Senior Software Engineer, Backend



Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Friday, December 1, 2023

When hiring, we look for candidates who can thrive in our culture of trust, feedback, and rapid growth. We believe that diversity and inclusivity are essential to our success, and we provide equal employment opportunities regardless of background or identity. Our opportunities support remote, hybrid, or onsite work at our offices in New York City, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley, and we're dedicated to creating an environment where all employees can do their best work and contribute to the growth of our platform.

We are looking for the core architect and lead engineer on OpenSea v2.0 — making key recommendations and decisions on technology choices, event driven patterns, service topology, and overall design philosophy.


  • Form, communicate, and execute on a technical vision for the next generation of OpenSea’s architecture that leverages highly scalable and event-driven patterns

  • Write reliable, low latency marketplace infrastructure software that will eventually process billions of dollars a day worth of transaction volume, including highly performant blockchain indexing systems, order management systems at scale, and REST & Websocket API endpoints

  • Raise the bar for internal understanding of best practices in building highly performant & event-driven systems with “live” characteristics

  • Mentor and train other team members and act as an internal thought leader and agitator for architectural rigor and cleanliness

Desired Experience

  • At least 6 years of experience as a software engineer, 1+ of which should have been in a low-latency retail crypto exchange

  • Strong fluency in event-driven system design patterns, leveraging technologies such as Kafka, Flink, and Debezium, as well as distributed systems more generally

  • Strong fluency in at least one of the following languages: Kotlin/Java, Typescript, Go

  • Strong fluency and opinionation in database choice and schema design for highly performant and scalable applications

  • Familiarity with common architectural patterns in financial exchanges, including sequencer architectures, matching engines, and order books

  • Blockchain or smart contract experience

If you don't think you meet all of the criteria below but still are interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box, and we're looking for someone excited to join the team.

The base salary for this full-time position, which spans across multiple internal levels depending on qualifications, ranges between $215,000 - $340,000 plus benefits & equity.