ob Description

Title: Back End Engineer

Location: Remote (US or Canada)

Driven by the mission to democratize education, Paper is the largest provider of educational support, supporting millions of students through partnerships with thousands of school districts. Paper helps deliver true educational equity through their category leading Educational Support System (ESS) that offers virtual access to 24/7 tutors and essay reviewers. Founded in 2014, Paper philosophically believes that all students should be given the tools and resources to reach their academic potential, independent of socio-economic status, geography, language or other barriers. We are headquartered in Montreal, Quebec with remote employees across the US and Canada. Paper is proud to have been named by GSV as one of the most transformational growth companies in digital learning.

As a Back End Developer your primary focus will be developing the API which powers the web and mobile applications. You will be working alongside product managers, UI/UX designers, back-end and front-end developers to ensure the timely delivery of secure, accessible, highly performant and robust features. Due to the fast-paced and collaborative nature of the software development team, our ideal candidate will also need excellent teamwork and communication skills.

This position can be located in any geography in the US or Canada.


  • Implement and ship robust, secure and highly available features to our backend PHP API.
  • Write unit, integration, and end-to-end tests.
  • Participate in technical design of various tasks.
  • Collaborate with CloudOps and Product team members to improve systems data collection for observability, logging and application performance monitoring purposes.
  • Refactor code to improve readability and maintainability.
  • Participate in team-wide code reviews and provide feedback.
  • Stay up to date with PHP ecosystem and Laravel framework updates.
  • Provide mentorship and coaching to junior developers.
  • Participate in maintenance and upkeep of technical and API documentation.
  • Apply secure application coding standards (OWASP 10).
  • Follow guidelines for ensuring web accessibility (WCAG, a11y).
  • Routinely on-call rotation for incident response management.
  • You will be required to be On-Call to provide support for critical systems internally or for our customers on rare occasions.


  • 3+ years work experience with PHP and the Laravel framework.
  • Experience with writing and scaling REST APIs returning JSON.
  • Strong understanding of API authentication mechanisms and scoping, preferably OAuth2 and JSON Web Tokens.
  • Deep understanding of Object Oriented Programming, Microservice and API architecture.
  • Strong knowledge of MySQL – writing and reviewing complex queries and performance tuning.
  • Deep understanding of Test Driven Development methodologies – writing unit, integration and end-to-end tests.

Job perks:

  • Work with a dynamic team that provides support whenever you get stuck.
  • Remote first environment.
  • Annual company-wide meetup.
  • Opportunity for career development with a fast-growing company.
  • A unique opportunity to make an impact by making education more equitable.
  • Stipend to help support the growth of your home office.
  • Unlimited access to tutoring for children of Paper employees.

#LI-Remote #LI-ST01

About Paper

Paper offers an exciting, dynamic, inclusive work environment putting excellence at the center of everything we do. Our mission is woven into the fabric of our culture, challenging our team to build meaningful and creative solutions.

We thrive when we collaborate with each other, and use integrity and selflessness to align our business decisions with our mission. We approach every challenge with positivity, achieving the outcome we want regardless of what gets in the way. Our tenacity propels our hyper-growth, where trust is key and we all strive to make an impact every day.

We believe that diverse teams build better products. Paper does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.

Nobody checks every box, but the Paper team is built by passionate and innovative people who share our mission for democratizing education. If you don’t think you meet all of the requirements above but are still interested in the job, please apply.

PS. Equity is our mission! We make sure to treat all candidates equally: If you are interested please apply through our job board – our amazing talent team will reach out! Our team isn’t able to pass on any calls/ emails our way – and this makes sure that the candidate experience is smooth and fair to everyone.