Our job is to help scientists get the PDFs they need instantly so they can save time and find cures. We're the second largest search engine for science behind Google Scholar … and want to be number one.
Driven engineers seeking teammate.
We're generalists, so we hire talented engineers who get things done, and done well. Our ideal developers love software, have side projects that they can't wait to show off, and are looking for a place where their contributions will make the world better.
Pubget is located in the Boston seaport in a contemporary open space. We offer a flexible work environment, catered meals and the latest tech. We're a small team (fewer than 20 people) with startup culture … fully embraced by Copyright Clearance Center, the big company that bought us in 2012. Are we a big stable company with great benefits? Are we a small, nimble, quick, and on-the-edge software company? Yep. But for us, most importantly we make a meaningful impact on the pace of scientific discoveries. We make the world better.
Pubget is way more than just a killer search engine, we offer a suite of products that research institutions know is worth paying for because it helps them serve their scientists more efficiently.
One Position Open as of January, 2014
Get Your Software Engineering Career Off to a Great Start
You have recently graduated with a CS degree, or maybe you're working to move into professional software development from another technical role. Google, Microsoft, Facebook are all hiring, but they're too big. There are lots of startups out there, but they're too small.
Check out Pubget, maybe we're just right! We work like a startup, but we're building serious, complex, and world-changing software quickly and building it properly, like a real software company.
A couple years ago, Pubget the startup got acquired by the biggest player in "rights management", Copyright Clearance Center (copyright.com). If you care about Digital Rights Management (DRM) we're right in the middle of that. Pubget's part of this helps scientific researchers and authors get access to the journal articles they need to advance their work. Companies and universities want to do that efficiently, and that's why Copyright.com bought us.
Since our free-wheeling startup days, we have been re-building to create rock solid software, using real software engineering practices. We're getting even more users, more customers, and building new features. We still have the urgency, adrenaline, and fun of a startup, and we're in our own funky downtown office. But we're also part of a company that has been around for decades. We're working hard to keep Pubget the best of both worlds.
Pubget is big: 100+ requests per second, 35M documents, big data, hundreds of cloud servers, millions of visitors— not a kiddie-ride site like most startups. We do this all with 10 engineers—configuring servers, developing, testing and responding when there are problems: there's no better way to learn and understand how software engineering works at scale.
As we grow up, we're looking for a new person to join our software engineering team. What we're looking for is talent, passion, drive and the desire to understand the parts of building software that you don't have (yet). We think that it's what's between peoples' ears that makes great software engineers, not what courses they have taken or jobs they have had.
Of course what you learn in school, and what you have learned by doing are important, too. We're looking for people who know (or have learned) that the way to learn for real is by doing something real.
Here are some of the skills we hope you know, but you'll have a chance to do: Ruby on Rails, TDD, SQL, Lucene, ElasticSearch, Nginx, Unicorn, Amazon AWS, Chef, Git, Linux and much more. What we care about is that you have a strong desire and ability to learn, to figure things out, to grow, and be part of a killer team that's doing something good for the world.
Pubget is located in South Boston with good access to the T via South Station.
Pubget, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Copyright Clearance Center, provides software focused on expediting discoverability, access to, and analysis of content. By integrating CCC and Pubget services, we now bring clients a seamless end-to-end content search, retrieval and management solution that makes voluntary copyright compliance easy.E-mail us to apply!
Peter Cepeda Lead UX Developer
Peter sets Pubget's stylistic stage as our Lead UX Developer. Peter is our "unicorn"—the mythical beast who is a brilliant designer and writes clean and beautiful code. An adept martial artist, when not kicking derriere, he is designing and developing iOS games as a hobby.
Kate Daly Associate Software Engineer
Kate studied business in school, and took her degree to a natural place: starting her own web-based company. During this time, she found the technical parts of her work more interesting than running the business. So she started teaching herself how to code like a rockstar. Kate is an active member of the Boston Ruby Group, and was one of the first graduates of Launch Academy. Kate joined Pubget in late 2013 and hit the ground running—in a matter of weeks she helped fix one of the key (but neglected) components that keeps Pubget fresh and accurate. Kate is an athlete who swims, runs, and practices yoga; her latest passion is lifting weights.
Anit Das Lead Software Engineer
Anit is the lead developer on PaperStats, and also makes all of Pubget accessible via a RESTful API used by major corporations, and internally. Anit has a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University which he claims qualifies him to know where to find: dentists and churches. Anit is part of a local improv group—so it's OK to say he's a funny guy.
Pat Dignan Lead Software Engineer
Pat graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Computer Science. He has worked on our back end systems that gather and manage the data behind Pubget, and is our Amazon Web Services guru. Lately Pat has been building our new search platform running on Elasticsearch. Pat prefers writing Ruby to writing English. He prefers writing Python to writing Ruby, but only mentions that several times a day. He also mentions that vim is superior to all other editors.
Ian Donovan Software Engineer
Ian joined Pubget after getting his BS in Computer Engineering from Tufts. Pubget Updates was his first major contribution to the team, but he's now reworking the code that gobbles up millions of article abstracts. Ian is also a stand-up comic and eats like a squirrel. (Note: the preceding assertion regarding squirrels should not be construed as "eating a small amount".)
Tom Harrison Director of Engineering
Tom's a serial startup guy—a technical leader, inventor, manager, software architect, scrum master, but really a developer, and taker-out-of-trash. He's our liaison between business and technical worlds, and doesn't flinch when bureaucracy comes a knockin'. Tom is a Princeton graduate and leaves early on Tuesdays to practice yoga (thus offsetting bureaucracy).
Matt Moskwa Senior Software Engineer
Matt's been with Pubget since the beginning, joining in early 2009 and building the framework for many of the features that make our software the fastest way to get access to scientific research. Matt loves nothing more than figuring out paths to PDFs—just ask him. Matt is our Pubget historian (often answering question starting with "What the...???"), and one of our goto-guys for ruby brilliance. Matt's an MIT grad who loves making music on the side.
David Mudrauskas Associate Developer
David has been with Pubget for a few years now. When he started, he manned the phone lines and kept our customers happy. But his personal ambitions lead him to learn more about software engineering, and on his own, he learned enough to automate many of the routine tasks he had done by hand—David coded himself out of a job. And into a new one—David is a developer on our engineering team as of 2014.