Backend Developer

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About Akara

Akara is a healthcare technology company based in Dublin, Ireland. We are a spin-out from the Robotics at Trinity College Dublin, and our mission is to reduce hospital infections and boost service capacity through the innovative use of robotics and AI technologies.

We are a values-driven company, committed to developing innovative ways to harness people and technology to reform public health for the betterment of society. We are passionate about using robots for good and are committed to the ethical development of technology – Akara is one of just three companies accepted to take part in the Federation of Responsible Robotics Quality Mark for (AI-Based) Robotics.

Our company culture promotes creativity in all its forms, as well as empathy, initiative, teamwork, self-development, inclusivity, and diversity.

Our Technology

We currently have three products, with more in development.

V-surface is a fully autonomous UV disinfection robot intended to rapidly disinfect surfaces in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Our peer-reviewed research has shown that it can decontaminate hospital rooms to a higher standard, using less than 10% of the resources, and 4X faster than current industry-standard approaches.

V-air is a fully autonomous UV disinfection robot that disinfects the air in poorly ventilated rooms and buildings. Its advanced AI and patent-pending design make it the gold-standard in mobile air disinfection.

Akara Tasker is a smartphone app that allows cleaners to log cleaning tasks in real-time, avoiding the need for paperwork. Data collected through the app is accessible by supervisors in real-time and backend automation virtually eliminates the need for back-office administration.

About the Role

In this role, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Help develop, configure and maintain the infrastructure that the Akara Tasker platform runs on

  • Design, develop and test new APIs and code for the platform

  • Debug any issues that arise and implement the necessary fixes

  • Using user-centered design, help to plan and design the requirements for new functionality on the platform

  • Develop and maintain the DevOps infrastructure and process that allow us to deploy all our products**

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate shares our values (outlined above) and is passionate about building companies. They are a proactive individual that naturally thrives working in a fast-paced start-up environment. They are a proactive individual that naturally thrives working in a fast-paced start-up environment. They are resourceful, quick and eager to learn, and work well as part of a highly productive team.

Core

  • 3/4+ years of previous software development experience in a professional environment

  • Masters (preferable) or Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering from a recognized 3rd level institution

  • Previous experience developing RESTful APIs and scalable microservice architectures

  • Experience working with AWS services (especially Lambda and Cognito), NodeJS, and MySQL

  • Experience working with containers, Docker or Podman**

  • Good understanding of best security practices and implementing them

  • Experience with Git/Gitlab and developing CI/CD pipelines (ideally using Ansible)**

  • Ability to quickly learn new technologies

  • Able to write well-documented, clean code

  • Comfortable working with Linux and low-level systems/networking**

Desired

  • Experience working with serverless architectures or the Serverless Framework

  • Good at working with third-party dependencies and debugging dependency conflicts

  • Familiarity or experience with React/React Native

We Offer

  • Start-up atmosphere in a fast-growing and rapidly evolving company

  • Flexible working hours, including home office

  • A centrally located office in Dublin 8

  • Opportunity to progress fast through the company, a highly motivated team, and regular team events

Salary

We offer a competitive salary including stock benefits to be negotiated on an individual basis based on experience. We otherwise offer a range of flexible working conditions which can be negotiated on an individual basis.