly, you want to be a part of something big that helps millions of people, and you want to have fun doing it. Technical essentials include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience with one or more general purpose programming languages including but not limited to: C/C++, C#, Go, Java or Python
  • Experience working in a formal development environment (version control, code review, documentation, unit testing)
  • Excellent communication skills, including giving and receiving constructive criticism

Principals Only.  No recruiters or agencies, please. 

Niche will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship now or in the future for this opening.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, salaried position with competitive compensation and benefits including 20 paid days off per year, paid time off for volunteering, paid parental leave, stock options, SIMPLE IRA, and a comprehensive health plan, including vision and dental, provided at no cost to the employee. We’ve been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Southwestern PA by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Niche is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Working at Niche

Niche is a small team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’re a unique blend of data scientists, engineers, parents, and “yinzers” who are looking for exceptional talent to grow our company. Read more about Niche and check out our team page.

We believe people’s lives are made better by having the right resources to inform their biggest life decisions. Your ideas and work will make an immediate impact on our company and millions of users.

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