Web Application Engineer

ApplyLocation: Cambridge, Massachusetts.


We are seeking exceptional software engineers with a track record in building scalable, highly sophisticated web applications to play a leading role in Panjiva’s evolution. You must have significant experience with full-stack web application development, both server-side and client-side, and be ready to take on the challenges of a startup lifestyle. Your work will be used by millions of people from every country in the world, and by some of the largest (and smallest) companies in the world. We need hands-on hackers—not managers—but our ideal candidates have the potential to grow into a strong leadership role over time.

About Our Engineers

We’re a small team of mostly MIT computer science grads who like hacking on business models and products as much as machine learning algorithms and browser-bending javascript. We’re a bunch of generalists who work on the entire stack; a given day’s checkins may include performance tweaks to our backend data processing pipeline, an updated multivariate landing page test, a parsing expression grammar for a new data source, upgrades to our deployment infrastructure to make better use of our CDN, or new parallelizing queries to make Panjiva search faster. Most of us have started companies before (one who co-founded a venture-backed company that was sold to VMware; another was a co-founder of a YCombinator company), love programming (one of our engineers has a lambda calculus tattoo), and enjoy discussing all aspects of the business and how our work impacts the global economy. Our development environment is highly collaborative, and we all teach as much as we learn. We launch new code many times a day, and have a lot of fun doing it. We are committed to building a cutting-edge company that is a place where engineers love to work.

Perks and Benefits

  • Weekly tech talks

  • Competitive salaries and stock options

  • Build or buy your dream computer

  • Awesome coffee, tea and juice

  • Kendall Square office

    Twenty-five feet from the Red Line T Stop.

  • Fifteen days of Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • 10 paid holidays

  • Health insurance

  • Hacker Continuing Education Wednesdays

    i.e., craft beer tasting and ping pong.

  • Regular off-site retreats

    Everybody helps to set company direction and strategy.


  • B.S., or M.S., or Ph.D. in Computer Science or demonstrated hacking ability
  • Extraordinary software engineering talent
  • Substantial experience building database-backed web applications
  • Strong mastery of writing SQL for high performance
  • Track record of solving performance bottlenecks both in the back-end and front-end
  • Solid knowledge of relational databases and Unix/Linux
  • Strong programming skills in a dynamic language (e.g., Ruby, Python)
  • Experience with modern web frameworks (e.g., Ruby on Rails, Django) and client-side technologies (JavaScript, CSS)
  • Fast learner and fearless
  • The number of years of professional experience you have isn’t important to us


  • Startup experience

    We love an entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Proficiency programming Ruby (on Rails)

    Experience with Rails is definitely a plus.

  • Good design sense and Photoshop skills

    They come in handy when working full-stack.


Think you’re a good fit?

Feel like you’re a good match for this position? Apply now

To apply, e-mail your resume to jobs+eng@panjiva.com.In the body of the e-mail, include:
  • The URL of your website and your handles on various dev-related sites (e.g. GitHub, Stack Overflow, etc.)
  • How long you’ve been coding, and any interesting side projects you’re involved in
  • Want your application to stand out? Solve one of more of our challenges and include your solutions in the e-mail.