Software Engineer, Full Stack (Ruby on Rails)

  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Turnitin is a global SaaS company dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and research and supporting the development of original thinking skills. As the academic and research landscape evolves, Turnitin stays ahead of trends through advancements in technology and deep partnerships with education leaders, institutions, and practitioners. Turnitin’s content databases — built over 20 years — provide an unparalleled repository of 1+ billion student papers, best-in-class scholarly content from top publishers in every major discipline and in dozens of languages, and 70+ billion current and archived web pages. We promote honesty, consistency, and fairness across all assignment types and subject areas so that educators can help students 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

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