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Senior Backend Engineer


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Papa’s mission is to support families throughout the aging journey. Every day 11,000 people in the United States turn 65. Loneliness is a disease and Social Determinants of Health have huge impacts on people’s lives. The Papa team and our tens of thousands of Papa Pals are here to provide companionship, support, and care to millions of families. Backed by amazing partners, Papa has raised over $31M in funding. Our investors include Canaan, Comcast Ventures, Pivotal Ventures (Melinda Gates’ fund), Initialized Capital, Sound Ventures (Ashton Kutcher’s fund), YCombinator, Operator Partners, and Magnify Ventures.

Papa, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We proudly support the ParityPledge® for gender and/or racial parity at the highest levels of business.

About the Role:

Papa is seeking a senior backend engineer to join our international engineering team. We're spread out all across the US, Brazil, and the Philippines. You'll join a fast-paced team that has the personal freedom and safety to execute with the directive: "Do what's best for the company". You will play a central role in scaling our backend services to handle hundreds of thousands of Papa visits daily, mobile applications, and internal admin tools. All speaking to our Elixir Graphql API. We are data-driven and use metrics and logs to determine the impact and what parts need to scale first. Excellent communication skills are required because we are all fully-remote.

The individual in this position is responsible for:

  • Scaling our Elixir monolith.
  • Work on our Phoenix Framework graphql API.
  • Performance tune database queries to squeeze out every bit of performance possible.
  • Create GraphQL endpoints that our frontend and mobile teams can consume.
  • Work with our lead engineer to improve the impact of our datadog dashboards and make them even more useful.
  • Participate in architecture decisions and decide how to implement the future of Papa Tech.


  • Minimum of 3 years experience writing Elixir code
  • Minimum of 6 years experience writing code in any other language.
  • A mindset of 'our code' not 'my code'. At Papa, code belongs to
    everyone, we don’t point fingers at people, we correct the process.
  • Experience writing and scaling Phoenix Framework applications, and GraphQL APIs.
  • Experience with performance tuning Postgresql databases.
  • Experience with performance tuning Elixir applications.
  • Experience working remotely. It’s not for everyone, and we need
    someone who has the personal responsibility to properly manage their
    energy and commitment.


  • Experienced with AWS and Kubernetes
  • Experienced with Erlang and BEAM VM.
  • Experienced in machine learning basics

Salary & Benefits:

  • Market competitive salary
  • Stock options
  • Health Insurance & PTO
  • An environment of trust and personal accountability
  • In-house engineering talks
  • The opportunity to work with cutting edge technology in a fast-paced environment.


  • Miami, FL / Remote

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August 18th, 2021

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January 18th, 2021

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Papa is the first and only on-demand assistance service to help seniors with transportation, house needs, technology, and an amazing social experience. With Papa our members can access Papa Pals, our f...
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