Frontend Engineer, Scientific American

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Date: Mar 2, 2023

Location: New York, US Washington, US

Company: Springer Nature Group

Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S., reaches millions of people each month through its print magazine, app, social media and on We publish expert-written opinions and feature stories; news and feature articles by leading journalists; and award-winning graphics, art and multimedia. Our work is translated in more than 20 international magazine editions that are read around the world.


About the Springer Nature Group

Springer Nature opens the doors to discovery for researchers, educators, clinicians and other professionals. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals, platforms and technology solutions reach millions of people. For over 175 years our brands and imprints have been a trusted source of knowledge to these communities and today, more than ever, we see it as our responsibility to ensure that fundamental knowledge can be found, verified, understood and used by our communities – enabling them to improve outcomes, make progress, and benefit the generations that follow.


About Scientific American

Scientific American covers the most important and exciting research, ideas and knowledge in science, health, technology, the environment and society. It is committed to sharing trustworthy knowledge, enhancing our understanding of the world, and advancing social justice. Founded 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. It has published articles by more than 200 Nobel Prize winners and reaches more than 6 million people around the world each month through its website, print and digital editions, newsletters and app. It reaches millions more through social media and other platforms.


About the Role 

Scientific American is at a pivotal moment and preparing to build the next generation of our web platform, and we're looking for a pragmatic and experienced Frontend Engineer to help build the future of our platform. The role reports into the Director of Engineering. The ideal candidate will be a pragmatic developer who thrives in a collaborative environment and building sustainable systems.

The Frontend Engineer will contribute to a new distributed frontend and associated infrastructure. This will include:

  • Build a wide variety of compelling reader experiences, with careful attention to frontend performance and accessibility.
  • Expanding Node applications that serve as a highly performant and stable rendering layer for all of, tying together APIs from backend services.
  • Working with our new data team to create compelling personalized experiences.
  • Collaborate with the team to decide on how to approach features.
  • Creating internal power-tools for Editors and stakeholders.



  • Build fast and reliable interfaces, APIs, and services that can stand the test of time.
  • Work with Product, Engineering, and stakeholders to devise practical and effective solutions to frontend and Node challenges.
  • Create systems that integrate well with others, specifically around reliable data collection and personalization.
  • Participate in code reviews and cross-train other engineers as the team grows.
  • Follow best practices in documentation and testing.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed.


Experience, Skills, and Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (ES6+) in a production environment.
  • Some experience working in NodeJS and Express. Any experience with Python, which makes up the rest of our stack, would be a plus.
  • Solid technical judgement and a predilection towards simplicity and approachability.
  • Experience working on web applications with high traffic levels.
  • Comfortable working with modern reactive frameworks like React and Vue, but not dogmatic about them.
  • Familiar with accessibility and unit testing, or eager to learn.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, comfortable collaborating with other engineers and nontechnical stakeholders alike.
  • Familiarity with common Node tooling and build processes preferred.
  • Past experience in news media, publishing, or ecommerce would be a huge plus.



Springer Nature US provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes the benefit offerings listed below: 
•    Medical, Dental and Vision 
•    401(k) with company match and contribution
•    Hybrid office working policy, Summer Hours, and paid time off
•    Flexible Spending and Commuter programs
•    Multiple Life insurance options
•    Disability coverage
•    Tuition Assistance
•    Voluntary benefits: Identity Theft Protection, Pet Insurance, and Legal Assistance Insurance
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Family friendly benefits and a variety of employee discounts
•    An array of Employee Social Networks  


Annualized Base Salary Range: $88,000 – $130,000. The salary offer may vary based on work experience, education and skill level.
Springer Nature is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following “Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law” poster:  
Internal applicants: We encourage that you speak to your manager once the interview process has started. At the point of offer acceptance, it is required that you inform your manager.  If for any reason you’re unable to do so, please contact HR who can provide guidance as required.
At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We 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.
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