Gatsby is a remote-first, community-focused team working to build a high-performance, fun to use, accessible, and astonishingly flexible presentation layer for any data source. Our core values include transparency (our work is public most of the time); creating a safe, high-trust team; building incredible developer experiences; maintaining a healthy working environment; and helping deliver web experiences that feel amazing to use on every device and connection type.
Details of the Role
- Type of Work: Full-time employee
- Location: Remote (preference for UTC-8 to UTC+4)
Why we’re hiring
Gatsby is growing fast, and we need help improving Gatsby.js to help it realize its potential!
Gatsby’s GraphQL handling forms the open source data layer in an intricate compilation & build system. Your role will be crucial in scaling out the system as well as optimizing performance.
Why this is interesting
Our open source team is shaping the future of web; bringing React, Node.js and GraphQL to the content web; setting new standards for website performance; and unifying the “content mesh” in integrating data sources.
Tens of thousands of users use Gatsby to build beautiful, performant sites every month.
What you’ll do on a day-to-day basis
This is a dual role. First, you’ll share many of the day-to-day responsibilities of the Gatsby open source team by working on assorted features and assist community members in contributing features and bugfixes. This will be roughly 70% of your time.
Second, as a GraphQL specialist, you’ll work on weeklong or month-long projects to streamline and upgrade this layer, core to Gatsby’s build and develop process. This will be roughly 30% of your time.
Depending on the day, you’ll:
- Help guide architectural decisions. From image prefetching to themes to a CLI redesign, the future of Gatsby is discussed and planned in our public RFCs and issues. You’ll be helping drive these conversations and guiding Gatsby toward the best possible solutions.
- Contribute to deep, meaningful refactors and feature releases. Gatsby is a complex codebase. Meaningful features we’ve shipped recently, like asset prefixing, structured logging, eliminating memory spikes, caching improvements, per-page manifest, have often required a couple weeks to a month of dedicated, careful work.
- Collaborate with the community. Many small as well as meaningful fixes and features have been contributed by the community. Your role as a Core team maintainer is to draw the best out of the community — to inspire those across the world to create and contribute through your reviews of their issues and pull requests.
- Reduce friction. A large amount of the work of Gatsby is reducing friction and making Gatsby easier to use. This might involve careful API design, identifying and fixing top bugs, creating easier-to-use error messages, and writing documentation and blog posts about features you ship (see “Why we Write” for our philosophy on writing.)
- Experiment and play. Great, unexpected features and heisenbug fixes on the team have come from a number of sources — relentlessly methodical processes of elimination, free-flowing team collaboration, inspiration by adjacent libraries and projects, and difficult-to-explain individual strokes of brilliance. Whatever your preferred style is for creating new things that others might not have thought of, you’ll find a welcome home on the Gatsby core team.
Read our ”Day in the Life of a Core [Open Source] Maintainer” blog post for a deeper look!
Experience you should have
- GraphQL expertise. GraphQL is the secret sauce that powers Gatsby’s data layer. You should have in depth experience of implementing it.
- Past work with frontend infrastructure. Perhaps you’ve created your company’s tooling process, written babel or webpack plugins, or dug into the impact of React Suspense or Fiber on loading performance. It would be great if you could address this in your cover letter!
- Ability to dive into complex problems. You should be able to quickly assess, understand, and iterate upon aspects of our codebase.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills. As part of our open source team, you’d both directly and indirectly interface with community members. Clear communication is fundamental in creating intuitive and compelling resources.
- Ready and willing to ask and answer questions. If you’re comfortable saying you’re unsure, asking for help, and reaching out to assist others, you’ll be an incredible addition to our team. Our team thrives because of continuous learning.
Note: This role is called “Staff Software Engineer” because we’re looking for someone who would come in at what we’d internally consider “Staff” level. We have engineering levels within Gatsby to help share expected levels of responsibility.
Experience it would be nice if you had, but isn’t required
- You’ve maintained an active repository before. Maybe you’ve helped maintain a popular open source repo, or maybe you’ve worked on internal repos that saw contributions from multiple teams. Previous experience with highly active repo workflows is a definite plus for this role.
- You have experience with modern build tools such as Webpack, Buck, or Bazel. Gatsby’s architecture is in many ways inspired by these tools, and you’ll need to recognise when to incorporate ideas from them into Gatsby.
The best parts of this job
- You’ll be at the cutting edge of website development — working on one of the fastest-growing site building frameworks on the market, digging into the Gatsby’s innovatively architected codebase and build system, using modern tools such as Node, React, and GraphQL.
- You’ll be part of an active and friendly community of developers that are really excited about building high-performance, fun-to-use websites.
- You’ll be working in a safe, open environment of talented engineers who have a broad range of experience.
- Gatsby is a very prominent user of GraphQL and member of the GraphQL Foundation, so your work may bring you into the overall conversation around the future & potential of GraphQL.
- Your role will be key to making Gatsby the next way to build on the web — and a technology that enables the next billion internet users.
The worst parts of this job
- Gatsby is a large, intricate codebase with 50k+ lines of code in the open source package and 300k+ lines of code in maintained plugins. You may bang your head against the wall at times, and then write 10-15 tests to assist future you.
- The work you would be doing is somewhat unique and idiosyncratic. You probably have not had a similar role before.
- In open source, you’re faced with a nonstop stream of requests. That means you need to develop an intuition of when to just ignore something and when to dig in further.
Benefits for you
- 3 months of paid parental leave covering both adoption and foster placement
- Unlimited vacation policy, with a minimum of 15 days paid vacation time
- Amazing health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family (US only)
- Skip the commute with remote work
- Fly to cool locations 3x/year for company-wide meetups
- Stock options in a fast-growing startup
- Gatsby Sabbatical: 4 weeks paid vacation after 4 years tenure
Our Hiring Process
Gatsby is an equal opportunity employer. We eagerly seek applicants of diverse backgrounds and hire without regard to race, color, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical abilities (or disability), age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cultivating inclusivity and diversity is a top priority.
Headhunters and recruitment agencies may not submit resumes/CVs through this website or directly to managers. Gatsby does not accept unsolicited headhunter and agency resumes, and will not pay fees to any third-party agency or company that does not have a signed agreement with Gatsby.