We started illumis with a clear problem in mind: government records are far too difficult to access. This impedes transparency, and makes it harder for people who need access to this information to do their jobs.

We build tools for transparency that help our users access public information, put it into context, and make use of it. We bat well above our weight - we're a small but rapidly-growing company with customers that include some of the largest financial institutions, media companies, political campaigns, and nonprofit organizations in the world. Our customers use our products to solve a wide range of problems – from avoiding conflicts of interest and ensuring compliance regulatory requirements, to deep-dive investigations into firms, and vetting for potential reputational risks.

Our team is a mix of engineers, open data geeks, and political researchers who are curious, hardworking, and care. Members of our team are given - and expected to take - a high degree of ownership when it comes to the work we do. We care about what we do and the people we do it with. We’re guided by a deep empathy for our customers and their needs, and we think carefully about how our users - and our world - may be affected by the decisions we make. We’re constantly aiming to drive improvements for our users, and build useful things that make our world better.

At illumis you will have the opportunity to work on a rapidly growing search and data platform. As a full-stack application engineer you will be crucial in helping the team solve the challenge of building and maintaining a platform that enables our users to efficiently search across thousands of diverse sources in real-time while distilling the results into actionable data and insights via an elegant and robust user-interface.

Skills and responsibilities

In this role, you will:
  • Build, maintain, and improve both customer-facing and internal applications in Python (Django) and JavaScript (React)
  • Create modular, reusable UI components that allow for rapidly delivering new features and platforms
  • Contribute to sensible UX decisions while collaborating with designers and product owners
  • Build, maintain, and improve backend APIs and data-pipelines that power the application frontend
  • Write and maintain automated tests
  • Measure and improve application performance including database query/schema design
  • Strategize about product and customer-facing decisions

About you:
  • You’re excited by open-ended problems and are comfortable designing and implementing new features or systems from scratch
  • You’re always thinking about ways to improve systems and how they can fail
  • You’re focused on delivery, work iteratively, and have a keen eye for “good-enough”
  • You understand that code is written for your fellow programmers as much as for the computer it’s running on, and strive for clear, modular code, with sensible abstractions
  • You enjoy working collaboratively with both your fellow engineers and the business team
  • You are eager to both learn and teach

Some of the main technologies we work with:
Python, Celery, Django, React, Redux, WebSockets, Git, Linux, GCP, Docker, Kubernetes, Jenkins, Postgres, Redis, Elasticsearch

We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We value diverse opinions, backgrounds and experiences, and are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.


  • Location:
    New York
    COVID-19 Many of us normally share a (great!) office in Chinatown in Manhattan, but several members of our engineering team are distributed across the country. Our whole team has been fully-distributed since early March. At this point, we do not expect to re-open the office until late in the year. This position can be based anywhere in the United States, with the option to work from our New York City office.
  • This job is remote friendly.
  • Deadline: n/a


Minimum qualifications