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Staff Backend Software Engineer

Mem Labs

Mem Labs

Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024


Remote, but 10am - 4pm PST overlap with PST hours is required.


At Mem, we are pioneers in the space of personal and proactive intelligence. We're seeking a Staff Backend Software Engineer to lead development of our architecture, infrastructure, and sync systems to help us deliver on our mission of augmenting human intelligence. We are looking for someone who is eager to shape this evolving field and define the way humanity engages with AI on a daily basis. If you are an impact-oriented leader with a passion for helping people turn their digital information into high-leverage knowledge, we’re eager to meet you.

As a Staff Backend Software Engineer, you will

  • Report directly to our CEO and work closely with our Founding Engineer, Lead UX Designer, and CEO to architect and build backend systems that integrate state-of-the-art artificial intelligence to enable intelligence in our product.
  • Lead architecture and implementation of our core infrastructure and sync systems.
  • Build the backend for user-facing features that enable integrated, context-aware, and proactive personal knowledge assistance.
  • Tackle challenging backend problems from end-to-end, such as local-first sync, collaborative rich text editing, data ingestion and processing, real-time recommendation, and LLM-augmented information indexing, retrieval, and discovery.
  • Improve observability, monitoring, and alerting so that we can most effectively respond to operational incidents.
  • Establish best-in-class software development processes to help us build an opinionated product.

You may be a good fit if you

  • Are impact-oriented and opinionated.
  • Have experience leading the architecture of projects, services, and teams.
  • Have experience managing, deploying, and scaling infra in large-scale environments.
  • Are a self-starter with the ability to work independently and solve complex problems. Prior founder or startup experience is a plus.
  • Are open-minded to using state-of-the-art tools.
  • Are well-versed in systems thinking.
  • Take pride in working on projects from conception to successful completion involving a wide range of systems, processes, and technologies.
  • Have a meticulous eye for detail.
  • Thrive in ambiguity.
  • Enjoy greenfield problems.
  • Love making the impossible possible.


  • Django, Python, and OpenAPI
  • Postgres and Redis
  • Search and data pipelines built with OpenAI, Cohere, Elasticsearch, Pinecone, PubSub, Apache Beam, and Temporal
  • TipTap (Prosemirror) Editor with Yjs
  • Local-first data synchronization system
  • Hosted on the Google Cloud Platform
  • CI/CD with GitHub Actions, Docker, Terraform, Google Cloud Run
  • Monitoring via Datadog

What we offer

  • Interesting and challenging work at the frontier of AI
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Work-life balance
  • Work remotely, no commuting to the office
  • 21 days paid vacation
  • Company-sponsored team retreats, events, and meals
  • Comprehensive health benefits, including medical, dental, vision, mental health, and monthly wellness stipend
  • M1 Macbook Pro, 4K display, accessories, and a monthly AI stipend to explore new tools
  • Comprehensive family benefits, including 16 weeks paid family leave and support for IVF, egg freezing, adoption, and childcare

Learn how we think and work

  • Why We Started Mem
  • Article by The Verge on how we’re building your own personal Google
  • Blog by The OpenAI Startup Fund introducing their first investments
  • Deep-dive into the technology behind our similar notes feature