Lead Backend Engineer
Located in Chicago’s River North area, Level Ex’s fast-growing game studio is transforming the way surgeons hone their skills by practicing high-risk surgeries with the latest medical devices in our industry-leading mobile, AR, and VR titles.
Our games are built using state-of-the-art graphics and physics tech, and deploy an arsenal of well-designed game mechanics to capture the thrill and challenge of performing real surgery. These games increase dramatically in difficulty as the player progresses, and are carefully crafted with professional level design, compulsion loops, flow channels, and deliberate gameplay balance. Backed by a mature art pipeline and latest-gen engine tech, we’re able to recreate surgery with spectacular realism.
Our engine has earned the trust of the country’s leading physicians; plus, we’ve custom-built GPU-based real-time fluids, tissue shading, and soft-body systems that enable a wide range of new game mechanics in mobile and VR. Our team unites award-winning game designers, developers, and artists with industry-leading surgeons, all passionate about using game design approaches to keep doctors across the world performing at the top of their game.
We’re looking for a technical, experienced Lead Backend Engineer to join our team.
What You’ll Be Doing with Us
Owning and managing strategy and implementation for the ‘live’ elements of our products, including: “game server” (leaderboards, achievements, groups/clans, etc.), persistent data storage, single sign-on, analytics, notifications, attribution, etc.
Architecting backend systems
Coordinating with the lead product manager, BI, and other teams on backend and analytics engineering needs
Managing and maintaining backend tools for mobile games
Integrating and configuring 3rd party backend solutions and SDKs
Who We Want To Meet
4+ years of experience working with backend tools and cloud services for games (analytics, notifications, etc.)
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent combination of education and experience
Extensive database and remote API experience, including fluency in SQL
Knowledge and comfort with analytics tools i.e: Leanplum, DeltaDNA, Tableau, Looker, etc.
Familiarity with at least one of the major three Cloud providers; AWS, GCP or Azure
Experience working with stakeholders to design and implement custom web services
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Bonus Points Awarded For
2+ years of experience in iOS & Android development
2+ years of experience with gaming as a service provider, such as Playfab or Gamesparks
Experience with a data warehouse tool, like Snowflake
Experience with Unity or UE4
Experience in at least one; C++, C# or Java
Masters or PhD in Computer Science or a related field
How We Make You Happy
Creating games that genuinely make a difference in people’s lives
Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays
Medical, dental and vision benefits
401k plan with matching, flex spending account, and commuter benefits
Unlimited cold brew coffee, beer, and tasty snacks
Flexible, reasonable work schedules in a team-focused environment
For the fastest consideration please send us your resume along with a cover letter detailing why you’re a fit for this role using the “Apply” button at the top. We look forward to hearing from you and exploring the possibilities.
No Agencies/Recruiters Please
Candidates must be authorized to work and accept new employment in the U.S.