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

  • Competitive salary

  • 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.