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Software Engineer - Chicago

Instructure was founded on the idea that learning tools can be better. In the process, we dedicated ourselves to building cutting-edge, open source software that millions of students and teachers love. We believe technology is at its best when it's helping people improve themselves. If you agree and want to make a positive impact on education while solving the technical challenges that come with being the 15th largest website in the US, here's your opportunity!

We’re hiring engineers, who are passionate about technology and education, to help build new features into our existing products (Canvas, Bridge, and Arc).

Like our customers, we value a learning culture and expect our engineers to work closely with product, QA, and support to build the best possible solutions, not just write code to a spec. We put our money where our mouth is. Engineers at Instructure enjoy an annual company-wide tech conference in the Utah mountains, biweekly tech talks, and quarterly Hackweeks, all designed to encourage as much exploration and learning as possible

Most of our work is open source, even our primary product (Canvas). Check us out on Github:

Join us at our downtown Chicago office. Address: 1 Prudential Plaza, 130 E. Randolph St. Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60601

Who We Are:
We are full stack engineers with experience building web scale services in a loosely coupled but highly integrated system, as well as developing web scale single-page web apps with modern web technology.
We are a mixed stack and polyglot team with a deep commitment to quality and to using the right tech for each problem we solve.
We use Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, Node.js, Go, PostgreSQL, Linux, and our platform runs on AWS.

What We Look For:

  • Experience (and interest) in different languages and frameworks.
  • Skilled full stack developer, or an expert back-end developer open to growing towards full stack.
  • Ability to solve complex problems requiring in-depth analysis.
  • 3-5 years of professional software engineering experience.
  • Knowledge of Agile best practices.
  • Capable Communicator.
  • Crazy passionate about learning new stuff.
  • Knowledge of, and adherence to, coding best practices.
  • Ability and desire to work in an open and team-oriented environment.
    BS in Computer Science or related degree preferred.


  • Competitive salary, equity, and 401k
  • Employee stock purchase plan
    100% paid medical, dental, disability, and life insurance
  • HSA program, vision, voluntary life, and AD&D
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid time off, 9 paid holidays, and flexible work schedules
  • Gym club reimbursements and rewards-based fitness tracking
  • Latest software and tools with top of the line equipment
  • Food, lots of food.

We’ve always believed in hiring the most awesome people and treating them right. We know that the more diverse we are, the more diverse our ideas will be and when we openly welcome those ideas, our environment is better and our business is stronger.

At Instructure we participate in E-Verify and yes, in case you didn't catch it from the above, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.