As our second full stack developer, you will have the freedom and right to influence the working methods of the team, as well as the tools and practices used.

25th of July 2020

Kide Science is looking for Full stack developer

We here at Kide Science are enthusiastic about helping children to get excited about science and to learn how to think like a scientist. We have secured funding for years to come, and we’ve got paying customers globally. One of our main goals for the near future is to bring science education to kindergartens and homes all over the world. As our second full stack developer, you will have the freedom and right to influence the working methods of the team, as well as the tools and practices used.

You will be in a team of 15 ranging from pedagogical experts to sales, you will have the freedom and right to influence the working methods of the team, as well as the tools and practices used. Your work will be supported by our pedagogical team, sales & marketing (growth) team and UI/visual design team.

Technology is a tool for us to reach our goals - not the goal in itself. It is because our main goal is to see the joy of revelation and excitement in children’s faces when they have figured something out by themselves! The customer feedback we receive makes us extremely happy.

At the core of our business, we have a pedagogical model that we have developed through scientific research. This pedagogical model is in use, for example:

  • in science lessons in kindergartens and hobby centres around the world

  • in our digital product for educators or parents

  • in a TV-show in Finnish children’s programme, Pikku Kakkonen

  • in books with Sanoma

We want to utilise versatile channels in supporting science education for children. Importantly, we also continue the academic research on science education at the University of Helsinki.

At the moment, the most important manifestation of our pedagogy is in our products for teachers: lesson plans and training materials, carefully developed by our top-notch in-house pedagogical team. We sell licenses for these globally, for example, for kindergarten chains and hobby centres. Our clients can as well come from the public sector, from Universities and Ministries of education. In Finland, we are already cooperating with several municipalities. 

Your main task will be to develop our learning platform and tooling

We have built a learning platform, through which we distribute all the materials. We know from previous trials that our product really works and the customers’ feedback on the platform is extremely positive. We have validated several markets and have gained customers from 14 countries. Out of these, we see the most growth potential in China. In addition, we aim to transform the organic traffic and interest into new customers. Understanding our customers’ feedback and translating that into a fluid UX is where we excel. 

Our team is driven by the market and our business. Sometimes there’s a need to do technical proof of concepts and throw away a part of the product. And some other time you have to take technical debt consciously so as not to block the business. Some core parts can be polished diamonds but anything else is prone to change. Tech and development are a tool, not the product.

We expect you to have both the ability to plan and also to implement improvements. Our environment consists mostly of TypeScript codebases. Frontends are usually done with React and backends are node.js. Databases are Postgres and infrastructure is running on Heroku. CI/CD is done with a combination of Github Actions and Heroku pipelines. Work is prioritised to a single backlog and we use the kanban method to organize our day-to-day life.

We expect you to have a few years worth of experience in:

  • Web development

  • React and single-page applications

  • Node.js

  • TypeScript or statically typed languages

  • Additional points from:

    • Agile methods & kanban

    • UI design, visual design

    • Ecommerce

    • SEO/SEM/analytics/growth related skills

Our company language is English and our business is global in nature and that is why we expect you to be fluent in English.

We just closed a significant funding round, so it is time to change gears by getting some highly skilled coworkers for our lovely office in Kamppi. We are seeking a full-time employee. You’d get to work alongside about ten colleagues, most closely with our dedicated sales & marketing and development team. We place a high priority on working culture, and we thus optimise learning as a team and truly working together. We would love you to spend your working time with us, at the office, but remote working is also possible. We offer you all of the tools you need, as well as all of our knowledge and skills.

As an agile and young company, we work in a post-agile manner. All of our team members are equal, according to minimalistic organisation models, and all team members have equal right and opportunity to influence the decisions we make. Every employee speaks highly about our working culture and methods.

Please apply in The Hub platform.
Ask for more information from our CTO Sampsa Kuronen, sampsa@kidescience.com. Please attach your CV and any kind of a portfolio you might have (such as a Github profile). We will answer emails and start processing applications from 10th of August.

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