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13 Top Ruby and Rails Jobs for September 2008

By Peter Cooper / September 5, 2008

If you thought August's job post was hectic, this month will blow you away! The focus is still heavily on Rails - and most of these jobs are in the United States (there's one in the UK - keep an eye out for it). The Ruby Inside Job Board (costs $99 for a 60 day listing - and you get featured on Ruby Inside like this) is the source for most of the positions.

This month's interesting opportunities:

mckinsey.pngWeb Architect for McKinsey & Company (New York, NY): McKinsey & Company is, perhaps, the world's best-known global management consulting company and they're looking for a Web architect with experience in a number of open source areas - such as Apache, MySQL, Linux, Ruby and PHP - as well as a good feel for Web 2.0 technologies and principles and how best to leverage all of these things in the enterprise. This is not a client-facing consulting role, but one focused on developing McKinsey's own applications.

stealth.pngAdvertising Startup needs a Senior Systems Architect (El Seguno, Los Angeles, CA): A "stealth startup" is looking for a senior systems architect with five years experience in developing applications in Java, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, C++, C# or similar (I suspect 5 years coding experience with crossovers between these technologies would be suitable - if not beneficial). You would need to be comfortable with working in a startup atmosphere (the company recently closed a round of financing).

uservoice.pngBackend Ruby on Rails Developer / Hacker at Uservoice (Sunnyvale, CA): UserVoice, a new customer feedback startup, is looking for someone who wants to work in a startup atmosphere hacking on Ruby on Rails in the SF Bay Area. You'll need to have enough sysadmin skills to get by in a pinch and have experience of scaling Rails apps and optimizing for performance.

scribd.pngThe largest Rails site on the Web needs a Back-End Rails Engineer! (San Francisco, CA): Scribd, the document sharing site (I consider it the "YouTube for documents" but they might not be so keen on the comparison), is looking for a back-end Rails engineer to work on their ground-breaking site (supposedly the most trafficked Rails-powered site in the world). They're located in downtown San Francisco and are looking for someone who thinks about scaling Rails apps in their sleep and who's ready to leap into a real Rails sysadmin challenge. Scribd are also looking for a Data and Analytics Engineer.

techcrunch.pngTechCrunch needs a Ruby Developer (Atherton, CA): TechCrunch should need no introduction as the most influential and significant blog / news site surrounding the whole new Web startup world. They're mostly a Ruby shop and use Rails on a number of projects. The most significant project at this point is CrunchBase. The job requirements are realistic - you need at least six months' experience with Ruby and Rails, experience with Web applications and relational databases, and, ideally, a computer science degree. It should go without saying that this is an ideal position for someone who wants to learn about the industry as a whole and build up some excellent contacts.

wested.pngInteractive Application Developer needed in SF (San Francisco, CA): Wested is a research and service agency working within under-served communities to increase the quality and service of education and other issues of human development. They're looking for someone to join an established, diverse team of Web, media, and database developers. You would be based in the SoMa office in SF, have UNIX experience, know Ruby (and OO in general), and have database, SQL, HTML, and CSS experience.

getsatisfaction.pngGet Satisfaction needs a Ruby Zen Master! (San Francisco, CA): Get Satisfaction is a popular startup offering Web-based community service / helpdesk services for other Web applications. They're looking for a "Ruby zen master" to help build and extend their primary Web application. The ideal candidate will be a great generalist well versed in Ruby (whether using Rails or not), database work, problem solving, and a willingness to analyze pre-existing code.

stealth.pngStealth healthcare startup needs a Rails Web Applications Engineer (San Francisco, CA): A VC-funded stealth startup in the healthcare industry is looking for a Ruby on Rails Web applications engineer to help work on innovative Web applications. They're using Rails, Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Prototype, Scriptaculous and Memcached - so experience and willingness to learn will be needed with these. You'll need a Computer Science degree and have experience in developing Web applications as well as TDD/BDD.

citizensmarket.pngVolunteer Rails Developer needed for Non-Profit (Cambridge, MA): Citizens Market, a nonprofit aiming to empower consumers with user-generated information about the social and environmental performance of companies, is looking for a Rails Web developer to join their team and help develop their prototype application. The time commitment and schedule is flexible; though a minimum of three hours a week for three months is desired.

paperlesspress.pngRails Developer needed in New York (New York, NY): The Paperless Press is a B2C Web-based startup started by a group of Harvard grads that offers a new take on traditional paper correspondence. They need a self-starting Rails developer who has the initiative to plan and execute product improvements while helping to grow an initial beta application into a robust app.

Full-stack Web developer needed at Kinfo (San Francisco, CA): Kinfo is a well-funded start-up located in South Park, San Francisco looking for a highly motivated, self-directed full-stack web developer to join their tightly knit team. Experience with Ruby, Rails and Javascript is desirable, but if you have other OO and web programming experience and learn quickly they can get you up to speed. Kinfo believes strongly in a TDD/BDD oriented workflow and are committed to RSpec and RSpec stories. They also mix it up by spending some days teleworking at home or in cafes.

Ruby on Rails Developer in Cambridge, England (Cambridge, UK): If you’re looking for a UK-based Ruby on Rails opportunity, can work in Cambridge, and enjoy the buzz of a brand new well-funded startup then look no further. AlphaSights are recruiting from entry level to senior positions and offer very competitive salaries and a great working environment.


San Francisco startup needs a Ruby/Rails guru CTO: Notifixious is looking for a Rails expert to become its CTO! Notifixious is a notification service built partially with Ruby On Rails, so knowledge of messaging technologies (XMPP) and REST API development is a must. You can learn more about this opportunity here. The successful applicant will need to be entrepreneurial and enjoy a startup atmosphere. Compensation is made up of stock options, a good salary and benefits.

If you or your company have openings for Ruby and/or Rails developers, consider checking out the Ruby Inside job board. Your job not only gets featured in the sidebar of every Ruby Inside page, but also summarized in posts like this. Alternatively, contact Ruby Inside directly in case there are other ways in which we can work together - such as post footer sponsorships.

Still looking for a job? There are even more over at RubyNow's jobs section and on the 37signals Job Board! If you're looking for a job in the UK or Europe, you might consider contacting Ruby People.


  1. Robert Miller says:

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