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Backend developer (Node.js/Python)


Montreal, CA

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Industry: Consumer
  • Post Date: 06/23/2022
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 5333 avenue Casgrain, Suite 803, Montreal, QC H2T 1X3, CA

About Transit

The simple and beautiful way to get around. Live in more than 300 cities. Made in Montreal.

Job Description

Say it takes 650 seconds to walk to your bus stop. Now, imagine leaving your house 649 seconds before your bus “should” arrive. You walk your normal pace, you turn the last corner, and just as you reach the stop—your bus pulls in.

It sounds amazing. Unlikely. Too good to be true. But thanks to our real-time data engineers, we’re closer than ever. Transit supports vehicle tracking in all major cities: we pull real-time data from agency servers, add some special sauce, then share those departure times with millions of riders. Will they have time for one more cup of coffee? Or will they have to sprint to the stop?

That’s for you to say: you’ll be unifying messy APIs, extracting relevant data, and linking it together with our static transit info. You’ll be scaling and refining our in-house prediction tools and algorithms. You’ll be merging agency real-time with crowdsourced data from millions of users. The fruits of your labour? Reliable real-time, no missed trips, and millions of happy riders. The extra coffee probably helped ;)

📝 Responsibilities

  • Merge hundreds of third-party APIs in various formats (some clean as a whistle, others plain nasty) into a single, scalable, elegant API
  • Develop strategies and tools that allow multiple sets of data to be cross-matched and merged if necessary
  • Build services that scale efficiently with fluctuations of the data
  • Process vehicle location data in real time in order to warn users when there is a detour on their trip

✅ Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 years or equivalent of Node.JS or Python
  • Knowledge of object-oriented & functional programming
  • Experience building backend server systems that process big amounts of data
  • Experience dealing with REST APIs (JSON, XML, GET, POST, etc.)
  • Satisfactory communication skills in English and/or French

💯 Would be nice if…

  • Polyglot! The more languages you can speak, write and understand, the better
  • Knowledge of Node.js, regexp, bash (bonus points for C++)
  • Comfortable with Kubernetes and Cloud deployments
  • Used to work with Git and GitHub
  • Passionate about cities, urbanism, public transit, design, technology, or all the above
  • Experience dealing with multiple sources of data and different APIs
  • Familiarity with transportation data formats like GTFS, GTFS-rt, NEPTUNE, TransitXChange...

Don’t feel like all the requirements apply to you but you still think you’d be a great fit for Transit? Don’t hesitate to apply!

💰 Compensation and benefits

  • Competitive salary and stock options
  • Comprehensive medical and dental coverage
  • 5 weeks vacation
  • Apple laptop and equipment
  • $1,500 annual mobility allowance. STM? BIXI? Uber? E-bike? Scooter? Going car-free is free at Transit.
  • A training and development budget
  • Generous maternal/paternal/parental leave policy. Gotta fill out our tandem bicycles somehow!
  • Flexible work hours
  • Spend your days surrounded by first-rate teammates and the best view of Montreal Zoom backgrounds in the world

👨‍💻 A note on diversity

Public transit is used by overwhelmingly more women and people of colour than other modes of transportation. We try to make sure the diversity of our users is reflected in the team that serves them. Because when we include people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and identities — we end up building a better app for everyone who uses Transit.

We encourage candidates of all ages, genders, origins and orientations to apply. If you’d like to specify which pronouns you’d like to be referred to, feel free to include that in your application email.

And if your lived experience has given you a unique perspective on all things transportation, mobility, accessibility, urbanism? Let us know, and we’ll make sure your application gets the attention it merits.

📬 How to apply

Send your resume, GitHub account and other relevant info to [email protected].

PS: When you apply, let us know how you heard about the position! Whispers, grapevines, middle-of-the-night Google searches? We’re dying to know.

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