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Staff Software Engineer - Backend



Software Engineering
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 142 million registered learners as of December 31, 2023.

Coursera partners with over 325 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, Guided Projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in fields such as data science, technology, and business. Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021.

Join us in our mission to create a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life through access to education. We're seeking talented individuals who share our passion and drive to revolutionize the way the world learns.

We at Coursera are committed to building a globally diverse team and are thrilled to extend employment opportunities to individuals in any country where we have a legal entity. We require candidates to possess eligible working rights and have a compatible timezone overlap with their team to facilitate seamless collaboration. As a remote-first company, our interviews and onboarding are entirely virtual, providing a smooth and efficient experience for our candidates.

Job Overview:

Coursera is bootstrapping a new development center, with a focus on building a platform team in India. This is an unique opportunity to be part of the founding team that would not only own a mission critical charter, but also play a significant role in shaping the culture for the location. We are looking for individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset who are excited by the prospect of building impactful 0 to 1 products.

Machine Translations team’s mission is to maximize learning impact by making world-class content accessible to all learners in their preferred language. In order to deliver on this mission, we need to design and implement a highly scalable translation infrastructure which will allow us to translate any content into any language at low cost with high quality. As an engineer on this team, you will have the opportunity to work on complex technical challenges, and influence the future roadmap of the team. You will work closely with a cross functional team of product, design, QA, architects, and peers from data engineering, data science, infrastructure and SRE. You must be comfortable working in a fast-moving team environment (we deploy many times a day!)


  • Understand commonly used translation management systems (TMS) and managed translation services eg. AWS Translate, DeepL, etc.
  • Work with cross-functional teams (including Product Management, Solution Architects, UX Design, and QA) to design and develop enhancements to the translation system, its integration with other business applications, and deliver incremental impact to business metrics
  • Keep abreast of industry developments in this field and proactively suggest new features and enhancements to the translation infrastructure. Work with the product and engineering manager on the team to prioritize the enhancements on the roadmap
  • Write and review technical documentation for the components owned by your team
  • Develop and deploy your high-quality code (in Java, Scala or similar languages) following industry best practices and track key service level indicators (SLIs)
  • Debug and fix production issues, lead blameless retrospectives, and participate in the on-call rotation to ensure adherence to the service level agreements (SLAs)
  • Collaborate and mentor team members, be a leader within the team, and contribute to teams' success improving processes

Basic Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of experience working in a relevant backend software engineering role
  • Experience in solving complex, cross functional business problems by delivering viable long term technical solutions
  • Proficient in designing distributed systems, implementing APIs and writing automated tests
  • Expertise in designing highly-scalable and performant micro-services and storage layers using common frameworks, languages, and infrastructure (e.g. Java, Play/Scala, MySql, ElasticSearch, Kafka)
  • Expertise in using managed cloud services, streaming technologies and handling large data sets
  • Expertise in conducting rigorous technical research to solve high level business problems
  • Fervent belief in engineering quality and building technical leverage for others
  • Data-driven and strongly motivated by success and learnings through experiments and metrics analysis
  • Track record of mentoring and growing team members and setting strong engineering culture on the team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience of working with managed translation services
  • Familiarity with localization and internationalization domains
  • Familiarity with integration of translations in frontend and native mobile
  • Proven track record of delivering results in a resource-constrained environment with limited guidance and supervision.
  • Proven track record of influencing with or without having a formal authority and effective roadmap advocacy
  • Experience working with technical and non-technical teams to deliver significant business impact
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and navigate through ambiguity and uncertainty with confidence.
  • Experience collaborating with cross-functional teams to deliver high-quality products or services.

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Coursera is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected class.
If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, please contact us at accommodations@coursera.org.
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