Axiom Zen is hiring a

Polyglot Software Engineer

Vancouver, Canada

Axiom Zen is a team of experienced software architects, engineers, and designers who like to work on experimental, cutting-edge projects. With low hierarchy and an open, supportive environment, we can give you space to create the best work of your life.


Position Description

Axiom Zen is a best practices-driven engineering team (committed to continuous deployment, continuous integration, automated testing, etc), looking for talented and startup-minded polyglot engineers to join our growing team -- in Vancouver, BC; San Francisco, CA; or Santiago, Chile. 

Among others our recent works leverage node.js; vanilla JavaScript as well as frameworks including Angular.js and backbone; Go; and Swift. We also work with Objective-C, Java, Ruby, Python, and Lisp. Experience in some languages not listed here (Haskell, Erlang..) is a plus, so let us know!

The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of web or mobile technology, software design patterns and best practices as well as a love for building user-centric products that set new standards in usability and performance. 


About You

  • Experience shipping high quality code in a fast-paced mission-critical environment
  • Demonstrated interest in working with new technologies and thinking outside the box 
  • Strong grasp of CS fundamentals, algorithms, data structures, and design patterns
  • Commitment to practical application of best practices in software development including TDD, continuous integration, Agile, and continuous delivery
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, or equivalent experience

Bonus Points:

  • Good grasp of UX and UI design principles
  • Expertise with Node.js and/or Go
  • Expertise in obscure or under-used programming languages
  • Interest or expertise in big data, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), data mining, voice recognition or other artificial intelligence
  • Prior startup experience with top-tier companies
  • Familiarity and comfort with git and GitHub
  • Creator or contributor to an open source project
  • Knowledge/experience with redis, memcached, and other NoSQL systems

How to Apply

Apply via the form below and introduce yourself! Please include any information that will help us get to know you better, such as your resume, links to GitHub or recent side projects. Also, please briefly (50 words or less) tell us about the most impressive thing you have built or achieved.


About Us

Axiom Zen is a startup that builds startups. We specialize in new venture creation, taking ideas from paper to product-market fit. We have developed the people, processes, and perspectives necessary to successfully navigate the nexus where the latest advancements in design, engineering, and business intersect.

We believe traditional approaches to innovation have stopped working; the strategic landscape is changing too fast. By the time carefully-laid plans are implemented, they are already outdated. A successful endeavour doesn’t play catch-up!

Optimizing for impact often means working with emerging technologies (like VR and AI), but also includes advances in product, visual design, and even storytelling. Our team of fifty founder-quality engineers, designers, and product leads combine a wealth of experience from fast-growing startups as well as companies like Apple, Google, and SpaceX.


Salary and Benefits:

Competitive salary plus bonus, top-tier benefits, and generous stock / equity. 

We provide exceptional benefits:

  • Premium Insurance. Axiom Zen provides full health, life and AD&D insurance as well as premium vision, dental, and extended health benefits.
  • Active Professional Development. We actively participate in the development of our team. You have access to a Professional Development budget of $1200 per quarter allocated, separate from your compensation, to be spent on conferences, classes, books, and any other resources to maintain and expand your skill set, industry knowledge, and professional growth. Or take someone interesting to coffee for in-person learning.
  • Speaker Travel Budget. We believe strongly that all our team members should have the opportunity to become thought leaders in their fields. To support this, we have a standard policy to cover travel + accommodations for speaking engagements anywhere in the Americas, and are very willing to support speaking engagements elsewhere around the world as well.
  • Mandatory 15 Off Days Per Year and Flexible Remote Work Policy. We have a high standard for impact but we insist on work-life harmony and believe in balance. Minimum of 15 off days every year, with no hard limit.
  • “Live the Brand” Products. We also believe that using great products helps us build them better. Every team member receives a generous equipment budget to try new gadgets, tools, platforms, and products. This includes new wearables, internet-of-things gadgets, etc.
  • “Live the Brand” Experiences. Several times per week, the team engages in fun and exciting products & experiences sponsored by the company. Everyone has the opportunity to submit ideas. We believe time outside of the office helps us think outside the box.
  • Top-Line Equipment. Apple laptop, large 2nd monitor, personal gadget budget, company smartphone of your choice in addition to fully paid voice and data plan. Models dependent upon needs and department function.
  • Maternity / Paternity Leave. Flexible leave in addition to existing leave allowance in accordance with state and federal laws.
  • Transport Reimbursement. We cover public transport to work and back. If you bike to work instead, we set aside $1000/year for bike maintenance. If you walk to work, we’ll bonus you the same amount as a rental subsidy.
  • Quarterly Alignment Check-ins. You will receive quarterly ‘alignment’ check-ins focused on making sure you are achieving your own goals.


Zen Den Vancouver

B1 - 788 Beatty St.
Vancouver BC V6B 2M1