Learning Engines Architect

San Francisco/Remote, CA /
Engineering /
About Brilliant

Brilliant is a tight-knit team of scientists, educators, engineers, designers, storytellers, and illustrators who are redesigning education at scale. 

We believe that math and science are fascinating and beautiful, but that the tools widely used to teach it are dry and ineffective. Brilliant makes learning STEM fun, through problem solving and interactive explorations – from foundational math and science to cutting-edge computer science and professional topics.

Brilliant helps over 9 million students, professionals, and lifelong learners around the world cultivate problem solving skills, build intuition, and master concepts rather than memorize them. To understand more about our approach, see our learning principles.

You can see all open roles and learn more about our team culture on our Careers page.

Application Note

We're always excited to welcome and encourage anyone from non-traditional backgrounds to apply, so please, don't sweat the requirements lists too much! It's important to note that including a cover letter which details your interest in Brilliant and why you feel you'd be a great fit for this position will be required to be considered.

The Role

As a Learning Engines Architect, you will improve the way people learn STEM online for decades to come. You will work to understand, project the outcomes of, and recommend changes to the technology that enables an entirely new way of teaching STEM to a broad range of learners, a new way of authoring content and interactive learning interfaces, and the bridge that connects our authors and Creative Technologists to our users. You will explore a new frontier in interactive learning technology that could shift the industry standards for online education.

You’ll work closely with Engineering Managers, Tech Leads, Product Managers, Creative Technologists and engineers to nurture the technology and patterns used to create a world-class learning experience for our users and maintainable, flexible architecture to support our content creators.

Interactive education is in its infancy; we have really only scratched the surface of what is possible with computer-based pedagogy. Our work helps people across Brilliant teach topics from vector calculus to neural networks in an interactive way. Come build the future of interactive learning with us!

Your Responsibilities

    • Gain a deep understanding of the technologies we use to provide our users and content creators a world-class experience
    • Identify problems, evaluate options, and create solutions that improve maintainability, flexibility, and productivity in our software
    • Produce assets (proofs of concept, specs, RFCs, diagrams, etc.) which can generate enthusiastic alignment among stakeholders
    • Drive technical discussions that evaluate the cost and value of decisions to be made
    • Document the decisions made, the patterns to be used, and guide training on the implementation of new technical decisions
    • Follow up on technical decisions made to analyze what improvements have been made and what still needs to be accomplished
    • Develop great working relationships with stakeholders across disciplines
    • Coach and inspire other engineers that desire to progress in their career as a technical leader

Who are you?

    • You greatly enjoy working on both organizational and technical problems
    • You have at least 5 years experience leading, designing and implementing software applications
    • You have seen large technical projects to completion from the identification and research stage to deployment
    • You are comfortable switching contexts between languages, frameworks and paradigms
    • You capable of outlining understandable architectural decisions to technical and non-technical stakeholders
    • You are experienced in understanding existing codebases and reviewing changes to those systems
    • You have a personal understanding of “what good looks like” in engineering
    • You have experience evaluating and communicating the tradeoffs that come with large software systems
Our Engineering Team

Our engineers are extraordinary programmers without big egos. We love to share knowledge and support each other. We work together as an interdependent team to accomplish a common goal, and we know how to get things done. We maintain high personal standards, and possess an ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge.

Why join Brilliant? 

Brilliant has a mission you can get behind. We’re a company that’s helping to bring learners from all over the world together and create a platform on which they can excel, learn, and contribute. 

We also offer:
•   Competitive compensation
•   Medical, dental, and vision benefits – we pay 100% of the premiums
•   Equipment budget for computer and peripherals
•   Free lunch
•   Weekly happy hour
•   Flexible vacation time
•   Fully-stocked pantry and refrigerator with snacks and drinks
•   Sponsorship for conferences and professional development
•   A stimulating work environment and a chance to change the world  

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