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Senior Software Engineer, Search Team (Full- Stack)
Remote, United States

Job Title

Senior Software Engineer, Search Team (Full- Stack)

Job Description

The Role

We are welcoming a Senior Software Engineer (Full-Stack) to be part of our dedicated Search team. As a full-stack software engineer at ITHAKA, you’ll have an opportunity to contribute to high-impact products that help make education accessible for everyone. As a valued member of the Search team, your primary focus will be refining the search and discovery experience for all JSTOR users.

Why Join Us?

Autonomy: Empowerment to choose the best tools and languages to solve problems.

Continuous deployment: Contribute to a streamlined development process through automated continuous delivery pipeline.

Impact: Directly contribute to products reaching millions of users.

Open source contribution: Opportunities to give back to the community.

Tech blog: Explore more about what we do through our blog.


  • Telecommuting is OK
  • No Agencies Please



As a Senior Software Engineer (Full-Stack) on our Search team, you will:

  • Collaborate with Product Manager, Designer, User Researcher, Agile Delivery Lead, Data Scientists, Metadata Librarians, and Engineering team members to explore, shape, and develop new Search & Discover product experiences from ideation to implementation at scale.
  • Design, develop, and maintain large-scale distributed software services and solutions that are secure, reliable, scalable, and maintainable in a CI/CD environment.
  • Engage with stakeholders to understand their needs and deliver sustainable solutions.
  • Utilize web analytics to inform product discovery and measure key performance indicators.
  • Optimize application performance using APM tools.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to team members.
  • Advocate for the adoption of innovative technologies and methodologies.
  • Contribute to assessment of risk factors, cost-effectiveness, resource allocation, and other considerations essential for supporting technology enhancements.
  • Provide reliable, responsive support and incident resolutions during on-call shifts (PagerDuty).

Experience and Skills

  • 5+ years of professional experience as a full-stack software engineer building large-scale, distributed web applications using AWS cloud infrastructure services.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in JavaScript/TypeScript (React, Vue, Angular, Node.js) and Python (Django, FastAPI).
  • Hands-on experience with REST or GraphQL APIs, version control systems (GitHub/GitLab), and testing frameworks (JUnit, Jest, pytest, Playwright), along with a commitment to test-driven development (TDD) practices.
  • Proficiency in using dependency management and project build tools like Maven, NPM/Yarn, Webpack, or bundler.
  • Experience with containerization (Docker, Kubernetes) and cloud infrastructure (AWS, GCP).
  • Exceptional communication skills and a commitment to continuous improvement.

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Proficiency in using profiling tools (Graphite, Grafana, Prometheus, AppDynamics) for performance optimization.
  • Experience with cache management, content delivery, and edge application security using CDNs (Fastly, CloudFront).
  • Experience with data modeling in relational and NoSQL databases (PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, DynamoDB).
  • Experience in securing large-scale applications against vulnerability exploits.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and coach engineers, fostering both technical and interpersonal development.
  • Interest or experience in generative AI, search/information retrieval systems, and machine learning (LangChain, OpenAI).
  • You’re not expected to be an expert in every technology listed. Accomplished tech professionals have diverse experiences and can acquire new skills. We value your passion for continuous improvement and your ability to optimize for clarity, reliability, and performance. You will explore new technologies with our support through onboarding, mentorship, and continuous learning.

Work Authorization and Sponsorship

ITHAKA is not currently considering candidates who require any type of immigration sponsorship (additional work authorization or permanent work authorization) now or in the future to work in the United States.

Compensation and Benefits

At ITHAKA we believe in openness and equity. Part of living those values is our commitment to clarity about salary ranges, so candidates know what to expect. The starting salary for this position ranges from $108,000 – $135,455 per year. Starting pay may vary with job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. At present, our total compensation package for benefits-eligible employees includes medical, dental, and vision plans, an employer-paid 10% retirement contribution, paid parental and caregiver leave, 22 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, up to 12 sick days, wellness benefits, and more. Please note that ITHAKA, at its discretion, may make changes to its benefits programs from time to time.

About the Company

ITHAKA’s mission is to expand access to knowledge and education around the world. Our services — Artstor, JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R — enable people everywhere to learn, to grow, and to overcome historical barriers to education. In carrying out our mission, as employees we feel a deep responsibility to each other and our well-being, and are committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

Contact Info

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