Senior Python Engineer, Scientific American

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Date: Nov 25, 2022

Location: New York, 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 Senior Python Engineer to architect and build big ideas.
The Senior Python Engineer will help build out our new platform, oversee a smooth migration, and iterate on it over time. This will include:

  • Creating Django and other Python applications (and smaller supporting services) to power our editorial and ecommerce operations.
  • APIs, feeds, and other integrations supporting a Distributed Frontend and third party services.
  • Collaborating with Data Engineers on ambitious projects to drive engagement.
  • Creating internal power-tools for editors and stakeholders.
  • Helping to shape our standards for best practices around testing, code quality, and sustainability.


The role reports into the Director of Engineering. The ideal candidate will be an experienced and product-minded engineer who thrives on simplifying hard problems and empowering other engineers. Flexible work arrangements are available. 


  • Build fast, reliable and secure applications, REST APIs, and services that can stand the test of time.
  • Provide and support technical leadership within the team, including through cross-training, coaching, and code review.
  • Lead the technical effort on ambitious greenfield projects and iterate on the problem space over time.
  • Work closely with product managers and technical leadership to shape and execute on practical solutions to complex problems.
  • Create systems that integrate well with others, including distributed frontends, data collection and personalization.
  • Mentor and cross-train other engineers as the team grows.
  • Model best practices in documentation and testing.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable, multi-year experience in Python, as well as Django or similar web frameworks.
  • Experience with task queues, microservices, caching, and other common techniques found in complex web applications.
  • Experience working in Docker or AWS, or eager to learn.
  • Experience with MySQL or similar.
  • Excellent technical judgement and a predilection towards simplicity and approachability.
  • Experience maintaining web applications with high traffic levels.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, comfortable collaborating with other engineers and nontechnical stakeholders alike.
  • Experience building fast and easy to use internal tools is always a plus.
  • Past experience in news media, publishing, or ecommerce would be a huge plus.


If you are an internal applicant please inform your line manager.


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: $130,000 – $147,000. 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:
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.