The Robot Co-op

Seeking: Front-End Focused Software Developer

June 25, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Robot Co-op is looking for a front-end focused Software Development Engineer who can drive the future of our web apps.

The Robot Co-op is a small software company located in Seattle, WA. In 2004, we created the Webby Award winning website Today, over 2 Million people have made a list of their goals on our site and shared it with the world.

How work gets done at the Robot Co-op.  - photo by Jason Sutter

How work gets done at the Robot Co-op. - photo by Jason Sutter

The Robot Co-op has a history of technical innovation: five years ago we were one of the first commercial sites to use Ruby/Rails, we use external APIs like Amazon’s EC2, SimpleDB, S3, and Mechanical Turk to run our sites, and we’ve incorporated Facebook Connect and iPhone Apps into our web applications. We need you to push us further.

We offer great compensation and benefits and a very flexible work environment that prioritizes personal development and happiness over the drudge work of many desk jobs.

Required Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years professional software development experience in XHTML, CSS, Javascript, AJAX, and expertise in Javascript libraries like prototype.js
  • Ruby on Rails expertise, 3 years professional experience desired
  • Experience with developing browser-independent web apps used by the public
  • Ability to collaborate with team members to produce page designs in CSS
  • Familiar with Unix-based server environments
  • Comfortable working in a loose, non-dogmatic, agile development environment

Desired Skills:

  • Focus on writing maintainable code and automated tests
  • Familiar with SQL, query optimization, and database tuning (especially in MySQL)
  • Comfortable with OO design and data modeling
  • Experience developing and consuming web-based APIs
  • Excited about iPhone Apps, FacebookConnect, Amazon Web Services, and other emerging technologies


  • Knowledge of Flash/ActionScript

While all the acronyms matter, a personality fit is also important. We work closely together, brainstorm projects and solutions as a team, and we do a lot of talking about ideas and technologies. We will consider remote candidates but require a trial contract to make sure things work well for both parties. Relocating candidates are also welcome and we can help with relocation expenses. Sorry, we have no H1-B Visas.

To start the conversation, send us a well crafted cover letter/email along with a relevant resume.


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