Senior Backend Developer

Canada, Remote
Development /
Full-time /
Northern Labs is on a mission to lower the barrier to entrepreneurship in Canada and help companies grow to massive scale. As a Venture Studio, we use our deep technology expertise, capital and vast network to assist founders in turning ideas into viable companies. In addition, we partner with top tier venture backed startups to build out highly scalable, enterprise grade products and platforms. 
We specialize in Blockchain, Fintech, Marketplaces, Analytics and Gaming and bring the expertise from building and scaling some of the best companies in the portfolios of Sequoia, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, GGV Capital and Altos Ventures.

We are seeking talented backend developers to join our growing team. As a backend developer at Northern Labs, you will be working in close collaboration with web and blockchain development teams to create scalable cloud solutions with ledger technologies and web products. Our dApps division is focused on building secure decentralized mobile & web products. We need driven individuals who are ready to take on difficult challenges in frontier technologies.


    • Design, develop, and maintain high quality backend services that interact with blockchain technologies.
    • Collaborate with internal and external product and design teams to implement scalable and secure backend services.
    • Work with other backend engineers to solve difficult problems across multiple services and products.
    • Aid in the design, architecture, and implementation of complex REST, RPC, and GraphQL APIs for highly intuitive web services.
    • Work with technical leaders to design high traffic web and mobile applications from the ground up, through all aspects of the project lifecycle.
    • Collaborate with colleagues to maintain high code quality through code reviews, technical feedback cycles, unit testing and architectural audits.


    • Demonstrated knowledge of software development tools and processes relevant to one of the following languages: Java, C#, Elixir, Erlang, Go, Rust or Ruby on Rails.
    • Willing to learn Elixir and/or Go on the job.
    • Proven experience with performance troubleshooting and optimization.
    • Practical experience with and a strong understanding of data storage methods and building intuitive interfaces to access them (SQL, noSQL, Redis, etc.).
    • Ambition, eagerness to learn, a positive attitude, and the ability to work within a team environment.
    • Passion for making excellent products in real world conditions.
    • Fluent with testing methodology and practices
    • 4+ years experience working on web-api development projects.
    • Experience designing and evolving APIs for live products.
    • Solid knowledge of Patterns and Practices for API security.
    • Excellent problem solving skills and ability to communicate complex ideas to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong competence of version control systems and industry standard workflows (GitFlow, GitHub Flow, etc.).
    • Familiarity with development environment best practices.
    • Solid understanding of core internet protocols (HTTP1, HTTP/2, DNS)
    • At least a bachelor degree in computer science, or a related field of study.


    • 2 or more years experience in a senior software development role.
    • Fluent knowledge of Elixir, Go or Rust.
    • Design and architecture of cloud-based applications.
    • Experience developing or designing distributed technologies and managing distributed systems.
    • Experience with known blockchain technologies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.).
    • Experience with financial systems or other highly secure services.
    • Experience communicating with remote teams.
    • Unix/Linux development environment experience.
    • Hands on experience with Docker and Docker compose