Senior Software Engineer — Back End

United States
Engineering /
Full Time /
At Foundation, we are laying the groundwork for web3—the next generation of the internet full of limitless possibilities. In web3, your creativity is valued and your digital objects belong to you. We aim to put power directly back into the hands of those who create online. Why? We believe this is how the internet should just work. Our team is made up of individuals who share that vision. Together, we’re unlocking the full potential of an internet based on new values of ownership and decentralization.

Our mission is to build the most powerful tools for the most creative people in the world. Everything from the smart contracts powering Foundation, to the design that our community interacts with daily, takes into consideration how our collective actions impact people. New technology requires creativity, and web3 is uncharted. Foundation leads. Come join us.

The Team
As a Senior Software Engineer - Backend, you’ll join the Engineering team at an exciting inflection point in Foundation’s growth. In partnership with our fellow engineers, Backend Engineers act as the glue between our application and infrastructure layers. They develop scalable, reliable, and fast server infrastructure that power delightful product experiences. You'll be joining a full stack engineering team where you'll bring your expertise in modern front end languages and frameworks to continue to elevate Foundation as a premiere user experience in Web3.

The Role:

    • Ship features: You’ll work with product managers, infrastructure engineers, and frontend engineers to build infrastructure that unlocks new features.
    • Nurture code: You’ll contribute high quality and maintainable code as you build features, and iteratively prune and simplify our code base as it evolves.
    • Build and scale server infrastructure: you’ll build, maintain, and scale server infrastructure that empowers frontend engineers to build and iterate on features quickly and safely.
    • Optimize production systems: You’ll help measure and optimize performance, reliability, and security KPIs for server and database infrastructure. You’ll participate in on-call rotations to ensure timely response to outages and vulnerabilities disclosures across production infrastructure.

Who You Are:

    • Technology: You have strong proficiency in at least one part of the stack and are fluent in multiple others. You understand how various parts of the stack interact with each other. You ship well tested, well structured, and maintainable code to our code base with no guidance.
    • Systems: You own one or more aspects of a production system and are responsible for its KPIs and SLAs. You include error reporting, logging, monitoring, and alerting as part of feature development. You coordinate small to medium production releases without compromising the security, reliability, and performance of our systems.
    • People: You proactively support other engineers in their work. You help others improve their tech, systems, or process proficiency through presentations, office hours, or informal mentorship.
    • Process: You’re an active participant in team processes and help improve those process with actionable feedback. You own or are in a rotation to drive on one or more of these processes.
    • Influence: You are responsible for medium to large features and ship those features on time and according to spec with no guidance. You can break features down into small to medium units of work for other engineers to work on. You clearly and proactively communicate progress, blockers, and decisions with engineers, product managers, and designers on your feature team. You are relied on to drive impact for one or more systems on your feature team.


    • 5-6 years of experience building server infrastructure for consumer applications
    • 3-5 years of experience building services on top of RDBMS like Postgres
    • Experience with the Python stack
    • Experience building GraphQL server endpoints
    • Familiarity with cloud providers like AWS
    • Experience with NoSQL databases like ElasticSearch
    • Preferred Experience with infra-as-code tooling like Terraform
    • Preferred Experience interacting with the web3 stack
$165,000 - $180,000 a year
Benefits and Support
• A culture that values inclusivity
• Flexible paid time off
• Annual team offsite
• All of the tech you need to be successful 
• A home office stipend
• Robust medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents, including a zero cost option (for countries that provide government-sponsored health insurance, we offer a monthly stipend towards private health insurance)
• 6 weeks of baby bonding time for all new parents, as well as 6 weeks of paid leave for birth giving parents
• Access to Talkspace confidential online therapy and One Medical on-demand primary care
• Get paid in crypto or fiat
• Employer sponsored 401K

Our Values
Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity, and welcome people from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, perspectives, experiences, and skill sets. As part of our commitment to equality, we work to ensure a fair and consistent interview process, and continue to promote an inclusive work environment.

We believe that a diverse team composed of individuals with different perspectives, lived experiences, and identities is essential to achieving our mission and upending old models of selling and sharing art. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are accommodated in the job application and interview process, and in the performance of essential job functions.