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Current vacancies:

Full-Stack Clojure Developer

London · Full Time

We’re looking for an amazing all-round dev to join our team. Someone who picks up new languages for fun, understands ideas half way through the explanation, and hits things with a hammer (real or metaphorical) to find out how they work. Skill and flexibility are key to this role.

Our technology is the foundation of everything we do, and we’ll use whatever’s available to give users a response faster than they can blink, even across 60 million+ pieces of content. Our core stack is Clojurescript - Om/React on the front end, Node.js on the back end - with PostgreSQL and ElasticSearch to keep our data front and center, Redis for sub-millisecond lookups, and Docker to keep everything on AWS running smoothly.

About Sparrho

Sparrho blends machine learning and expert curation to help users from 150+ countries stay on top of the science that matters to them. With over 60 million unique research papers and patents from all fields of science in our database, our mission is to democratise scientific knowledge, making it more accessible, searchable and shareable.

The company was founded in July 2013 by two Oxbridge ex-scientists who met though Entrepreneur First. We’re now a superstar team of 12, and our HQ is in the heart of vibrant Shoreditch.

About the Role

You’ll be joining a small team and moving quickly - you’ll need the experience to make the right technical decisions to build fast, scalable tech that the business needs: everything from content acquisition to performance tuning, from UI changes to totally new product features.

You will be:

  • Putting together major, brand new site functionality for both users and commercial partners
  • Upgrading our current tech stack and staying on top of the latest developments to make sure we’re always using the best tools for the job
  • Keeping web servers lightning fast under any load they might experience
  • Working with publisher and provider data to keep content flowing to our users
  • Ensuring that search clusters and database servers maintain peak performance as incoming content increases

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Clojurescript
  • Node.js
  • React
  • PostgreSQL
  • AWS
  • Ability to quickly understand and use new tools and technologies
  • Strong technical background and a real interest in the cutting edge of development
  • Focus on fast, efficient solutions to real-world user problems

Ideal Experience

  • Experience working on high traffic volume platforms
  • Good understanding of data storage technologies, particularly in dealing with multi-terabyte datasets
  • Comfortable managing remote resources (AWS, Heroku, Digitalocean, etc.)
  • Ability to make the right decisions in a rapidly changing environment

What can Sparrho offer?

  • Real responsibility, and the freedom to get things done your way.
  • A superstar team with flat hierarchy who make decisions quickly.
  • An office in a co-working space in Shoreditch (East London), in the heart of London’s digital tech scene, complete with a vintage ping pong table and free bar.
  • A fun, friendly atmosphere, plenty of opportunities to grow and the chance to be part of our revolution.

Remuneration package: Competitive salary
Visa sponsorship: Not available
Starting date: January–February 2018

If you’re the developer we’ve been waiting for, then send Sybil (sybil@sparrho.com) your CV, github username, and earliest starting date—all documents will be kept confidential.

Growth Scientist

London · Full Time

We’re looking for an energetic Growth Scientist with a scientific PhD background and a passion to democratise science to join our team. You will be working closely with our Growth, Marketing and Product teams to shape Sparrho’s community growth through a range of online and offline channels.

About Sparrho

Sparrho blends machine learning and expert curation to help users from 150+ countries stay on top of the science that matters to them. With over 60 million unique research papers and patents from all fields of science in our database, our mission is to democratise scientific knowledge, making it more accessible, searchable and shareable.

The company was founded in July 2013 by two Oxbridge ex-scientists who met though Entrepreneur First. We’re now a superstar team of 12, and our HQ is in the heart of vibrant Shoreditch.

About the Role

The ideal candidate has a background in scientific research, combined with a proven passion for science communication. We’re seeking someone who can engage and inspire our existing community of global Sparrho users online and offline, while simultaneously growing awareness and accelerating user acquisition for the platform by tapping into the wealth of data generated by our users and within our existing content database.

Working closely with our Growth, Marketing and Product teams, the role has a high degree of autonomy and offers opportunities to interact with the full spectrum of stakeholders in scientific research, from funders and policymakers, to academic and industrial researchers, to patient families and citizen scientists in the setting of exclusive, topical events.

As our Growth Scientist, you will shape and scale up Sparrho’s campaign-based, content-driven community outreach, contributing to a resilient growth engine for our high-growth startup.

You will be:

  • Showcasing the possibilities of the Sparrho platform and the value of Sparrho’s exclusive content to existing and potential user groups
  • Developing and scaling up a long-term our community growth strategy aligned with our core business objectives
  • Uncovering valuable data-backed insights to accelerate growth of Sparrho’s platform
  • Crafting high quality marketing content that caters to our target audiences
  • Supporting our events strategy

Skills and Experience Desired

  • Scientific research background (PhD)
  • A people’s person
  • A passion for and experience in communicating science
  • Great command of English and excellent written and communications skills
  • Comfortable with producing content about science for a layman audience - a content portfolio would be desirable but not essential
  • Experience of managing social media channels and ad campaigns, or keen and quick to learn
  • Comfortable with analysis of web analytics and large data sets as it relates to creating strategies and campaigns
  • Strong network of contacts in the scientific community
  • Strong desire to work in an early-stage startup and ambition to grow with the company
  • Ability to work autonomously in a rapidly changing environment

What can Sparrho offer?

  • A vibrant working environment in Shoreditch (East London), in the heart of London’s digital tech scene
  • High autonomy and huge responsibility from the word “go”
  • Superstar team with flat hierarchy who make decisions quickly
  • Opportunity to make significant impact on the future direction of our product and company
  • A fun, friendly atmosphere, plenty of opportunities to grow and the chance to be part of our revolution
  • Opportunity to work remote when appropriate
  • An attractive remuneration package

Remuneration package: Competitive salary
Visa sponsorship: Not available
Starting date: January–February 2018

Application deadline: Submit your CV and book a chat with Sybil (sybil@sparrho.com) using the form below—interviews are held on a rolling basis so act asap:

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