Senior Python Engineer, Scientific American

at Springer Science & Business Media LLC
Published February 7, 2024
Location New York, NY
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


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Job Title: Senior Python Engineer, Scientific American

Location: New York City or Washington, D.C. (Hybrid Working Model)

Scientific American is at a pivotal moment and preparing to launch the next generation of our web platform, and we're looking for a pragmatic and experienced Senior Python Engineer to architect and build big ideas.

The Senior Python Engineer will help build out our new platform, and lead projects critical to SciAm's growth. This will include:

Creating Django and other Python applications (and smaller supporting services) to power our editorial and ecommerce operations.

APIs, feeds, and other integrations supporting a Distributed Frontend and third party services.

Collaborating with Data Engineers on ambitious projects to drive engagement.

Creating internal power-tools for editors and stakeholders.

Helping to shape our standards for best practices around testing, code quality, and sustainability

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and product-minded engineer who thrives on simplifying hard problems and empowering other engineers.


Build fast, reliable and secure applications, REST APIs, and services that can stand the test of time.

Provide and support technical leadership within the team, including through cross-training, coaching, and code review.

Lead the technical effort on ambitious projects and iterate on the problem space over time.

Work closely with product managers and technical leadership to shape and execute on practical solutions to complex problems.

Create systems that integrate well with others, including distributed frontends, data collection and personalization.

Mentor and cross-train other engineers as the team grows.

Model best practices in documentation and testing.

Additional responsibilities as needed.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

Demonstrable, multi-year experience in Python, as well as Django or similar web frameworks. (6+ years or equivalent.)

Experience with task queues, microservices, caching, and other common techniques found in complex web applications.

Experience working in Docker, Github Actions, or AWS, or eager to learn.

Experience with Postgres or similar.

Excellent technical judgement and a predilection towards simplicity and approachability.

Experience maintaining web applications with high traffic levels.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, comfortable collaborating with other engineers and nontechnical stakeholders alike.

Experience building fast and easy to use internal tools is always a plus.

Past experience in news media, publishing, or ecommerce would be a huge plus


Springer Nature US provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes the benefit offerings listed below:

* Medical, Dental and Vision
* 401(k) with company match and contribution
* Hybrid office working policy, Summer Hours, and paid time off
* Flexible Spending and Commuter programs
* Multiple Life insurance options
* Disability coverage
* Tuition Assistance
* Voluntary benefits: Identity Theft Protection, Pet Insurance, and Legal Assistance Insurance
* Employee Assistance Program
* Family friendly benefits and a variety of employee discounts
* An array of Employee Social Networks

US Annualized Base Salary Range: $130,000 - $147,000. The salary offer may vary based on work experience, education, skill level and equity. The US salary range does not align with the salary ranges in other countries when converted to the currency of that country.

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