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Senior Backend Engineer

Job in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

Work experience

5 to 7 years

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Work with us

Every day, our talented and multi-faceted team is working on creating the best travel app in the world. From the historical center of Amsterdam we're building the place to go to for travellers that want to plan, track and remember their adventures around the globe.

Our rapidly growing team of 12 (and counting!) is on a mission to inspire and connect people through travel. In the last 3 years we have welcomed over 2.000.000 users who added steps in 180+ countries. Our app was featured in Apple's WWDC keynote speeches of 2017 and 2018, and just a few months ago Google created this amazing short video about us. Surely, this puts a huge smile on our face, but our adventure has only just begun!

Backend at Polarsteps

We care deeply about ensuring a seamless, top quality user experience for every one of our travelers. At Polarsteps, we provide a fundamentally new type of product and are continuously iterating and innovating to turn our application into the best travel app out there. As a backend engineer, you can expect to work with a young and talented team on tackling challenging projects. This includes everything from scaling our rapidly growing application, to writing complex business logic.

Our ideal candidate

Is a seasoned, professional and pragmatic developer with a feel for product and 5+ years experience. You love to travel and enjoy solving complex challenges. If in addition to this, you have experience with large-scale backend platforms, then you’re exactly what we’re looking for.

Bonus points for experience with:

  • Python
  • Flask
  • Messaging queues (Celery, RabbitMQ)
  • Scalability of relational databases
  • Heroku, AWS
  • General DevOps tasks.


You know, perks... the cool stuff. Here is a list of things we have to offer. And yes, that free flight to a random location you've been hearing about, it's true. Try it out and give our Teleporter a spin here.

  • 28 days of vacay for all your travel desires 
  • Stock options
  • Daily team lunch
  • Talented international team
  • Office downtown Amsterdam
  • Free Travel Books
  • Commuting expenses reimbursed 

A free flight using our Teleporter. We believe that regardless of stock options and salary, what will really make you richer are your travel experiences. That is why once per year you’ll have the chance to use our Teleporter: with the push of a button, the Teleporter will go through all of the locations logged by our users and select a random one that is at least 1.000km away from Amsterdam. This is where your next adventure will take place! The flight is on us.

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About Polarsteps
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At Polarsteps we embarked on a journey with a clear destination: we want to create the best mobile travel app in the world. This destination is not a place, rather it is a new way of seeing things.
Yet - as always with travels - the journey itself is more important than the destination. Our journey still holds uncertainties, but that's...

Leisure, Travel & Tourism
30 employees