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Senior Backend Engineer at Shape (ShapeScale)

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: San Francisco, California

Job Description:

Shape is a startup company working on ShapeScale, a photo-realistic 3D body scanner that shows you how your body shape changes over time. After having completed a very successful pre-order launch as well as the recent closing of our Series A, we are looking to expand our team in San Francisco.

Our software team is looking for a talented backend engineer. You will develop the cloud processing infrastructure and body computing platform that powers ShapeScale and runs state of the art computer vision and machine learning algorithms in the cloud.


  • Develop the communication layer between ShapeScale and the Cloud processing infrastructure

  • Design and implement authentication and authorization for internal and external facing services

  • Design and implement APIs to support both external platform users, as well as internal cross service applications.

  • Ensure system security externally to protect against a variety of web-based attacks, as well as internally to guard against unintentional data access

  • Ensure collaboration with senior management to help generate task breakdowns and accurate schedules

  • Adhere to rules established for development, maintaining wiki pages and API documentation and code style

  • Participate in code reviews, architectural decision, write unit tests, and conduct troubleshooting to ensure uptime for live systems

  • Work closely with front-end, backend, computer vision/machine learning and firmware engineers across the organization to define product requirements, schedules and specifications

  • Help to recruit and lead a team of backend engineers



  • BS in Computer Science or similar field

  • 3+ years of experience in building scalable backend applications

  • Strong Software Engineering skills with object-oriented languages like Java, C++, or Python

  • Working experience with cloud services for storage, computation, data processing, and analytics

  • Experience designing and building solutions for distributed systems with a strong emphasis on scalability, availability and reliability

  • Possess knowledge of networking fundamentals such as IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP, DHCP, DNS, HTTP, SSL etc.

  • Knowledge about APIs, RESTful services and integration with Cloud data providers.

  • Demonstrable skills in designing/deploying a scalable environment using 3rd party cloud services (AWS, Google Cloud, etc.)

Bonus points if:

  • Experience with Internet of Things devices, protocols, standards, and services

  • Experience with streaming data processing using facilities like AWS Kinesis, AWS Lambda or similar

  • Experience with AWS IoT Core

  • Experience in a tech or startup environment

  • Experience working with Linux and prefer to work in Linux environments



  • Competitive salary and equity

  • Unlimited paid time off (15 days/year required!)

  • Excellent, comprehensive health insurance: low deductible - 100% employer covered (incl. dependents)

  • Unlimited snacks, drinks and cared lunches

  • Top of the line Apple and Windows equipment of your choice

  • Motorized sit/standing desk with Herman Miller or Steelcase chairs.

  • Fun, action-inspired company-wide events and outings

  • Assistance with H1B / O1 / TN visa transfer (if required)

  • A fun, creative and collaborative environment of a young startup company with a driven, agile and adept international team

  • A chance to have a transformative impact on the lives of potentially millions by enabling them to lead happier and healthier lives



Based in San Francisco, we are a team with a passion for outstanding design, user experience, hardware, software, and health & fitness. Together we share the commitment to create products that connect the human body with technology in a magical way. We're working to become the most empowering consumer company of the 21st century.

Our debut product, ShapeScale, is the first photorealistic 3D body scanner that shows you how your body shape changes over time. ShapeScale is also going to enable various applications in fashion, healthcare, and mixed reality. We have recently started to take pre-orders for ShapeScale and have thus far received thousands of pre-orders. Shape is backed by renowned investors such as Y Combinator and Stanford StartX.

At Shape, we believe that what makes a company amazing is its people. Members of our team are our greatest assets, as they are the ones creating the value of our company day by day. At Shape, your thoughts, opinion and ideas power our engine. Your actions matter. And your passions will never be held back. Join our team to work on products that have the potential to change countless of lives, including yours.

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.