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Software Engineer - Publishing

About Research Square

Research Square Company, a five-time INC 5000 award winner, exists to make research communication faster, fairer, and more useful. Through our industry leading preprint platform, Research Square, research promotion tools, and AJE’s comprehensive suite of manuscript preparation services, we are proud to have supported over 2.5 million authors in 192 countries since our founding in 2004. Across all sides of our business, our team of former researchers and publishing industry professionals truly understand the importance of sharing research results with the world. By helping researchers communicate their work more effectively, we accelerate the pace of global discovery and advancement.

What we will expect from you once you’re here

We are looking for a looking for a mid- to senior-level Software Engineer to assist in the research into and development of a new Digital Services product line. You will be one of the first key hires for this new product line, so you will need to have strong technical and entrepreneurial skills in your approach to solving problems. Ideally, you will have experience at start-ups and early-stage companies. Our optimal candidate exhibits personal humility and strives to enable the success of their team in our collaborative and fast-moving work environment.

Research Square engineers and researchers have the freedom to innovate and uncover breakthroughs—and, in turn, influence our product roadmap. On the Publishing Team Services team, we expect engineers to come up with their own experiments by working closely and getting feedback from the Product team, Designers, and Data Scientists. We also rely on individual contributors to drive the technical roadmap around things like performance, security, and the design of new systems.

Experience you will need


  • Have ownership of our projects end-to-end, including but not limited to technical design, writing code, participating in code review, shipping your code, and post-release monitoring and analytics.
  • Contribute both front-end and back-end code for our preprint platform, our operations back-end to build workflows and efficiencies for our services that power the platform, as well as for other new product development. We deploy code frequently and often, and your work will never sit around and become stagnant.
  • Collaborate with our team of engineers, product owners, and department heads in an autonomous and supportive environment.
  • Write new code that is reliable and maintainable.
  • Refactor existing code and fix defects.
  • Solve a variety of problems, applying pragmatism and best practices to all the problems you solve.
  • Create solutions that support researchers around the world.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineer, or a technology related field or equivalent related experience


  • Minimum 3 years of meaningful software engineering experience
  • Experience with academic publishing (or academia more generally)
  • Experience developing eCommerce solutions
  • Experience making data-driven decisions
  • Understanding of data design and modeling
  • Experience with external API integration
  • Experience applying Domain-Driven Design

Our Current Toolbox

React, Next.js, Node, PHP, Docker, MySQL, Git, AWS

Working Arrangements

  • Relocation is not required as this position can be remote based. 
  • This is a US based position.  

Working at Research Square Company

Our team embraces and fuels change, fights for simplicity, invests in customers’ success, and applies a data-driven approach to continuously improve and magnify our impact. We have developed tools and services that have been adopted by major international publishers to improve the publishing experience for their authors.

We are a high-growth, family-friendly, and mission-driven company that regularly wins awards for our workplace culture, pace of growth, and innovations. Our organization is casual and flexible while also being stimulating and dynamic. We have a results-focused work environment.

Workplace Recognition

  • Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility (2011, 2012)
  • When Work Works Award (2014, 2016, 2017)
  • NC Parenting Magazine’s Family Friendly 50 (2013, 2014)
  • Triangle Business Journal's Best Places to Work (2017, 2019, 2020)
  • NCBC Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer Award (2017)
  • Family Forward NC Featured Business (2019)

Research Square Company’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity in all its employment practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital status, protected veteran status, military status, age, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression or any other legally protected category. Applicants for US-based positions with Research Square must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required as a condition of hire.

Research Square supports individuals with disabilities and provides reasonable accommodations to job applicants. If you need assistance completing our online job application, email General inquiries, such as those regarding the status of a job application, will not receive a reply.

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