Software Engineer, Server


Canada / Illinois, US / New York, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 01/10/2021
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 1500 Broadway #300, Oakland, CA, 94612

About VSCO

VSCO is a creative channel. We build creative tools, spaces and connections driven by self-expression.

Job Description

You will build tools that push the limits of what we can do with photos and video on mobile. You are motivated by having a direct impact on the expression and education of millions of global creators, and will help them invest in themselves with intention. There is no higher order than an exceptional product. Clean code is implied.

The VSCO server team is responsible for building and maintaining backend services and systems that enable creative expression across VSCO creation tools and the VSCO community. We work with product management, designers, data science and leadership teams to create compelling new experiences across all of VSCO. Our engineering team manages 100+ Go services and workers running on Kubernetes and gRPC that support millions of users; and our engineers specialize in running high-throughput, reliable services.


The day-to-day

  • Design and build highly-scaled backend services and systems
  • Building functionalities for features such as feed, image and video serving, notifications, messaging, ML recommendation serving, and more. 
  • Work with other engineers on the team to solve difficult and exciting distributed system design and implementation problems
  • Collaborate across engineering/product/design/marketing to deliver and launch projects
  • Identify and fix issues to improve scalability, performance and simplicity of our systems


  • BS in Computer Science or similar technical field, or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years experience developing backend systems
  • Strong software engineering best practices (e.g. coding, unit testing, code reviews, design documentation)
  • Solid understanding of CS fundamentals
  • You like to solve hard problems, are eager to learn new things, communicate clearly and love to work in a collaborative environment

Nice to have

  • You have experience with highly-scaled distributed systems
  • You have a deep appreciation for photography and the visual arts

Nice to have

  • Passion for beautiful, responsive, and functional design
  • Experience with image processing frameworks
  • Expertise collaborating closely with designers and product managers
  • Familiarity with photo and video in the mobile space

About VSCO

VSCO is a photo company. We build creative tools and a community driven by self-expression. Our mission is to equip, educate, and inspire anyone on the journey towards realizing their creative potential.


Job Perks

Equity, health, vision and dental insurance for families, and a flexible vacation policy. 




Creative Freedom

We value the creative process and our employees’ opinions — input is encouraged, regardless of your position or title. We want to work with people who are driven and demonstrate initiative in taking our mission to the next level.


The Working Life

At VSCO, everyone works hard but also takes the time to enjoy life outside of the office. Balance is important to us.


It Won’t Be Boring

Try new things. Think outside the box. We celebrate an environment that fights stagnation and challenges the status quo.


Interested in this position?

Tell us why you want to work at VSCO and what we should know about you.


VSCO believes in building a safe place for creative expression and celebrating that which makes us human, welcoming unique and personal backgrounds and experiences. We’re proud to foster diverse perspectives within VSCO as we continue to build an inclusive culture.

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