Senior Developer - Researcher Engagement

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Date: Oct 1, 2023

Location: Lisbon, PT

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Senior Developer - Researcher Engagement


We’re looking for an experienced Senior Software Developer who can help our team build new tools and services. 

Our vision is that researchers have access to a free personalised service with Springer Nature from the moment they log in. Using this they can publish quickly, discover relevant content, make connections, and accelerate their careers. We're creating one convenient place where researchers can manage their tasks, find relevant information to support their work and develop their careers. We support increased submissions to Open Access journals, collections and expedite turnaround times for the publishing process while building lasting relationships with researchers as shown by deeper engagement, curiosity and advocacy.
The job is based in our Lisbon hub, with team members also in London and Berlin. We offer a mix of remote and in office working, with up to four days a week working from home. You'll be part of our bigger community of developers located in Portugal, Germany, UK and India.

About Us


We are looking for skilled and passionate software developers to help us build a toolkit that supports daily practice and lifelong learning for professionals and researchers who want to stay-up-date, stay qualified and/or solve a specific problem. We do this by providing personalised reliable and targeted information, high-quality interactive content and tools, and continued education, anytime anywhere.

As a software developer on our team, you are responsible for providing the platform, services and know-how that support our various stakeholders in creating flexible and custom branded products.

We strive to continually improve products to best satisfy our stakeholders as well as our user’s needs. Our customer-centric and agile approach is fundamental to the way we work.
We also work closely with partners across the organisation to evolve our content and business models; keeping us competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape.
You will be joining a cross functional team with different nationalities, backgrounds and experience levels. All team members collaborate to deliver solutions that best satisfy the needs of researchers and other readers.

About You


  • You have experience developing software in Java or Kotlin.
  • You have experience working with cloud platforms such as GCP.
  • You are interested in data-centred applications.
  • You like working in a collaborative team, where there is collective ownership of the product.
  • You like getting involved with every stage of the software development lifecycle.
  • You enjoy working in a Test Driven environment and understand the benefits.
  • You enjoy pair programming and working in a trunk-based development environment; practising Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery.
  • You see the value in developers owning production software and view failure as a chance to learn.
  • Experience with http4k, Dataflow, Airflow, GBQ is a big plus.


What you will be doing


Within 3 Months you will:

  • Get familiar with our technology stack. Our applications are continually deployed from trunk to Cloud Foundry using Concourse.
  • Take part in developing new features as a member of the tech team.
  • Get familiar with, and take part in, the team’s agile processes and ceremonies.
  • Share your opinions and understanding of building resilient and supportable software.

By 3-6 months you will:

  • Be a supportive member on the development of the platform by using the right technology solutions to solve the problem at hand.
  • Help improve our technology stack.
  • Have an understanding of the team's context within the publishing business they are working in.
  • Be able to properly understand and discuss business requirements with Stakeholders of Product Owners.
  • Hold technical discussions with the team in order to improve the product architecture and code quality.
  • Contribute to blameless post-mortems.

By 6-12 months you will:

  • Onboard new members in the team or help other teams on the onboarding process.
  • Take part in the recruiting process helping assess applicants.
  • Transform high level requirements into actionable work.
  • Proactively provide useful and actionable feedback to team members.
  • Become an advocate for defining and implementing non-functional requirements.
  • Influence the design of the system architecture.
  • Coach junior members of the team.
  • Be able to explain and visualise the benefits and trade-offs of proposed solutions.
  • Participate in user research to better understand our users' needs.

Day to day responsibilities

  • As part of an Agile product team, day-to-day you will:
  • Take part in our daily stand-ups.
  • Contribute to ceremonies like planning, story writing & vertical slicing, collaborative design and retrospectives.
  • Develop new features and improve code quality by pair programming with other team members, as well as working independently.
  • Take part in support and monitoring of our websites.

To apply please upload a copy of your CV and cover letter, stating your salary expectations.



Springer Nature employs more than 10,000 people in over 50 markets, and is home to some of the best-known names in research, educational and professional publishing. 
We value and celebrate the diversity of our people. We recognise the many benefits of a diverse workforce and strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.
Working at the heart of a changing industry, we are always looking for great people who care about delivering quality to our customers and the communities we work alongside. In return, we provide opportunities to learn from some of the best in the business, with a culture that encourages curiosity and empowers people to find solutions and act on their instincts.
In addition, we offer:

  • 10% time (‘hack day’).
  • Private Health Insurance for you and your partner and children if applicable – Medis TOP + serious illnesses.
  • Personal accidents insurance.
  • Work Accidents Insurance – by law.
  • Food allowance, € 8,32 EUR per working day via meal card.
  • Up to 5 additional days off
    • In Portugal we have 22 vacation days by law after 1 year of service.
    • We will offer you 2 additional days off from the start.
    • After 1 year of service: 1 additional day = 25 days.
    • After 2 years of service: 1 additional day = 26 days.
    • After 3 years of service: 1 additional day = 27 days.
    • “Jubilee day” off after 5 years of service.
  • Up to 3 times a year, up to 3 days SN will “continue to pay” the salary for those sick days, as the first 3 days sick leave (baixa medica) are not covered by social security.
  • Up to 4 days per week working from home.
  • Work Mobile Phone.
  • Travel costs compensation for the commute to the office via a commute card (with the company NIF) up to max. € 40 per month.
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning via our internal learning and development platform 
  • Free access to all SN Publications.
  • Use of Urban Sports gyms at a reduced price.






At Springer Nature, we value the diversity of our teams and work to build an inclusive culture, where people are treated fairly and can bring their differences to work and thrive. We empower our colleagues and value their diverse perspectives as we strive to attract, nurture and develop the very best talent.

Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here.

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