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Software Engineer: Frontend at Brilliant.org

Location: San Francisco, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

About Brilliant
Brilliant (brilliant.org) helps you excel in math and science. On Brilliant, you can master concepts through examples and problems contributed by a community of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. Brilliant brings together professionals and enthusiasts from around the world.

Members learn from a vibrant community of over 4 million students, educators, and enthusiasts, including olympiad champions, international science fair medalists, high school teachers, and university professors. Through the Brilliant network, people discover the resources they need to succeed, the dream that they can, and the allies to help them.

We collect a large data set as members use the product, about their aptitude in different subject areas. Our long-term vision is to build a more efficient way for ambitious people who are building their skills to be found directly by organizations seeking talent. To learn more about Brilliant's mission, watch CEO Sue Khim's TEDx talk.

The role:

You will be joining a fun, motivated, and experienced team of product and engineering entrepreneurs who are working to make an actual and meaningful impact in the world. You will write lots of JavaScript, everything from simple click events to complex structures using libraries like D3.js. You will create concise, reusable styles as well as semantic, well-structured HTML.

Specifically, you will:

  • Build the frontend of new features using JS, LESS, HTML, and Django Templates -- writing clean code and making smart design decisions, all with minimal engineering guidance. 
  • Aid in migrating pages one by one towards a modern frontend framework (either React.js or Vue.js, TBD).
  • Work closely with our content creators in building interactive D3.js visualizations of math and science concepts.
  • Identify technical debt and offer recommendations on improving the quality of the frontend codebase.
  • Stay current on the happenings in the frontend world and give us a heads up when new technologies come around.


Our engineers:

  • Are top-notch programmers
  • Work as a team to accomplish a common goal
  • Know how to get things done
  • Maintain high personal standards
  • Possess an ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge



  • You know JavaScript – you know its quirks, you know what doesn’t work in IE 8, and you know why this way is better than that way
  • You understand how to write concise and reusable CSS
  • You are willing to learn a little Python and Django Templates
  • You stay on top of new happenings in the rapidly changing frontend scene, and can recognize the difference between what is and isn't a passing fad
  • You have 2+ years work experience in a frontend or fullstack role
  • You have built something you’re proud of that you're excited to show us


Why join Brilliant?

Brilliant has a mission you can get behind. We’re a company that’s helping to bring thinkers from all over the world together and create a platform on which they can excel, learn and contribute.

We also offer:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits – we pay 100% of the premiums
  • Equipment budget for computer and peripherals
  • Free lunch
  • Free Uber Pools or Lyft Lines to/from the office
  • Monthly personal health budget to spend how you see fit (gym, yoga, climbing, etc.)
  • Weekly happy hour
  • Flexible vacation time
  • Fully-stocked pantry and refrigerator with snacks and drinks
  • Sponsorship for conferences and professional development
  • A stimulating work environment and a chance to change the world
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