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Software Engineer for growing, innovative startup job in Oxfordshire (499)

at Kudos (view profile)
Location Wheatley
Date Posted 4th September 2017
Category Technical
Job Type Full-time
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About this role

Kudos is a start-up innovating in the digital publishing space, focused on helping researchers demonstrate and increase the influence of their work.

We’re looking for a Software Engineer to join our small team, someone who enjoys working collaboratively, are comfortable learning new things and who will be eager to learn about all aspects of our platform. Each team member works on every part of the system, from the front end, to the back, to managing our infrastructure. Some of the technologies we are using, or are about to use, include JavaScript, Ruby, Go, Kubernetes, MySQL and Elasticsearch, running on AWS and GCP. Rather than looking for engineers with specific technology skills we'd much rather you can demonstrate the characteristics of a good Software Engineer, with the ability and enthusiasm to learn new things along the way.

Some of the aspects we deal with as an engineering team

  • Ingesting data from publishers and processing that data efficiently
  • Analysis of data large enough to be non-trivial
  • Ensuring our users experience on the site is wonderful, with great design and performant code
  • Monitoring our infrastructure and ensuring that we can scale to serve our users
  • Enabling our users to track the impact of sharing their work across multiple social media channels
  • Creating intelligent recommendations for our users

We're a small, friendly team with plenty of scope for individuals to make a real impact on the product and the way that we work.

Skills & Requirements

The following attributes are critical to the role

  • You have plenty of experience in the tools and processes of modern software development: from the languages you use, to source control with Git, to your favourite IDE or editor, to using agile development processes
  • You write understandable, fully tested code, always thinking about maintainability
  • You have built and shipped commercial software and have learnt something from that experience
  • You can work independently making relevant technical decisions about your current task
  • You can communicate well with both engineers and other members of the business

Any of the following experiences would be really useful

  • Creating a modern web UI
  • Querying data using SQL
  • Working with cloud providers such as AWS or GCP
  • Working within a Continuous Delivery focused environment
  • Working with containers in a production environment

About Kudos Innovations

Kudos ( helps researchers, and their publishers and institutions broaden the reach and impact of their published articles. This award-winning service has a global client base, including major publishers such as Wiley, Taylor & Francis and SAGE. A Recent analysis of Kudos data indicates that full-text downloads on the publisher site are 23% higher when the Kudos toolkit is used. Kudos was named Best New End User Product at the 2014 Charleston Advisor Readers’ Choice Awards and won the 2015 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing. It has been named in Outsell’s “Ten to Watch” for two consecutive years.

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