Software Engineer, Full Stack (Ruby on Rails)

Company: Turnitin
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Type: Full-time
Posted: 30.MAR.2021
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Company Description When you join Turnitin, you'll be welcomed into a company that is a recognized innovator in the global education space....


Company Description

When you join Turnitin, you'll be welcomed into a company that is a recognized innovator in the global education space. You'll join our diverse community of colleagues who are all unified by a shared desire to make a difference in education. So come join us and begin the most gratifying next chapter of your career.

For more than 20 years, Turnitin has partnered with educational institutions to promote honesty, consistency, and fairness across all subject areas and assessment types. Our products are used by educational institutions and certification and licensing programs to uphold integrity and increase learning performance, and by students and professionals to do their best, original work.

Job Description

Turnitin is looking for an experienced full-stack software engineer to help us expand and scale the Gradescope assessment platform. This is a high-impact role in which you'll collaborate cross-functionally with the Engineering, Product, and Quality Assurance, and Support teams to implement end-to-end solutions for Gradescope's rapidly growing user base.

We're a small, collaborative engineering team who are passionate about improving assessment in higher education. We care deeply about our users and work proactively to make and keep them happy. We iterate often and wear multiple hats, always striving to deliver new value for our users. We take pride in building reliable, high-quality software that provides an intuitive and delightful user experience.

Gradescope is an online assessment platform that enables instructors to grade everything in one place, including paper-based exams, online homework, and programming projects. We use cutting-edge technology and features like flexible auto graders and AI-assisted answer grouping to make grading faster and more equitable. Gradescope was founded in 2014 at UC-Berkeley and joined Turnitin via an acquisition in October 2018.

What you'll do:

  • Build new features and improve existing features on the Gradescope assessment platform
  • Work with our product and support teams, as well as directly with our customers, to understand users' needs
  • Own the full software development lifecycle from design to release
  • Break down high-level projects into user stories and deliverables
  • Write readable, testable, maintainable code


Who we're looking for:

  • You're product-minded, user-focused, and detail-oriented.
  • You can work well in a small, cross-functional team, and communicate effectively with different business functions. You're also able to work independently and make decisions with minimal supervision.
  • You love to experiment and solve problems. You're happy to question assumptions and to back your recommendations with well-formulated, data-driven analysis.
  • You're empathetic toward our users and your teammates. We've worked hard to create an inclusive and supportive team culture, and we're excited to keep improving it.
  • You welcome feedback and are always looking to learn and grow.

Essential Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge/Experience:

  • At least two years of professional software development experience in Ruby on Rails
  • Experience in at least one modern JavaScript framework (we use React)
  • Production experience with relational databases and SQL (we use PostgreSQL)
  • Experience using distributed source control platforms (we use git and GitHub)
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate cross-functionally

Preferred Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge/Experience:
  • Experience with mobile development, particularly in React Native
  • Experience with data processing or analysis
  • Experience writing unit and integration tests
  • Familiarity with using Docker and AWS in development and deployment contexts

Education: BA/BS in Computer Science or related field

Additional Information

Our Mission is to ensure the integrity of global education and meaningfully improve learning outcomes.

Our Values underpin everything we do.

  • Customer Centric - We realize our mission to ensure integrity and improve learning outcomes by putting educators and learners at the center of everything we do.
  • Passion for Learning - We seek out teammates that are constantly learning and growing and build a workplace which enables them to do so.
  • Integrity - We believe integrity is the heartbeat of Turnitin. It shapes our products, the way we treat each other, and how we work with our customers and vendors.
  • Action & Ownership - We have a bias toward action and empower teammates to make decisions.
  • One Team - We strive to break down silos, collaborate effectively, and celebrate each other's successes.
  • Global Mindset - We respect local cultures and embrace diversity. We think globally and act locally to maximize our impact on education.

Seeing Beyond the Job Ad

At Turnitin, we recognize it's unrealistic for candidates to fulfill 100% of the criteria in a job ad. We encourage you to apply if you meet the majority of the requirements because we know that skills evolve over time. If you're willing to learn and evolve alongside us, join our team!

Turnitin, LLC is committed to the policy that all persons have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and the LGBTQ+ community, regardless of age, gender, religion, marital or veterans status.

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