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Software Engineer (Senior Experience)

If you're a fearless engineer with relentless curiosity looking for a collaborative environment where learning is a core job responsibility, we'd love to meet you.

Packback is looking for an experienced Software Engineer to help support our mission of awakening fearless, relentless curiosity in every student. As a member of the engineering team at Packback, you’ll be helping to build, scale and improve the Packback Questions platform, our AI-driven Q&A platform for college students. 

Our engineering team is a flat, collaborative organization in which our team members have transparency into the business challenges and initiatives. Our engineering team is involved at every step of solving business problems, to develop the most simple, elegant and student-focused solutions.

Your skills should include:

You should be comfortable working in a test-driven environment, with experience in PHP frameworks preferred. To be successful in this role, we are seeking an individual that has experience building object oriented software in a team-based environment.

While this role is primarily backend development focused, experience with DevOps and platform scalability is important. Experience and interest in algorithm development and machine learning is also a plus.

We’re looking for experience that includes:

  • Creating RESTful web services
  • Experience building and scaling enterprise-scale web applications (500k+ pageviews/month)
  • Experience with PHP frameworks (Laravel preferred)
  • Writing unit and acceptance tests in PHP
  • Adhering to PSR coding standards
  • Strong grasp of object-oriented programming
  • Experience with or working knowledge of DevOps  in maintaining platform performance as concurrent user number grows
  • Ability to demonstrate proficiency in Chef, or other automation/configuration management tool
  • Experience in Microsoft Azure ideal, or other managed hosting service platform
  • 5+ years Software Engineering experience, especially with web-based products. Transferrable experience is more important than years of experience.

​It's great if you also have:

  • Familiarity with service oriented architecture and experience building microservices
  • Familiarity with design patterns and domain-driven design
  • Experience with JavaScript frameworks (Angular preferred)
  • Experience working in an Agile Scrum project flow with a feature branch code review process
  • Open source contributions with a variety of technologies
  • Startup or small company experience

If your experience does not exactly match the above spec but you are willing to learn new frameworks or tools and find that Packback’s purpose and values align with your own, then we want to meet you. We value the desire to learn, problem solving skills, and demonstrated logic over experience in our exact frameworks.

Benefits of working at Packback

  • Convenient South Loop office close to CTA lines, Metra, and paid parking lots
  • 6 weeks fully paid, gender non-specific extended leave policy (for either parent welcoming a new child through birth or adoption, or to care for a family member in need)
  • Medical insurance with HSA option with contributions from Packback
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Vision, Dental, Life Insurance is available through our provider (without contributions from Packback)
  • Uncapped Vacation and PTO policy, with a minimum of 10 days recommended!
  • Flat panel monitor provided to all engineering hires
  • Engineering library for free access to learning materials
  • Biannual paid company offsite retreats and outings.
  • Access to creative and educational events hosted at the Packback office
  • Competitive salaries, plus stock options
  • Friendly office dog Pepper, who doubles as our tireless greeter!

Before you apply:

We are a purpose and values-driven company, and hire based on our values. Read our values before you apply to see if Packback is the kind of place you want to work.

Want to learn more about our culture? Visit our Culture page

Want to see our office? We were recently featured in Chicago Tribune BlueSky Innovation and ChicagoInno.

Learn more about Packback's engineering team including our hiring process and employee benefits here.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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