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Sr. Software Engineer, Core Systems
San Francisco, CA

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Job Description

Sr. Software Engineer, Core Systems

Engineering at 2U is fast paced, innovative and full of people passionate about delivering on the promise of higher education via technology. We're growing rapidly and are seeking collaborative and results-driven individuals to join us. In return, we can offer you a fun learning environment where your skills, experience and creativity will make a material impact on the company's success and its overall mission. Your tenure at 2U will be a highlight of your career.

We strive for our teams to be cross-functional, self-organizing and autonomous. You'll be working directly with product managers and business analysts in a highly collaborative manner.

About The Role

We are looking for a collaborative and results-driven software engineer with experience in agile techniques.

Above all, you care about delivering quality software in a sustainable and timely manner and about software craftsmanship. You have experience in, and passion for, high-quality, maintainable code that confers low operating costs, high change velocity and is a point of professional pride for you and the team.

You are a competent maker, able to:

* Write maintainable high-performance code
* Refactor to keep code maintainable
* Conduct exploratory and automated testing
* Debug complex problems under time constraints
* Lead technical design of applications and participate in larger system design efforts
* Provide technical guidance and feedback to other team-members

You are experienced in:

* Running deployment software to put code on production
* Planning and estimating development tasks and short-term projects
* Relating your project deliverables to products you are building and strategy behind them
* Advocating for end user needs in software you are building
* Collaborating with product team (product managers, business analysts) to define and refine requirements

Over time, we expect engineers in this role to grow by learning and practicing the following skills:

* Participating in application and system level technical design
* Conducting technical interviews
* Participating in planning staffing needs on your team
* Metrics driven software development

This role reports to the Director of Engineering for the Core Systems team.

About The Team

The Core Systems team builds and maintains products that meet the needs of common patterns underlying 2U's user-facing platform with the goal of sustainability, reliability, and reducing total cost of ownership. Many of the team's direct customers are product managers and engineers at 2U.

We are looking for experience with the following:

* Amazon Web Services (AWS)
* Web frameworks like Tornado (Python), Phoenix (Elixir), or Hapi.js (Node.js)
* Databases and key value stores like MySQL, MongoDB, or Redis
* Distributed streaming platforms like Kafka or AWS Kinesis
* Docker container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes or Mesos
* Monitoring and alerting tools like Grafana and Sensu


* React, Angular 1.5, Webpack
* Relational databases (like PostgreSQL, MySQL)
* Key Value stores (like Redis)
* AWS services: AWS Lambda, Aurora, Elasticache, RDS, and other AWS services

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

We believe there should be no back row in higher education. For more than a decade, 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology, has been improving lives by powering the world's best digital education. As a trusted partner and brand steward of great universities, we build, deliver, and support online graduate programs and certificates for working adults. Our industry-leading short courses, offered by GetSmarter®, are designed to equip lifelong learners with in-demand career skills. To learn more about 2U and No Back Row®, visit

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At 2U, we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture that embodies diverse walks of life, ideas, genders, ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities and other unique qualities of our employees. We strive to offer a workplace where every employee feels empowered by the ways in which we are different, as well as the ways in which we are the same.

Why It's Great to Work at 2U

2U offers a high-energy work environment that's both challenging and fun. We work hard, but our offices are casual and social places. We wear jeans to work and fuel brainstorming sessions with snacks and seltzer.


2U offers a comprehensive benefits package:

* Medical, dental, and vision coverage
* Life insurance, disability and 401(k)
* Unlimited snacks and drinks
* Tuition reimbursement program
* Generous paid leave policies including a PTO allowance for your vacation, personal, or sick days
* Additional time off benefits include:
* time off to volunteer for non-profit organizations
* parental leave after 12 months of employment
* holidays that include a winter break from Christmas through New Year and more!

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans' status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U's equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits, pay and dismissal.

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