Senior Backend Engineer

CA (Remote)

About Wurl, Inc.

Since 2017, Wurl has been on a mission to make TV better for everyone. Today, Wurl is the world leader in powering streaming TV. Our video distribution and advertising services reach over 250 million connected TVs, delivering hundreds of millions of hours of TV viewing and millions of individually targeted ads. Wurl’s innovative, market-leading technologies enable content companies, streamers, and advertising to continually reach new viewers and grow revenue.

Senior Backend Engineer (Remote):

In this job, you'll be a key member of the Wurl engineering team building the system responsible for retrieval, curation, and scheduling of managed media into 24x7-linear channels and VOD deliveries. You will be responsible for architecture, design, development and delivery / implementation of database solutions to include: architecture design, prototyping of concepts to proof of concept, development of standards, design and development of test plans, code and module design, development and testing, solution debugging, design and implementation of a solution that follows efficient design techniques and development that meets and exceeds the intent of the design.

There will be heavy focus on our existing database as well as expanding our architecture into new databases. We will be looking to optimize tables and expensive queries as well as splitting up the database to lead into a service oriented architecture. The ideal candidate can do typical backend feature work but has a real passion for and expert level proficiency in database architecture/optimization.


  • 7+ years of complete software lifecycle experience, including design, architecture, and implementation of software features.
  • 5+ years experience working with various databases, especially from an architectural standpoint
  • Experience using Ruby on Rails especially with optimizing ActiveRecord (Arel Tables)
  • Experience with database testing through ActiveRecord.
  • Experience with GraphQL
  • Experience writing REST APIs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including documenting software design and processes.
  • Deep understanding of AWS services and infrastructure.
  • Deep knowledge of engineering fundamentals such as Agile methodology, git-flow, pull requests, code reviews, SLAs, and test-driven development.

A plus if you have:

  • An understanding of the W3C Media Source Extensions and the video tag.
  • Knowledge of video delivery standards (HLS, MP4, RTMP, DASH, MRSS, MP-TS, RTMP)
  • Experience on the front end, especially with React

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

What We Offer

Wurl provides a competitive compensation and excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life/disability insurance, 4 weeks of paid time off, 10 paid holidays, 401(k), flexible schedules and HSA. We are a fun, creative and collaborative remote work environment, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. We live our values everyday in how we work with one another and support our clients. Wurl is truly a unique place to learn, create and have a daily impact on millions of people every day.  

Our promise to you

Few companies will allow you to thrive like you will at Wurl. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with the industry’s brightest minds and most innovative thinkers. You will enjoy ongoing mentorship, and you will understand what we mean by “human connection.” You will be proud to say you’re a part of the company revolutionizing TV.