Product Engineer

10 month ago

Job Description

Application Note

We're always excited to welcome and encourage anyone from non-traditional backgrounds to apply, so please, don't sweat the requirements lists too much! It's important to note that including a cover letter which details your interest in Brilliant and why you feel you'd be a great fit for this position will be required to be considered.

The Role

Engineers at Brilliant work closely with members of our Product, Design, and Content teams in cross-disciplinary pods to solve important problems for our learners. We're opportunistically hiring exceptional product engineers who will elevate the effectiveness of our team along various dimensions.

Interactive education is in its infancy: we've only scratched the surface of what's possible with computer-based pedagogy. Our work helps people across Brilliant teach topics from vector calculus to neural networks in an interactive way. Come build the future of interactive learning with us!


  • Bring new features from conception to completion, helping people around the world to learn more effectively by contributing code across our entire stack.
  • Be mindful of the โ€œbig pictureโ€ from both a technical perspective and a business one, keeping your pod on track in terms of โ€œbuilding the right thingโ€ and โ€œbuilding the thing rightโ€.
  • Exercise a high degree of autonomy and technical authority on a team that trusts you to do what's right for our users but is there to support you when you need it.
  • Contribute to a culture of excellence within your pod, setting high standards for candor and mutual accountability, and striking a careful balance between velocity and quality.
  • Advocate for initiatives that will improve developer experience for Brilliant's engineers and user experience for Brilliant's users.
  • Frequently ask: How does this impact our learners?

Who are you?

  • You have at least 4 years of professional experience in software engineering.
  • You got into programming because youโ€™re motivated by solving usersโ€™ problems.
  • You're capable of working across the stack, and you're most energized when owning feature implementations end-to-end.
  • You enjoy solving technical challenges in a way simple enough for an intern to understand and build upon. You avoid introducing complex, novel, or "clever" solutions. You write code for humans, not for computers.
  • You're excited to collaborate closely with talented engineers, product managers, and designers. You enjoy solving problems as a team, pair-programming, and sharing knowledge. You want to be a mentor and to be mentored.
  • You have deep experience with a few languages and frameworks, and you know what you do and do not like about them. You believe in using the right tool for the job โ€” even when itโ€™s an unfamiliar one, and especially when it's a boring one. You stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and patterns, recognizing the differences between a game-changer and a passing fad.
  • You have a favorite product and can articulate your perspective on what makes using it delightful. You often think about how the products you use could be better.

Salary Range

$160,000 - $220,000 a year

We use a systematic compensation framework. Salary scales are set each year for each job vertical, based on market data and company budget. Independently, managers level folks on their team, and those levels are mapped formulaically to our compensation scales.

Additional, we always make First and Best Offers - there is no negotiation (for new hires nor our existing teammates). This ensures that people are paid based on their expected contribution, rather than their negotiation skills.

We do apply a location-based adjustment in less competitive markets, typically 5-10%. Feel free to ask us about your particular location!

Our Engineering Team

Our engineers are extraordinary programmers without big egos. We love to share knowledge and support each other. We work together as an interdependent team to accomplish a common goal, and we know how to get things done. We maintain high personal standards, and possess an ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge.

Why join Brilliant?

Brilliant has a mission you can get behind. Weโ€™re a company thatโ€™s helping to bring learners from all over the world together and create a platform on which they can excel, learn, and contribute.

We also offer:

โ€ข Competitive compensation

โ€ข Medical, dental, and vision benefits โ€“ we pay 100% of the premiums

โ€ข Equipment budget for computer and peripherals

โ€ข Free lunch

โ€ข Weekly happy hour

โ€ข Flexible vacation time

โ€ข Fully-stocked pantry and refrigerator with snacks and drinks

โ€ข Sponsorship for conferences and professional development

โ€ข A stimulating work environment and a chance to change the world

About Brilliant

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Brilliant is a tight-knit team of scientists, educators, engineers, designers, storytellers, and illustrators who are redesigning education at scale.

We believe that math and science are fascinating and beautiful, but that the tools widely used to teach it are dry and ineffective. Brilliant makes learning STEM fun, through problem solving and interactive explorations โ€“ from foundational math and science to cutting-edge computer science and professional topics.

Brilliant helps over 12 million students, professionals, and lifelong learners around the world cultivate problem solving skills, build intuition, and master concepts rather than memorize them. To understand more about our approach, see our learning principles.

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